Martin Saarinen

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How much is the company-car tax on an electric car?

Electric company-car tax has fallen to 0% in April 2020, making zero-emissions cars hugely attractive to user-choosers

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Can I tow a caravan with an electric or a hybrid car?

Want an electrified car but also need to tow a caravan? It's possible, but only if you choose the right car

What is an electric car and how do electric cars work?

What makes electrics car different from petrols and diesels? And how do electric cars work? We have the answers

Can solar panels charge an electric car?

Charging your electric car with solar panels is a great way to save money in the long run. We explain why...

Can you jump start an electric car?

Scared of running out of juice in an electric car or hybrid vehicle? Good news: you can jump start them

Ford Transit PHEV
Hybrid vans: all you need to know

Hybrid vans could bring you significant fuel and tax savings, but are they right for you? Here's all you need to know

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Charging an electric car can take a matter of minutes or days, depending on how you charge it. Here are the ins and outs explained...

Are electric cars expensive to insure?

Electric cars tend to cost more to buy than conventional cars, but are they also more expensive to insure?

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What is fast charging? What is rapid charging?

Fast charging and rapid charging are two phrases often associated with electric cars, but what's the difference? We explain...

What is CHAdeMO charging?

CHAdeMO is a rapid-charging DC standard, allowing fast charging of the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Plug-in, and many other models

Selling electricity back to the grid

Electric cars will sell electricity back to the grid in the future, making them even more cost-effective for owners

Electric van payloads explained

Electric van payloads are similar to normal vans, but not identical. We explain in full

The complete guide to charging an electric car

Exactly how do you charge an electric or plug-in hybrid car? Don't worry, it's really easy...

What is a hydrogen car?

A hydrogen fuel-cell car may sound like science-fiction, but they're here and could form a major part of the motoring landscape in years to come

What if an electric car runs out?

Like a petrol or diesel car running out of fuel, an electric car can run out of power. The good news is that the growing UK charging infrastructure means it's unlikely you'll be left stranded

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Are electric cars slow? Are electric cars boring?

Think electric cars are slow and boring? Wrong: instant torque from electric motors makes them very fast indeed...

What is a range extender and how do they work?

Range extenders are another form of electric car. They help eliminate range anxiety while maintaining many of the benefits of a purely electric car

What are lithium-ion batteries?
What are lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are found in most electric vehicles, but what exactly are they and how do they work?

Electric cars
Is buying a used electric or hybrid car a good idea?

Buying a used electric or hybrid car can save you a lot of money, but there are things to look out for before taking the plunge...

What are kWh and Ah?

Electric cars come with lots of new terminology, but it's very easy to understand once you've grasped the jargon...