Electric and Hybrid FAQs


What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

A plug-in hybrid vehicle combines a petrol engine with electric motors to provide power. The battery must be plugged into an electrical source to charge.

Where can I charge my electric car?

Electric cars can be charged at home or at public charging points.

How much does it cost to run an electric car?

Electric cars cost approximately 2-4p per mile, which is significantly cheaper than petrol and diesel cars.

What is regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking transfers energy produced when braking to the battery to be stored and re-used during driving.

Are electric cars safe?

Yes – electric vehicles are fitted with the latest safety measures to ensure the safety of occupants and other road users.

How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

The batteries in modern hybrids are designed to last for at least 100,000 miles, so it’s unlikely you will need to replace the battery pack if you’re the first owner of the vehicle.

What are alternative fuels?

Electricity is classed as an alternative fuel, alongside other, less common fuels such as hydrogen and biofuel.

Do hybrid cars cost more to maintain?

Hybrid cars typically cost the same or less to maintain than traditional fuel vehicles, because there are often fewer moving parts to service.

Can I charge my electric car at home?

Yes – many hybrid and electric cars can be charged using a three-pin plug. Owners can also install a home wall box for faster charging.

What is the best hybrid car?

The best hybrid car for you depends on your needs and budget. At TMS, we’ll be happy to talk you through the options and help you find the perfect model.

What is the best used hybrid car to buy?

The best used hybrid car for you depends your individual needs and budget. Contact TMS today to find out how we can help you find the ideal vehicle.

How do I charge my hybrid car?

You can charge your car by plugging it into a compatible charging station. This might be a home wall box, public charging point or rapid charging station. Check your vehicle’s compatibility with us when you purchase.

How does a hybrid car save energy?

Hybrid cars use technologies such as regenerative braking and auto start-stop to save energy. Speak to the team at TMS for full details on energy saving features.

What is an electric car?

An electric car is one that uses a battery pack and electric motors to power it, in place of a traditional petrol or diesel engine.

How do I drive a hybrid car efficiently?

Properly maintaining your tyres, getting regular services and driving carefully helps to maximise fuel economy. Many hybrid cars also have an Eco mode to promote efficiency.

How does an electric car work?

Electric cars have one or two electric motors which are powered by a battery pack. These propel the car in place of a combustion engine. The battery pack must be plugged into an electrical source to be charged.

Are electric cars worth it?

Electric vehicles are certainly worth investing in. They are cheaper to run than petrol and diesel cars, and are better for the environment, since they produce much lower or zero CO2 emissions.

Are electric vehicles cheaper to run than petrol?

On the whole, electric vehicles are cheaper to run. Electricity is cheaper than fuel, and services may cost less too.

Are electric cars better for the environment?

Due to the reduced CO2 emissions, electric cars are better for the environment than petrol or diesel cars.

What electric cars are available?

At TMS, we have a range of electric and hybrid cars available. Browse our new and used car pages to discover them.

Should I buy an electric car?

The choice of whether to buy an electric car is, of course, entirely yours. With more and more vehicles becoming electrified, there are plenty of hybrid options if you’re not ready to go all-electric. Our sales advisors can make recommendations based on your needs.

Are all electric cars automatic?

Fully electric vehicles don’t require gear changes, meaning they’re essentially driven like an automatic petrol or diesel car. Some hybrids come with manual transmission – our team can provide further details.