Electric explained Your Vehicles. Your Way. Anywhere. Discover more about the benefits of making the change from petrol and diesel power to electric with Dales Cornwall today.

The Electric Range

In representing some of the biggest names in the automotive world, we at Dales Cornwall are proud to offer a number of innovative electric and hybrid powered vehicles from which to choose. Learn more about each model below. 

The Benefits of Buying Electric

Switching to an all-electric or hybrid model is important for a number of reasons, but also provides you with plenty of benefits too. Reducing your CO2 emissions plays an important role in improving the environment as a whole, and also means you will be exempt from such charges as annual road tax, congestion charges and Ultra Low Emissions Zone fees. In addition, running costs are more affordable and a fraction of the cost of petrol/diesel cars, while you can also reduce your outgoings on maintenance thanks to fewer moving components.

Key Benefits Include

Some of key advantages of changing to electric and hybrid power include:

  • Cleaner performance
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Fewer maintenance issues
  • Better power delivery

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about our electric vehicle services by viewing our frequently asked questions below. If your query still isn’t answered, you can always liaise with a member of our team directly.

Where can I charge my EV/PHEV?


Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles feature a battery that gives power to an electric motor.

You can charge your EV or PHEV’s battery via:

  • A domestic three-pin wall socket
  • A specially fitted home charger
  • One of more than 50,000 public connectors, located across more than 20,000 UK-wide locations

How long does charging take?


​This will depend on the size of your vehicle’s battery and the speed of the power source. The Renault ZOE, for instance, is a pure-electric car with a 52kWh battery. Using a standard wall socket, charging takes about 30 hours. With a dedicated 7.4kW fast-charger, charging takes roughly 7.5 hours. The quickest option is rapid charging. A public station with a 50kW charger will see the battery go from zero to 100 percent full in little more than an hour.

Is an EV affordable to run?


Absolutely. Compared to topping-up with petrol/diesel, an EV is significantly cheaper to charge – and since it produces zero emissions, you don’t need to pay any road tax. Furthermore, an EV has fewer working parts than a vehicle with a combustion engine, which means less maintenance is required.

Moreover, a range of incentives are offered to EV owners, such as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), a grant which contributes towards the cost of installing a charge point.

Should I choose an EV or a PHEV?


This will depend on your motoring needs. If you usually make short journeys, a PHEV is a good bet because, on average, it offers a 28-mile range. If you need to travel longer distances, a PHEV’s combustion engine automatically kicks in. 

That said, an EV offers an average 194-mile range, which more than covers a typical commute. When it comes to especially long journeys, as long as you factor in charging stops, you’re unlikely to encounter any problems.

Should I buy an EV?


​It’s a great time to own an EV. With a record number of electric cars being made, production costs are becoming ever cheaper. This, in turn, is having a positive effect on market prices. Charging infrastructure is rapidly expanding too. And it’s worth mentioning that the government has pledged to end the sale of new petrol/diesel cars by 2030.

Are EVs environmentally friendly?


​Yes. An EV produces no CO2 emissions whatsoever. The production of electricity itself is becoming ever greener, with a greater reliance on wind and solar power sources as opposed to fossil-fuel equivalents. Nevertheless, EVs aren’t currently as eco-friendly to produce as combustion engine-powered cars because of a dependence on earth metals such as cobalt. However, technological advances should see that this reliance becomes a thing of the past.

Are all EVs automatic?


The vast majority of EVs are automatic. Exceptions include the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo and Audi e-tron GT.

Other electrical services Your Vehicles. Your Way. Anywhere. In addition to vehicle sales, we can help provide quality maintenance and support that keeps your electric car in prime condition for longer. Get in touch today to find out more.