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Hybrid and Electric Cars

Green cars are coming of age and with more and more people considering a hybrid or electric car for their next new vehicle, there’s never been a better time to make the switch. Whatever electric or hybrid car lease deals you are looking for, at Select Car Leasing we have the very best green car special offers to meet your needs.

We have all leading makes and models including BMW, Nissan, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Tesla, Toyota, Renault and Volkswagen and offer extensive choice across all body types, including the latest city cars, saloons, SUVs and estates.

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Electric

Electric Cars give you the chance to drive a car that has no negative impact on the local nor global environment. Running purely off an electric motor, they produce zero CO2 emissions. Their technology means they represent one of the cheapest cars to run.

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Conventional hybrid

Hybrid cars combine a standard combustion engine with an electric motor to produce some of the lowest CO2 emission levels of any vehicle. This winning combination means hybrids are also an effective option if you want to keep on-the-road costs to a minimum.

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Plug-in hybrid

In the simplest of terms, a Plug-In Hybrid needs to be plugged into a power outlet in order to charge its electric motor, whereas a conventional hybrid (HEV) generates the electricity as you drive.

Why choose an electric or hybrid lease

The high costs associated with buying an electric or hybrid vehicle often makes them prohibitively expensive for many people. Leasing however, offers a decidedly affordable gateway to being able to drive a green vehicle and to at the same time take advantage of the many other benefits of leasing green, including:

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Frequently asked questions

You can simply plug your electric car lead into any standard 3-pin socket at home, just as you would the vacuum cleaner or TV. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that this method of charging can be slow. If you have suitable space in your garage or driveway, you can purchase (and get an electrician to install) a fast-charging point, which will deliver more power to your battery and charge your car more quickly.

You can charge your electric car anywhere that you have access to a standard 3-pin socket, in the exact same way you’d charge your phone or laptop. It’s worth bearing in mind that charging via a standard plug is usually quite slow however, so many electric car drivers opt for a dedicated electric charge point installed in their garage or driveaway. If you’re concerned about the cost of this, the UK Government currently subsidise the cost of installing a fast-charging point by up to 75% (or up to a maximum of £500).

For full details of this scheme, go to the ‘Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure’ section of the Gov.UK website.There are also a growing number of public EV charging points across the UK. These are run by a variety of national networks including ‘Polar’, ‘Ecotricity’, ‘Pod Point’ and ‘Charge your Car’. Most of these points can be accessed, used and paid for via the company’s official app which you can download to your smartphone from the Apple Store or Google Play. You can find your nearest public charging point via this helpful map: https://www.zap-map.com/live/.

The only serious problem that electric cars can run into is if the battery needs replacing, but this usually only after approximately 8-10 years of regular use of the vehicle. Given this is much longer than the standard lease contract, the opportunity to avoid the cost of a replacement battery is a significant benefit of leasing a brand-new electric car (compared with buying). Most electric vehicle manufacturers however have taken into account how costly replacing a battery can be, so offer extended warranties on their new vehicles to cover drivers, should this event prematurely occur. Given that all our contracts include full manufacturer’s warranty, even if you’re driving a Nissan LEAF for 8 years and the battery needs replacing, you would be covered under your manufacturer’s warranty and the battery replaced free of charge.
Leasing a green vehicle can be both a significantly lower risk and lighter-on-the-pocket option than buying. Because the green car phenomenon has only taken hold in the last few years, just how these vehicles will hold their value remains somewhat unknown. However, with leasing, this risk is removed because at the end of your contract the market value is not your concern, you simply hand back the keys and are free to select and drive your next new green car with all the very latest features on offer at that point. Moreover, leasing green also means you’ll always be driving a brand-new car with a brand-new battery, so the threat of any critical faults is highly unlikely because while in your possession, the car will still be in the very best years of its life. In addition, if you lease, you’ll benefit from the sheer speed of innovation inherent in the green car market, meaning you won’t be left with a model that has been far surpassed in its abilities and efficiencies.

Growth of Electric and Hybrid cars

Demand for electric and hybrid cars has surged recently – approximately 141,000 alternative fuel vehicles were registered in 2018, growing by over one fifth year-on-year. This is set to continue with close to 100 brand-new electric car models being launched in 2019 and early 2020 alone.

Going forward, the early part of the 2020 decade is being seen by many car industry experts as being the breakthrough years for electric and hybrid cars in terms of not only innovation and sheer choice being offered green, but also in terms of take-up by the public.

Manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Mini, Tesla, Volvo, Nissan and Porsche are all bringing out new electric and hybrid models in the coming 12-24 months, all with extended range (distance) and battery life, making brand-new green vehicles a genuinely viable option now worthy of serious consideration.

So, in summary, it’s never been a better time to make the switch to a green vehicle and benefit not only from the environmental advantages they offer but also to experience some incredibly exciting new vehicle innovations.

Tesla Model X

Electric

A fully electric vehicle has no standard combustion engine and runs purely off an electric motor, therefor producing zero emissions. It is the most environmentally friendly modern vehicle type. This also means electric vehicles are incredubly cost-effective as they require no external fuel costs. Popular electric vehicles include the NISSAN Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S.

Battery technology is a constantly improving thing with both power and range seeing the main benefits. As an example the Tesla Model S has an electric range of over 150 miles on average before it requires a charge. Of course these figures can vary but for those concerned about their carbon footprint and who want to travel shorter distances without ever having to pay refuel costs the electric car makes perfect sense.

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Conventional hybrid

Conventional hybrid

Hybrid vehicles offer incredibly low emissions and combine a standard engine with at least one electric motor. They generate their electricity whilst you drive using two main techniques - regenerative braking, and an electrical generator. Regenerative braking harvests heat and kinetic energy usually wasted during braking and converts it into electrical energy to be stored in the battery whereas an electrical generator runs directly off the combustion engine.

When cruising, particularly at low speeds, a hybrid will draw its power from the vehicle's fitted electric motor. When this speed starts to increase, the hybrid will seamlessly integratee the standard combustion engine in order to accommodate the greater demand. In particular testing cicrumstances such as driving over rough terrain or up a hill the behicle will use both systems alongside each other to gain extra power and torque.

One of the biggest benefits of a hybrid vehicle is that while its main fuel source is still gasoline it requires a lot less of this than a standard combustion engine vehicle and therefore running costs are often minimal.

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Plug-in Hybrid

There are a number of key differences between a standard hybrid vehicle and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). In the simplest of terms, a Plug-In Hybrid is a hybrid vehicle that needs to be plugged into a power outlet in order to charge its electric motor, as opposed to a regular (HEV) where the electricity is generated as you drive. Unlike a conventional hybrid, a PHEV is powered by electricity from the grid and will generally have a greater range on purely electric power.

Another notable difference is that instead of using the electric motor only at lower speeds, the plug-in hybrid will use the electric motor at most points until it reaches its limit or pre-determined battery state of charge (SOC). It is at this point that the vehicle's combustion engine is designed to kick-in and supply added power to the electric motor.

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Plug-in hybrid

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