Why Should You Buy A Hybrid Or Electric Car

The future of the car industry is electric. Here at Wilsons, we’re dedicated to being at the forefront of the latest major change in the motor industry, and as a result, we’ve become Surrey’s leading electric car specialist. We stock the most popular electric and hybrid models available on the market. Discover the Nissan Leaf or the top-of-the-range Tesla vehicles, as well as offerings from Hyundai, who are investing heavily in this sector, not forgetting hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander.

An electric car, put simply, is a vehicle that’s powered by an electric motor rather than by a petrol or diesel engine. The 100% electric vehicles (EVs) run solely on electricity, and the plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) have a small engine for when the rechargeable battery runs low. They’re safe, cheap to run, and with the market expanding all the time, come in different shapes and sizes to meet individual drivers’ needs.

Not only are electric vehicles getting better by the year in terms of technology and range, but they’re also being heavily invested in as the future means of transport. The UK government plans to put a lot of money into EV battery research to make them the cheapest, greenest and most efficient option for all drivers.

It’s estimated that by the mid-2020s, EVs will outcompete traditional cars on running costs, and by 2040, petrol and diesel cars will no longer exist. Indeed, the popularity of hybrid models is steadily rising already with tougher emissions legislation and the backlash against diesel.

There is also an ever-expanding network of EV charging stations, including rapid charging stations for people on the go. Most EVs can now achieve a range of 70 to 130 miles as standard, with more advanced models easily able to do between 200 and 300 miles. The average commute is fewer than 40 miles a day, meaning that even the shortest range of EVs will be more than enough to satisfy your requirements. So-called ‘range anxiety’ has become a thing of the past.

Get ahead of the game today by checking out our huge range of electric and hybrid vehicles on offer (new hybrid cars here and used hybrid cars here), or find out which models we consider to be the best hybrid cars. If you’ve got any questions, please contact us online or pop into our showroom for a chat with one of our specialist hybrid and EV advisors, and we’ll happily introduce you to the exciting world of electric vehicle ownership.

Click here to find the running costs of a hybrid car or here to learn more about the differences between electric and hybrid cars.

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Transport For London

Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

Information from Transport For London

Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle/

All our vehicles are subject to an Admin Fee. Our Admin Fee covers any additional administration needed during your transaction, including a thorough provenance check (HPI Check). The admin fee also includes the cost to fully valet, register and, if necessary, MOT your vehicle (if less than 6 months left of current MOT).

Our administration fee is a variable fee which covers the additional administration needed when transacting with different categories of customers as specified. Retail Customers £199.00 - (Private buyers - NOT an owner, partner or director of a new/used vehicle sales company). Retail Customers using a finance broker outside our official panel of lenders paying funds direct to Wilsons Epsom - £399.00. All fees are inclusive of VAT.