There are more than 150,000 plug-in cars on UK roads, a figure that has grown by 50% in the past year as Brits switch to battery power, a testament to the rising popularity of hybrid and electric cars compared with just 3,500 in 2013. This huge increase in electric cars in 2018 is due to:
- a greater level of choice for drivers
- a shift in the public’s attitude towards electric cars
- constantly improving public recharging network
This means that UK electric car buyers have a greater selection of vehicles to choose from than ever before. Drivers are increasingly looking to ditch petrol and diesel engines.
From the new Jaguar i-Pace, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S to the 2019 Audi E-tron launching this autumn, electric vehicles (EVs) are proving ever more popular. More choice in the market combined with the UK government’s Plug-in Car Grant, offering up to £4500 off zero-emissions cars, now guaranteed until 2020, an electric car is now a viable option for many motorists.
Hybrid and electric cars will be cheaper than standard vehicles by 2022, with the declining cost of batteries predicted to have a significant impact, enabling electric cars to become mainstream. Contrary to popular belief, it is not that expensive to maintain an electric car. Maintaining and working on an electric battery is much easier than maintaining a combustion engine. A combustion engine contains hundreds of working parts, whereas an electric motor contains around half a dozen.
An electric car battery works in the same way as a phone battery, wearing down over time. It will happen gradually. It’s estimated that an electric car battery is good for about 100,000 miles before it may need replacing.
In the beginning, the main problem in keeping an electric car well-maintained is finding a workshop that knows how to do it. Most automotive mechanics are trained in working with internal combustion engines and may be surprised when they look under the bonnet of the car to find out that it doesn’t have one.
At Lostock Motorworks we have Bosch trained and certified Technicians, qualified to safely carry out servicing and repair work on Hybrid and Electric Cars. Whether your vehicle is a Kia Niro, Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Renault Zoe or other hybrid, or electric vehicle we can maintain it in safety.
Given that Bosch design and manufacture many parts on new EVs, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and expertise to carry out maintenance and repairs.