100% Electric or Plug-in hybrid. Both 100% Electrifying.
EV (Electric Vehicle) sales have increased rapidly over the past few years and it is a trend that is set to continue. There is now a lot of choice and the prospect of switching to EV can be met with both excitement and trepidation. At Nathaniel Cars we see the transition to electric vehicles to be the benefit of motorists, the environment and to our wider communities. With so much information available, it can be confusing. We have created this short handy guide to answer the most common questions we are asked regarding the coming EV revolution.
Not all alternative fuelled vehicles are made equal. Most now fall into two categories, PHEV also known as Plug In-Hybrid electric vehicles and BEV also known as Battery Electric Vehicles. Each have their advantages.
Battery operated vehicles are fully-electric and are powered by a rechargeable battery. The battery runs both the electric motors and all other onboard electronics. BEVs must be plugged into an external electricity source for power. Battery operated vehicles are 100% tailpipe emission free. They have the least environmental impact but have a certain range before they need to be recharged.
Plug-in hybrid vehicles are powered by a rechargeable battery alongside a conventional engine. They can be powered 100% by the battery, 100% by the engine, or in hybrid mode which blends both. They can be plugged into an external power source or can rely entirely on petrol for a longer journey. Plug-in hybrids offer zero CO2 emissions when in pure electric mode or lower emissions when in hybrid mode. They produce less harmful emissions compared to traditional vehicles, but more than a battery electric vehicle. They do not have the range limitations of a 100% electric vehicle.
The benefits of electric mobility
Reduced environmental impact
With reduced reliance on fossil fuels and the ability to choose renewable energy sources, electric cars are kinder to the environment.
It’s kind on your pocket
For the first time ever, electric cars have a total life cost lower than their petrol and diesel equivalents.
Superior driving experience
The comfort of a traditionally fuelled car with the added benefit of instant torque, acceleration, a low centre of gravity and quiet running. Electric cars really are a dream to drive.
With substantial government incentives for both purchasing a car and home charging points. Up to £3,000 towards a car and £350 towards a charge point, it’s almost free money.
Electric cars are the future
With plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030, electric cars represent the latest in cutting edge technology.
It feels great
You’ll always remember the first time you drove an electric car. They really do make you smile. It feels great knowing that you’re doing your bit for the planet.
Saving money while reducing the cost to the environment
For the first time ever, an electric car now costs less than an equivalent petrol or diesel to own and run. While the vehicle purchase or leasing cost of an EV are higher than a comparable petrol or diesel, this is typically more than off-set by the reduced running costs. To illustrate we’ve provided an example of a typical 4 years savings, comparing like for like, a brand new petrol MG ZS Exclusive with a brand new 100% electric MG ZS EV Exclusive. Both examples are based on a 48 month Personal Contract Hire contract at 8,000 miles per year. Typically, with an electric car, the higher your mileage the greater your saving. There are also large savings for business users with no benefit in kind for 2020/2021. This equates to an additional £1,949 saving per year for a 40% PAYE tax band driver on the electric MG ZS compared to the petrol. Electric vehicles can also potentially save thousands of pounds a year from being exempt from congestion charges, such as in London, and ultra low emission charges like the one being introduced in Bristol in 2021.
|MG ZS Exclusive Petrol||MG ZS Exclusive Electric|
|Road Fund Licence||£12.50||£0|
|Total Monthly Cost||£340.36||£326.87|
|Annual Total Cost||£4,084.32||£3822.44|
|4 year savings||£261.88|
Petrol price at £1.16 per litre (Cardiff average 3 February 2021 & 12p per mile.
Electric based on an off-peak at home tariff at 5p per kWh & 1.38p per mile.
Servicing prices based on standard manufacturer prices.
Miles per litre & miles per kWh based on WLTP figures. Real world figures may differ depending on a range of factors and are provided for comparison only.
Top 10 myths about electric cars
Electric cars are expensive
While lithium-ion batteries comprise a significant part of the cost of an electric car, the price has fallen significantly over the past five years. The savings in running costs are usually more than offset the extra cost of the car. Most customers today puchase a new car using a finance product so there is often no extra up front cost.
Electric cars are less reliable and more expensive to repair.
Common consumables and components such as oil, spark plugs and clutches are not needed with an EV. With fewer moving parts there is less that can go wrong. Servicing costs are lower than an equivalent petrol or diesel car.
Electric car batteries only last a couple of years.
There is a growing body of research that demonstrate that the lithium-ion batteries that power todays electric cars are likely to have a serviceable life well beyond that of the lifespan of a typical car. A 2020 study of 6,000 electric cars showed that after 7 years the typical electric car battery will still retain over 85% of its original capacity. MG electric vehicles are supplied with a 7 year 80,000 mile warranty, which includes the battery, while the Fiat 500e battery is supplied with a 8 year 100,000 mile warranty.
Electric cars lose their value more than a petrol or diesel
Resale values have improved over the past few years. This is boosted by various factors including increased demand for used EVs, a maturing of the technology, a wider choice of vehicles, and improved charging infrastructure. In addition, with the majority of electric vehicles now being bought or leased using a finance product such as Personal Contract Purchase or Personal Contract Hire, resale values should not be an issue for the typical electric car user. With these types of agreement the resale value of a used car is either guaranteed by the finance company or the vehicle is simply handed back and swapped for a new one at the end of the term.
They take a long time to recharge.
There are now a wide range of charge point types ranging from domestic 3 kW wall boxes to 300kW public chargers. With most electric cars being charged either at home overnight or at work, a standard 7 kWh home charger will fully charge a car like the 100% electric MG ZS EV in approximately 6 to 7 hours. A 50kW public rapid charger will charge an MG ZS EV from 0% to 80%, giving 100 miles of range, in approximately 35 to 40 minutes.
