Hybrid and Electric Cars
About Electric Vehicles
Low running costs and increasingly long ranges are encouraging more and more people to buy electric or hybrid cars.
At Oak Tree Garage we now offer a new electric charging station for electric and plug-in Hybrid vehicles, with our technicians having completed the latest IMI approved Hybrid vehicle training course.
Get in touch with Oak Tree Garage to see which electric car or hybrid is right for you.
Our engineers, Charlie and Chrissy, have both successfully completed the IMI level 3 Diploma in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance so you can be assured that your electric or hybrid vehicle is in qualified and experienced hands!
Electric Cars FAQs
Does an electric car make financial sense?
Yes. An electric car absolutely makes financial sense. A typical full charge at a motorway service station will cost in the region of £6.50 and give you approximately 100 miles of range, while £6.50 worth of charge at home will give you around 200 miles of range! By contrast, a typical petrol car filled up with £6.50 worth of fuel would struggle to do 50 miles!
What’s more, because an electric car has fewer moving parts, servicing costs on an electric vehicle are far lower than a petrol or diesel car. The major service on a Nissan Leaf, for example, consists of replacing the pollen filter – that’s it!
How far will an electric car go and how often do I have to charge it?
Ranges for electric cars vary depending on make and model, with the first generation of electric vehicles typically capable of 100 miles of range on a charge. The latest generation of new electric cars have increased ranges, of typically between 250 and 300 miles.
You can re-charge your electric vehicle much in the same way as you would a petrol or diesel car, by visiting charging points as your range decreases. However, given that you can have a charge point installed at your home for around £150, the easiest and cheapest option is to put it on charge overnight or whenever you aren’t using your electric vehicle.
Where is my nearest charging point?
Here at Oak Tree Garage we have our own electric vehicle charging point, which you are welcome to use at any time. Otherwise, to find your nearest charging point, including their charging speed and current availability, please consult the interactive map of UK charging points below.
What is the lifespan of an electric car's battery?
As with an electric car’s range, the lifespan of the battery will vary depending on the make and model. However, the new types of battery configurations being introduced by manufacturers means that most are now offering between an 8 and 10 year warranty on their electric vehicles’ batteries.
It is important to remember that the battery of an electric car does not simply fail, it merely loses some of it’s original range. Recent statistics from Renault, Nissan and Tesla have indicated that even after 300,000 miles an electric car’s battery still retains about 70 percent of its original range.
What happens if I run out of power?
The average electric car driver is unlikely cover enough miles between charges to be concerned about running out of battery, particularly given that there are over 17,000 charging points in the UK, nearly 4,000 of which are ‘rapid chargers’ (please see map below for more information).
However, if your electric vehicle does run out of battery, most recovery services will treat this as a breakdown, meaning they’ll probably take you to your nearest charging point.
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Finding your local charge points
There are over 17,000 electric car charging points in the UK and that number is increasing every day.
If you are in the Northallerton area and need to charge your electric vehicle, here at Oak Tree Garage we have our very own electric vehicle charging point, which you are welcome to come and use.
If you are driving further afield, or need to plan a journey, you can use the interactive map to the right. Here you can find the location of electric car charging points across the UK, including their charging speed and whether they are currently in use or are available to use.
To find an electric vehicle charging point near your current location, open the sidebar menu by clicking the three lines in the top left corner of the the map and enter your postcode or select ‘nearby chargers’ and the map will show you all the electric vehicle charging points near you.
We recommend you bookmark this page to have access to all 17,000 electric car charging points at the click of a button.