If you care about the environment and want to save money on fuel, then an electric or hybrid vehicle is the option for you. With the industry coming on leaps and bounds in recent years, electric vehicles are now more affordable and offer greater flexibility than ever before. Whether you are after something for your business, a spacious 7-Seater or even a day-to-day hatchback (and lots in-between), we are bound to have the solution for you.
Dicksons of Inverness stock a range of electric vehicle options from our brands of KIA, Nissan and Suzuki. We are your local choice in the highlands for eco-friendly vehicle options. Read on for some of the different vehicle options available to you. Remember – give us a shout if there’s anything you want to know more on.
Hybrid Cars in Inverness
Hybrid cars combine the benefits of a traditional petrol or diesel car, with the best parts of electric car technology. They can use multiple power sources (some recharge themselves, others plug in to an electric power source at home), and combine a battery pack with a petrol engine. The result is usually a reduction of your car’s CO2 emissions, and an improvement in fuel economy and running costs.
Maybe you are venturing out into the highlands and want to make sure you have the range to get home again. Or perhaps you’re simply pottering around town. Either way, hybrids offer the ultimate flexibility. Even better, they now come in all shapes and sizes – see some of the options below:
This clever hatchback is called a "mild hybrid", meaning that it uses hybrid technology to improve the MPG of your car. As well as fuel economy, it also helps to reduce our exhaust emissions. This makes it a winner for your pocket AND the environment.
A step up size-wise from the city car Ignis, the dynamic Swift also has the same "mild hybrid" set up. Why not drop into our Inverness showroom, or give us a call to arrange a test drive?
The Hybrid KIA Niro Crossover comes into two hybrid forms (as well as full electric). The Plug-in (or PHEV) option does what it says on the tin, plugging in to re-charge and offering a combined fuel consumption of up to 201.8MPG. The self-charging hybrid is a bit different. Rather than requiring you to plug it in, it charges as you drive, and then uses that charge to improve your car performance more subtly.
Full Electric Cars from Dicksons of Inverness
Electric cars take the tech one step further than a hybrid. They remove the traditional fuel entirely and replace the petrol or diesel engine with a pure electric battery pack. These vehicles are then recharged (or re-fuelled!) by plugging in at home or at a charging station (different power sources take different amounts of time to get to full charge). As such, they have a longer range nowadays than they used to and often cost only pennies per mile to drive. Plus they produce zero C02 emissions. These clever cars offer a great driving experience, with instant acceleration, no engine noise and lots of other smart tech.
Here are some of the full electric cars we offer:
Video Review: Find out more about the KIA e-Niro electric car
You have two generations of the Nissan Leaf to choose from – the original pioneering electric model, or the new for 2019 E+ level. The E+ is the ideal solution for regular commuters, whilst the standard Leaf is the option for daily city driving. With a range of up to 239 miles, electric cars have never been as flexible.
The Niro range is truly flexible, and that means there is a full electric version. Not only is this model WhatCar? Electric Car of the year 2019, but it’s also the Electric car of the year too. That makes this easily one of the best electric family car options on the market. We think you need to drive it to experience it!
Whilst a lot of hybrids and electric cars in the Dicksons of Inverness range are small city cars, the E-NV200 breaks the mould. This model comes in three key shapes – 5 seater, 7 seater and as a van. As such it flexibly offers 100% electric driving for all possible needs – whether that’s as a family car or for your business.
Want to know more?
Get in touch with our expert team at Dicksons, and we can help you to understand the different electric car options. We can even book you a test drive at our convenient Inverness showroom.