Electric & Hybrid Car Repairs & Servicing
Electric & Hybrid Car Repairs & Servicing in Linlithgow - Hunters of Linlithgow
Electric and hybrid vehicles are set to become ever more popular as the world moves to reduce our impact on the environment and global warming.
Hunters of Linlithgow are fully equipped to embrace this next step in the automotive industry. We are HEVRA (Hybrid Electric Vehicle Repair Alliance) members and through this membership keep up-to-date with changes and advances in this complex sector in real-time. A significant proportion of our team of experienced, skilled, technicians are fully qualified to work on electric and hybrid vehicles safely, able to diagnose, service, and repair your electric or hybrid car or van. We have two technicians who are qualified to IMI Level 4 (Johnny and Andy), one who is qualified to IMI Level 3 (Douglas), and Keith, who is qualified to IMI Level 2. In the not-too-distant future, we will have a dedicated bay in our large, modern workshop for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as several on-site charging points.
When you choose Hunters of Linlithgow to service your electric or hybrid vehicle we conduct a general health check and monitor the battery cells as part of every service.
MHEVs improve gas mileage by using a modest 48V battery and electric motor to increase the efficiency of their internal combustion engine (ICE). Unlike a hybrid electric vehicle, an MHEV does not run solely on electric power, although the ICE can be shut off during braking, coasting, and stopping. In addition, even when the ICE is switched off, the electric motor can power non-essential features, such as air conditioning or seat heaters.
HEVs are the most common type of hybrid, and they have been around the longest, too. HEVs have two power drives: a fuel-based engine and an electric motor with a larger battery. When the car starts, it first rolls under electric power. Then, as soon as the vehicle achieves speed, the gas engine kicks in. An onboard computer system determines when electricity or gas should be used. Also, users do not plug in an HEV. Through a process known as “regenerative braking,” the car’s electric battery gets a little recharge every time the driver touches the brakes. The Toyota Prius is the most well-known HEV.
PHEVs split the difference between battery electric vehicles (BEVs, described below) and HEVs. Like BEVs, PHEVs have an electric motor that is recharged via an external plug. And like HEVs, they also have a fuel-based ICE. One big difference from HEVs is that a PHEV can travel a decent distance on electric power alone — about 20 to 30 miles — due to their increased battery size and ability to recharge from the grid. Examples of PHEVs include variants of the Toyota Corolla and RAV4, the Volvo XC40 and the BMW 3-Series.
BEVs are powered entirely by electricity, meaning a BEV has no ICE, no fuel tank and no exhaust pipe. Instead, it has one or more electric motors powered by a larger onboard battery. Users charge the battery via an external outlet. BEVs currently exist in several forms, including cars, buses, motorbikes and scooters, and even boats. The highest selling BEVs globally include the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, the SAIC-GM-Wuling Hongguang Mini, the Nissan Note, the VW ID.3 and the Renault Zoe.
There are more than 42,000 electric car charging points across the UK and more are getting added each day.
You can use the interactive Plugshare map below to find a charging point near you. The map also provides you with additional information such as directions to the charging point, costs and port types. We recommend bookmarking this page so you have it handy next time you need to find a charging point.
A family-run, independent garage in Linlithgow, we offer a comprehensive range of garage services for all makes and models while being VAG specialists and HEVRA-approved to work on electric and hybrid vehicles. Trusted by generations and well-reputed for the quality of our work and the friendliness of our team, we look forward to welcoming you to the Hunters of Linlithgow family.
To find out more about Electric & Hybrid Car Repairs & Servicing in Linlithgow, contact us online or call us directly on 01506 842 540