Electric vehicles, unlike most other on the market, use electricity for power. Electricity is stored in a large battery that is charged from an electric supply, such as a wall plug or a charging station. Unlike hybrid cars, pure electric vehicles’ engines do not use any other type of fuel whatsoever.
Resources such as oil, coal and gas are finite, which means that they will eventually run out one day. Electricity, on the other hand, is sustainable, friendlier for the planet and easier to put into use. For these reasons, electric vehicles are often seen as being the future, with the UK having committed itself to banning diesel and petrol cars by 2040.
Although the initial cost of an electric vehicle is higher than that of conventional one, electric vehicle battery prices have dropped 80% in the last 6 years, making the vehicles themselves increasingly more affordable as well. Government grants exist for both Plug-In Vehicles and homechargers and the Energy Saving Trusts estimates that charging an electric car at home costs between £2 and £4 for every 100 miles, making them extremely cost-effective.
The newest generation of the LEAF has a range of up to 150 miles and 100% torque off the line, with no emissions whatsoever. This is possible thanks to the near-instantaneous power of electricity and the improvements that EV batteries have seen. Charged using a 240V outlet at home, one hour of charge allows for up to 22 miles of range.
You won’t have to worry about having to change your new LEAF’s battery, as all new models we sell come with a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Even if you buy a used LEAF, Nissan have only had to replace 3 batteries out of 30,000 in Europe from 2011 to 2014. With the technology getting better and better, you won’t have to worry about buying a replacement battery.
You can charge the Nissan LEAF the traditional way like any other appliance by using a domestic wall socket, or using a home charger. If you buy a new LEAF through finance, you might be eligible for a grant towards installing a home charger, with the latest 7kW home charger allowing for a full charge in as little as 7.5 hours.
In the unlikely event that this happens, check if the Charging Timer mode is on. If it is off, attempt a “reboot” of the car by unplugging the battery, disconnecting it on the negative side under the hood, and then reconnecting it after 5 to 10 minutes. If the problem persists, contact us to book an inspection to help identify the issue.
An optional addition to the old models of the Nissan LEAF, it is now standard on all trims of the newest generation LEAF. The Quick Charge Port is a 50kW CHAdeMO rapid charging port that allows for full charge to be achieved in less than an hour when used with a compatible charger.
Virtually all manufacturers are releasing electric models at the minute. Our favourites at the moment have to be the Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe and Tesla Model S. We have great offers and prices on all our electric vehicles, so take the time to browse our offers and new and used stock.
Using both a fuel and an electric engine, hybrid vehicles make use of one or the other when that type of power is most efficient. For instance, it is common that for up to 15 mph, only electric power is used, with the petrol engine kicking in afterwards when it is most efficient. Systems such as regenerative braking allow for the wheels to recharge the battery while petrol is being used. Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) allow for a larger battery that can be charged like that of a regular electric vehicle, as well as for the car to run in Electric-only mode for a short while.
Fuel savings offer the main savings when running a hybrid, especially in town, because it often drives only using its electric powered engine with electricity that has been self-generated in motion meaning that you're not using fuel. You can make a small saving on hybrid models registered after 1st April 2017 which only pay £130 on annual road tax compared to petrol and diesel engine cars that are charged £140. Used hybrid cars registered before 1st April 2017 will still have their road tax charged according to CO2 emissions. Thanks to their low emissions levels, you will likely pay £0 annually. In addition, if they emit less than 75g/km, it will also be exempt from the congestion charge which currently stands at £11.50 a day.