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Electric/Hybrid Frequently Asked Questions

View our latest frequently asked questions below:

What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

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A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) is one that combines a combustion engine with a battery pack and electric motor. It can cover short distances on electric power alone and must be plugged into an electrical power source in order for the battery to be charged.

Where can I charge my electric car?

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Electric cars can be charged at home using either a standard power socket or wall box, or at a public or rapid charging station.

How much does it cost to run an electric car?

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Electric vehicles cost as little as 2-4p per mile to run – significantly lower than petrol or diesel cars. Hybrids still need traditional fuel, so costs are slightly higher.

What is regenerative braking?

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Regenerative braking harnesses the energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking, converting it and storing in the battery to be used during acceleration.

Are electric cars safe?

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Electric cars are fitted with the latest safety technology in order to keep you, your passengers, and other road users as safe as possible. They also present a much lower fire risk, and since they don’t produce CO2 emissions, help to reduce air pollution.

How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

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The batteries in modern hybrids are designed to last for at least 100,000 miles, with some lasting up to 150,000 miles. If you're the original owner of a hybrid vehicle, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to replace the battery pack.

What are alternative fuels?

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The term ‘alternative fuels’ commonly refers to any fuels besides petrol or diesel. Electric, biofuel and hydrogen are all examples of this.

Do hybrid cars cost more to maintain?

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Hybrid cars typically don’t cost any more to maintain than petrol or diesel cars.

Can I charge my electric car at home?

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Yes, you can charge your electric or plug-in hybrid car at home from either a standard plug socket or via a home wall box. Ask our sales team about the compatibility of your model with home charging.

What is the best hybrid car?

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The best hybrid car for you depends on your individual needs and budget. At LSH, we have a range of options available, and our sales team will be happy to help you select the perfect model for your requirements.

What is the best used hybrid car to buy?

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The best used hybrid car for you depends on your individual requirements and budget. With a variety of models available, we at LSH can help you select the perfect vehicle for your needs.

How do I charge my hybrid car?

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Your plug-in hybrid car can be charged at home using a standard power point or dedicated wall box, or using a public or rapid charging point.

How does a hybrid car save energy?

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Hybrid vehicles use a number of methods to save energy, including regenerative braking and auto start-stop, which turns the engine off when the car is idling. Plug-in hybrids also have an electric-only range, which enables you to commute short distances without using petrol.

What is an electric car?

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An electric car is one that is powered by electricity alone, without the need for a combustion engine. It is fitted with a battery pack and one or two electric motors, which turn the wheels and power functions such as the lights and multimedia system.

How do I drive a hybrid car efficiently?

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To maximise mileage, you’ll need to maintain the correct tyre pressure, ensure regular servicing is carried out, and drive smoothly. Many hybrids also have an Eco mode, which can be selected to increase fuel efficiency.

How does an electric car work?

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All-electric vehicles (EVs) use a large traction battery pack and an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. They must be plugged in to a charging station or wall outlet to charge.

Are electric cars worth it?

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In terms of their environmental benefits, the investment in an electric car is worthwhile. However, they are also very cost-effective to run, costing as little as 2-4p per mile. Maintenance costs are also typically lower.

Are electric vehicles cheaper to run than petrol?

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Electric and hybrid vehicles are typically cheaper to run than petrol and diesel cars, but how you drive them will impact their cost efficiency.

Are electric cars better for the environment?

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 All-electric cars produce no CO2 emissions, meaning they contribute to better air quality. They are also near-silent, meaning they reduce noise pollution.

What electric cars are available?

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To find out which electric cars are available from LSH, contact us today.

Should I buy an electric car?

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The decision whether to buy an electric car can only be made by you. With petrol and diesel models due to be phased out, however, many people are opting to make the switch sooner rather than later.

Are all electric cars automatic?

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All-electric cars drive like automatic cars, but only have one gear. Hybrids are available with both manual and automatic transmission.

How far can an electric car go?

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The range of an electric car depends on the model. Speak to our sales team today to find out about the range of our vehicles.

How many miles can an electric car go?

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The range of an electric car depends on the model. Speak to our sales team today to find out about the range of our vehicles.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

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The charging time of an electric or hybrid car depends on the model and where it is charged. A rapid charging point will charge faster than a home wall box, for example. Speak to our sales team to learn more.

Should I charge my electric car every night?

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How often your car is charged depends on how many miles you cover, the outside air temperature and more. Speak to our sales team for full details.

Do electric cars lose charge when parked?

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If parked for extended periods, the battery pack on an electric car will be drained. We recommend charging to 50-80% if you are going to leave the vehicle parked for longer than a day or two.

Are electric cars really the future?

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The UK government plans to phase out petrol and diesel cars, with sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles ending by 2030. Electric cars are currently the most viable alternative.

Where is Mercedes EQC made?

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The Mercedes EQC is built in Germany for the European market.

What is the range of the Mercedes EQC?

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The Mercedes EQC range is approximately 276 miles.

What is EQ boost?

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EQ boost is a form of mild hybrid, whereby a small motor assists with acceleration, taking the strain off the combustion engine and improving efficiency.

Which Mercedes models are hybrid?

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To find out which Mercedes-Benz models are hybrids, visit our hybrid vehicles page.

Does Mercedes have an electric car?

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The Mercedes-Benz EQV and EQC are both electric cars.

Is the Mercedes EQC fully electric?

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Yes, it’s a fully electric SUV.

What does Mercedes EQC stand for?

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The ‘EQ’ part of the EQC stands for Electric Intelligence.