2020.20.0.0 GB/EN

All About Electric

Is an electric car right for me?

Costs, charging times and range. These are all common factors people consider when they are wondering whether an electric vehicle is right for them. Read on and learn more about the benefits of electric cars.

Why go electric?

Economical
On average a 100-mile trip in an electric car costs significantly less than a petrol equivalent*.

Fun to drive
Electric acceleration and quieter on the road. Our electric cars are a pleasure to drive.

Charging times
Charging technology is advancing all the time, with rapid chargers now able to top up some electric cars in less than an hour**.

Range
Don’t give in to range anxiety. We engineer our electric cars to go the distance and give you plenty of mileage.

Business benefits
Switching to electric may make significant whole-life savings for your business. There are also government incentives that might be available to you and help sweeten the deal.

Let us show you the difference between different types of electric vehicles

BEVs – Battery Electric Vehicles

BEVs are powered by electricity alone. They are zero-emission while driving and could come with plenty of money-saving benefits, including tax exemptions. The SEAT Mii electric is an example of a BEV and is our first ever pure electric car.

PHEVs – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

PHEVs combine the power of both a petrol engine and an electric motor. The Leon e-HYBRID for example can run purely on electricity for around 30 miles, but also give you a petrol engine to fall back on if you need to drive further***. Discover the New Leon e-HYBRID (PHEV) here.

MHEVs – Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles

When you drive a MHEV, the petrol engine is supported by an electric motor. The electric motor allows the car’s engine to switch off when coasting, braking or stopped, and quickly turns it back on when needed.

BEVs – Battery Electric Vehicles

BEVs are powered by electricity alone. They are zero-emission while driving and could come with plenty of money-saving benefits, including tax exemptions. The SEAT Mii electric is an example of a BEV and is our first ever pure electric car.

PHEVs – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

PHEVs combine the power of both a petrol engine and an electric motor. The Leon e-HYBRID for example can run purely on electricity for around 30 miles, but also give you a petrol engine to fall back on if you need to drive further***. Discover the New Leon e-HYBRID (PHEV) here.

MHEVs – Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles

When you drive a MHEV, the petrol engine is supported by an electric motor. The electric motor allows the car’s engine to switch off when coasting, braking or stopped, and quickly turns it back on when needed.

What are the costs?

If you’re looking for information on how much it costs to go electric, have a look at our ‘All about costs’ page.

Charging

Our ‘All about charging’ page takes you through everything from how to plug in your vehicle to how long it takes to fully charge. It also tells you where your nearest charging points are using Zap Map.

Electric Vehicles for your business

Explore our electric fleet models and discover the amount your business could save using our tax calculators, you can also learn how you could benefit from government grants.

FAQs

If you have any questions, we’ve got it covered in our FAQs.

Glossary

If you don’t know your Direct Current from your kilowatt hours, our jargon-busting glossary was made for you.

Want to discover more about our electric vehicles?

Please note that some images may not reflect UK specification and some derivatives may not be available to order. Please refer to the brochure and price list.

 

*In general, fuel costs for a petrol car can be three times as much as an electric car. For example, Mii electric costs 3.4 pence per mile (using official WLTP economy figure at 4.24 miles per kWh and electricity cost at 14.4p per kWh). The last model of a petrol Mii 1.0 75PS achieved 10.13 pence per mile (using official NEDC economy of 49.6mpg and petrol at 110.5p per litre). Therefore a 100 mile journey is £3.40 in the Mii electric or £10.13 in an equivalent petrol model.

 

**Today's rapid chargers generate an output of 50kW and in some cases up to 150kW. If an electric car can accept charge that high, it can charge a battery in under an hour.

 

***Figures were obtained using a combination of battery power and fuel. Mains electricity required for charging. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent all-electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results.

Find a Retailer

Find a Retailer

Contact Me

Contact Me

Finance Calculator

Finance Calculator