There aren’t many charge points.
Most electric car drivers will charge their cars at home or at work, so public charging will be infrequent for the typical user. There is a growing network of public chargers, including rapid chargers at all major motorway service stations. These can be accessed either through a contactless payment card or a mobile phone app. Even longer cross country journeys away from motorways are now feasible. For example, the 4:15hr and 180 mile trip from South to North Wales is easily possible with a 30 minute comfort break at an on route rapid charger. With the significant planned public and private investments, the public charging network is set for a massive growth over the next few years. There is a range of EV charge point locator phone apps, such as Zap Map and WattsUp that incorporate a number of the major provider networks.
Electric cars have a limited range.
Our 100% electric cars have ranges of between 112 and 214 miles (WLTP* combined). The average petrol car in 2019 covered 7,800 miles a year or just 21.4 miles a day, meaning that a typical electric car driver would only need to charge their car once every six or seven days. Just like a conventionally fuelled vehicle, there are a wide variety of factors that can affect the range, but for 90% of motorists, their usage pattern and the expanding public charging network means that an electric vehicle will be suitable for their needs. For those exceptional longer journeys, MG and Nathaniel Cars now offer 14 days of petrol car usage free of charge in any 12 month period. This exceptional benefit is designed to provide reassurance and peace of mind, and is a U.K. first. *WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. It is an industry standard test for comparing fuel efficiency. Actual efficiency figures may vary due a wide range of factors including driving style, ambient temperature and terrain.
Electric cars are no better for the environment that a petrol & diesel.
EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions while in use, however to get a complete picture of an electric vs a conventionally fueled car requires a ‘lifecycle analysis’. This includes asessing things like embodied energy use during manufacturing, end of life recyclability, as well as the CO2 in the energy creation. There is now a choice of competitive 100% renewable energy suppliers in the U.K., and recent studies conclude that an electric car powered by renewable energy will produce 70% less CO2 over the lifecycle of the vehicle compared with a petrol or diesel. This drops to a less impressive but still significant 30% if using electricity created from non-renewable energy source.
Electric cars are dangerous.
There is no evidence to support the claim that electric cars are more dangerous than a traditionally fuelled vehicle in the event of an accident. Electric cars are subject to the same safety testing procedures as any other vehicle. While there are specific procedures when dealing with an electric vehicle in the event of a road traffic accident, these are now well understood and standard practice for the emergency services.
An electric car won’t suit my needs.
We believe the reasons for going electric are clear, but chatting to our customers, some feel that now is not quite the right time. While today an electric car may not be ideal for a small minority, we often find that people are being held back because of a misconception or a lack of information.
Our EV range
A compact and iconic city car, Europe’s first 100% electric estate, a stylish crossover, a full sized SUV, even the world’s first hybrid 4×4. Starting at just £19,995, Nathaniel Cars has an electric or plugin hybrid for every taste or lifestyle.
MG ZS EV
The best selling 100% MG ZS EV is fast becoming one of first mainstream electic vehicles in the U.K., and with good cause. With stylish crossover styling, low price, high specification, including panormaic glass sunroof, heated seats, parking camera, and a suite of advanced safety features.
Range > 163 miles
Cash Price > £25,495
Monthly Payment > from £269
The MG 5 is Europe’s first fully electric estate car with a huge 578 litre boot and a 214 mile range. Winner of WhichEV ‘Best Value EV’ due to its range, equipment, affordable purchase price and lengthy warranty.
Range > 214 miles
Cash Price > £25,495
Monthly Payment > from £269
MG HS Plug-in hybrid
MG HS Plug-in is MG’s third model with an electrified powertrain and the company’s first ever Plug-in Hybrid. It uses the petrol model’s 1.5-litre turbocharged engine working in tandem with a 90kW electric motor to give an EV-only range of 32 miles with zero tailpipe emissions – plenty enough for most commutes. Inside, soft-touch materials reign supreme as MG’s designers have prioritised comfort and quality to make the cabin a very inviting place. The well-appointed driving position and roomy seats make MG HS a quality space for quality family moments.
Range > Up to 32 miles in 100% electric mode
Cash Price > From £32,600
Monthly Payment > from £399 with PCH
Fiat 500e – Coming this Spring
Introducing the all new 100% Fiat 500e, the next level city car that is the first to bring Level 2 autonomous driving to a small car. Iconic design, clever technology and up to 199 mile range. It’s been long anticipated and already well received by the motoring community. The all new Fiat 500e is set to open up the possibilities of electric to whole new audience.
Range > Between 115 and 199 miles
Cash Price > From £19,995
Monthly Payment > from £225
Jeep Renegade 4XE Plug-in hybrid
Jeep’s pioneering spirit has been reborn and reimagined in the 4xe’s Dual Soul: the electric and petrol engines work together to form a hybrid vehicle that offers an enhanced driving experience as you prepare for new adventures – without the emissions. Both responsive and responsible, with all the benefits of a 4-wheel drive in terms of on-road control and best-in-class off-road capability, with up to 26 miles of zero on the road Co2 emissions* whilst driving in full electric mode. *Figures obtained after the battery had been fully charged.
Range > Up to 26 miles in 100% electric mode
Cash Price > From £25,495
Monthly Payment > from £269
Ready to take the next step?
Do you still have Electric Vehicle questions? Are you confused about the difference between a kW and a kWh, or a Type 1 and a CHAdeMO, then please do get in touch. We have dedicated EV specialists who are ready and waiting to assist. Having helped hundreds of satisfied customers transition to electric we understand that everyone’s jouney is different. We can talk you through your options, help with your charging questions and even provide you with a personalised quotation showing your potential savings against the car that you’re driving right now. There is also the opportunity for an extended 24 hour test drive to test an EV in real world situations. We look forward to chatting with you soon.