Our sales executives are fully trained in an extensive range of electric and hybrid vehicles, including new vehicles from Ford Ford and a range of used vehicles from other manufactuers. They can advise you on which type of hybrid or electric car or van is best for you and your needs. With four showrooms across Norfolk, in Attleborough, Fakenham and Norwich, Busseys are your first stop if you’re looking for Electric and Hybrid vehicles.
What are the benefits of electric vehicles?
Although the initial upfront purchase price of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle may be higher, it is offset by lower running costs.
- The typical range of a fully charged electric vehicle will give you roughly 100 miles and will cost approximately £4-£6 if charging at home. Driving 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car will cost you roughly £13-£16
- Fewer mechanic components which in turn offers lower servicing and maintenance costs.
- They’re great for the environment!
Which Electric Vehicle Is Right For Me?
There are four different types of electric cars or vans to choose from and it’s important that you know the differences between them if you’re thinking about making the switch
- Can’t ever be run with zero emissions
- Features a small battery pack with an integrated-starter generator
- Designed to improve efficiency and give a small boost in acceleration
- Has both a battery and a fuel engine
- Cannot be charged via a plug
- Engine is still the main power source
- Battery is charged by the combustion engine and regenerative breaking which captures the kinetic energy released during breaking
- Has both a battery powered motor and a fuel powered engine
- Batteries are charged the same as BEV vehicles (via a charging point)
- Seen as a stepping stone to going full electric
- Full charge should be enough to complete your daily commute
- Typically runs on electricity until completed
- Runs solely on electricity, powered by a large battery pack
- Has no internal combustion engine, thus produces zero tailpipe emissions
- All the energy is stored in the battery pack which is recharged by plugging the vehicle into an external power source such as a charging station or wall outlet
An introduction to electric and hybrid cars
How to charge and maintain an electric car
Electric Vehicle Driving Tips
- Avoid higher energy consumption by avoiding harsh acceleration, cornering and braking
- Lower your speed where possible
- Air conditioning and heated seats are power-hungry, use them sparingly
- If your electric car allows you to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin before your journey then make use of that functionality, as you can use mains electricity rather than the cars battery
- Maintain your tyres. Electric vehicles are concerned with reducing energy consumption, which is liable to increase with unsuitable or poorly inflated tyres
How do I charge my vehicle?
230V Wall Outlet
Plug-In Hybrids and All-Electric vehicles can be charged on a 230V outlet. However, charging your vehicle using this method will take longer. Wallboxes are a much quicker way of charging.
Wallboxes are a fantastic and much faster way of charging your vehicle at home. It is recommended that you charge your vehicle overnight so it is full of charge the next morning.
Learn more about Electric Vehicle Homecharge Schemes
Public Charging Stations
Public charging stations are available in many cities and work places. They charge your vehicle much faster than at home, delivering 80% charge in just 30 minutes! However, don't expect all charging stations to be free of charge, there may be a fee to pay and charging capability can vary.
Find your nearest public charging station on Zap-Map.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Overall, yes! They are a lot cheaper to maintain, there’s no oil to change, no gaskets to replace. Also, electric vehicles are quite often more reliable as there are fewer moving parts.
No. Manufacturers have built in precautions so this won’t happen.
You will still need to register your Electric Vehicle for road tax. Some electrified cars are exempt from road tax, and others benefit from a discount compared to petrol or diesel vehicles. Full-electric cars do not have to pay any road tax, although there is a charge if the car costs over £40,000.
You can charge your vehicle at home or at any public electric charging points. Take a look at our map to find the nearest charging point to you!
Charging an electric vehicle roughly costs £627 a year.
Just as a petrol or diesel vehicle, it is important to keep your vehicle well-maintained. Annual servicing is recommended even though there are less mechanical issues that can go wrong, your vehicle may still suffer from wear and tear to items such as tyres.
Yes, you can install an at-home charger so you can recharge your vehicle overnight. If you’re looking to install your own charging point, the government provides financial support by way of the Electric Vehicle Home-Charge Scheme, which can cover up to 75% of the costs associated with installation. Find out more information here