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Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Information Hub

Your questions about electric and hybrid vehicles answered

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Information

As authorised dealers of Ford, Kia, Peugeot, SEAT & Volvo, Chippenham Motor Company are your electric and hybrid vehicle experts. We've put together a handy information hub for all things hybrid, electric, plug-in... you name it! Explore below to find out all you need to know about alternative fuel cars. You can see our range of vehicles we stock to how much money buying an electric car will save you. 

As part of the Prime Minister's "green initiative", it has been announced that the production of electric and hybrid vehicles will be banned in 2030, encouraging drivers to move to electric vehicles. This may be unknown territory for some, so we aim to bring you all the information you need to know about electric vehicles, so you can be prepared for when the time comes. 

We also like to update with all the latest news and updates regarding hybrid and electric vehicles. Stay in-the-know with your local car experts across Wiltshire. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to email us at, where a member of our team will happily help.

Hybrid and Electric Engines: what is the difference?

With 4 new electrified engines now available, it may seem like a whole new world deciding which powertrain will be right for your new car. Let's take a look at what si available in more detail.

Once you've decided on your engine, you can take a look at our electric and hybrid vehicles to choose the best model for you!

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All-electric vehicles have no conventional engine and have no requirement for petrol or diesel - they run purely on electricity. Just charge it up, and go!

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A hybrid vehicle has both a conventional engine and an electric motor. It seamlessly switches between the two, depending on speed, to provide a smart and economic drive.

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The engines in a Plug-in hybrid work the same as a hybrid, but require charging through the mains. This helps the electric battery hold more power and travel longer distances.

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A Mild Hybrid vehicle has both a conventional engine and a battery driven electric motor. In a Mild Hybrid vehicle, the electric motor works with the conventional engine to assist it.

Our Electric & Hybrid vehicles

Kia E-Niro

See the range of Kia,  SEAT, Peugeot and Ford electric and hybrid vehicles available from Chippenham Motor Company and MRG Ford & Volvo

See EV & Hybrid Range

Petrol / Diesel Ban: 5 Things you need to know

All-New Peugeot e-2008 charging

The ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars has been brought forward to 2030. Here are the 5 things you need to know.

Petrol & Diesel Ban

How much money can I save with an all-electric car?

Kia Soul EV on charge

Can I save money by buying an electric car? The answer is, yes!

Currently, the list price of an electric vehicle is more than a standard combustion engines, but your annual running costs are significantly reduced and over a 5 year period, the savings, on average could be around £5000. Throw in the current government subsidy of £3,000 discount on electric vehicles, and that's a pretty attractive saving.

Annually, you can expect to save around 150 in tax and £850 in fuel costs (based on an annual mileage of 7500).

On average, petrol car users are forking out £1200 a year on fuel, compared with a mere £340 annual electricity cost needed to power an electric vehicle. Over a 5 year period, this is a huge saving of £4250! These figures reflect home charging. Rapid charging networks are anticipated to be higher.

Road tax is not applicable to electric vehicles, and petrol car drivers could be seeing costs anywhere from £150-£475.

Here at Chippenham, we stock a range of hybrid and electric vehicles. Browse through our fantastic new cars as well as our EV and hybrid used cars and contact us to book in a test drive today.

Our Latest Electric & Hybrid Vehicle News

See our latest manufacturer updates with Chippenham Motor Company.

Best EV Small SUV Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro was officially crowned the Best EV Small SUV at the Great British Fleet Awards

Ford Transit Custom on charge

Ford have announced that the Ford Transit Custom Electric will launch in 2023

Kia e-Niro on charge at night

Kia introduces sub-£35,000 electric e-Niro ‘2’ with Long Range 64kwh battery

Green new 308 driving along the coastline

PEUGEOT launches the new 308 plug-in hybrid

Ford Mach-e on charge

Ford's latest plans to have All-Electric versions of each model by 2026

White Kia e-Niro parked at night

Kia continues to lead UK EV sales in 2021, accounting for almost 1 in 5 EVs sold

SEAT Leon e-Hybrid on charge in the daytime

SEAT Leon e-Hybrid scoops prize for Best Small Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle

KIA Electric Range line up

Kia Electric Range - Kia's plans for 7 new electric models in 7 years

10 December 2020

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