It’s time to switch Today’s 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars have the latest cutting-edge technology. Some of the new breed of 100% electric cars can drive over 200 miles on a single charge, and this is increasing all the time. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) use a petrol or diesel engine alongside the electric motor, which can then take you many hundreds of miles – just like a ‘conventional’ car. Prices are also coming down, and plug-in cars and vans benefit from generous Government grants. Running costs are significantly lower too, which could save you thousands throughout your ownership. Worried about charging? The majority of drivers simply charge their electric cars at home overnight, just like plugging in their mobile phone. This usually takes place on their drive or in their garage; or using a nearby on-street residential chargepoint. But there are also over 13,000 public charging point connectors across the UK too; including rapid chargers at 96% of motorway service stations (which could charge the average pure electric car to 80% in as little as 30 minutes). The different types of electric vehicle Still not convinced? Nor were these ‘EV sceptics’, until we introduced them to those who know best – the electric car owners. Watch the videos to see if they changed their minds about switching to electric. All range, fuel economy and cost claims made in these videos are based upon the drivers’ personal experience, and do not necessarily reflect the official figures from the manufacturer. All official fuel consumption and CO2 figures are obtained under standardised EU test conditions (Directive 93/116/EEC). Test figures are intended for comparison purposes and may not reflect real driving results.