Electric and hybrid FAQs​​

Do you have any electric and/or hybrid queries? Please consult our frequently asked questions below. If we haven’t answered your question, get in touch with your local PJ Nicholls showroom team.

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Can I install my own electric car charger?


Unless you’re a qualified electrician, we don’t recommend doing so.

Should I unplug my electric car charger when it’s not in use?


Ideally, yes. Too much overcharging will reduce battery life.

What are the different types of electric car chargers?


There are three main types:

  • Three-pin socket (the type found around the home), which delivers slow, 3 kW charging
  • Dedicated home charger, which offers fast, 7 kW charging
  • Rapid, 50 kW charging, available at most public access points

Does an electric car’s battery lose charge when parked?


Yes, much in the same way as your smartphone’s battery loses charge when not in use.

Should I buy an electric car?


It depends on your particular needs. That said, there are many advantages to buying an electric car, which is affordable to run and produces zero CO2. For impartial advice, please contact your local PJ Nicholls team today.

Are electric cars better for the environment?


Absolutely. An electric car is the cleanest (and most efficient) form of automobile.


How long do hybrid batteries last?


For at least seven (or 90,000 miles) – manufacturer warranties cover both scenarios.

How much does it cost to replace a hybrid battery?


Currently, it can cost anywhere between £1,500 and £5,000. However, due to ever-increasing production levels, prices will continue to fall.

How much does it cost to recondition a hybrid battery?


As much as £2,500, which might save you up to 50% on the cost of a new one.

Should I buy a hybrid car?


This will depend on your everyday driving needs. A hybrid car is a good way of dipping your toes into the electrified car market, while a plug-in hybrid offers optimal hybrid efficiency.

Are hybrid cars better for the environment?


Hybrid cars typically produce fewer CO2 emissions than regular cars – and plug-in hybrids produce significantly fewer emissions.