Many of us are now thinking about making the switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle. We all want to make the right choice but, as with anything new, it can be difficult to know where to start. A new vehicle is an investment so you want to be sure that it will fit into your lifestyle. That's why, we at Spirit Motor Group, have put together this list to help get you started. We believe this will help you as you begin to think about your life with a hybrid or electric vehicle.
1. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU DRIVE:
Our first recommendation is to always think about what kind of driving you do. This will help you decide whether you are more suited to a hybrid or fully electric car. Take note of the length of your most common routes. Then, take a look at the driving ranges on your favourite hybrid vehicles. Would they suit you? Check different manufacturers to compare. As brands expand their hybrid and electric ranges, there’ll be more to choose from. You can explore all of Spirit Motor Group’s EV and Hybrid vehicles on our new Electric Hub. You’ll soon get to know the different models.
2. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOUR CHARGER WILL GO AT HOME
This is an important point, especially for city dwellers. Do you live on a terraced street or maybe an apartment? If so, a little more thought might need to go into planning how you’ll charge up at home. This is undoubtedly the most efficient and convenient way to charge your hybrid or electric vehicle, so you want to make sure you have this step covered.If you need advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We help all of our customers get to grips with home-charging.
3. APPLY FOR THE SEAI GRANT AHEAD OF TIME
Did you know you don’t necessarily have to purchase a car at the same time as you apply for your SEAI grant? You can apply ahead of time if you know what model you’re going to buy. This speeds things up and can be a great help when budgeting for your new vehicle
4. CHECK THE NATIONAL CHARGE MAP
Understanding the types of journeys, you make is important and knowing where you can charge your vehicle go hand in hand. If you regularly take cross-country drives, you’ll want to know where you can stop to charge up. Doing a little research on this can help ease any range anxiety you may have and get you familiar with a different way of doing things. Once you know where you can charge, you won't even think about it. It's just a matter of knowing where to go.
5. DO YOUR SUMS.
Look at the cost of running each vehicle before you make your final decision. You could save a lot of money with lower fuel spends and motor tax. Remember, the more kilometres you drive in electric, the bigger your savings will be! This will help you decide your final budget. Don't forget to look at finance offers for each of our brands too - there might be a chance of saving even more.