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Electric Vehicle FAQs

When you are thinking of making the move to electric, we understand that you may have lots of questions, from how and where to charge your vehicle, to how far it will go on a single charge.

Environmental: As electric vehicles run on battery power alone, they don't have a tailpipe, meaning that an electric car does not release tailpipe emissions into the air whilst driving.


Driving enjoyment: All electric vehicles are automatic, and with no combustion engine, they offer a smooth and quiet journey.


Cost saving: Although the initial purchase price of electric vehicles can be high, generally running costs tend to be lower than petrol or diesel cars, thanks to a lower cost of charging the vehicle at home in comparison to filling up with petrol or diesel at a service station. Some car parks even offer free charging for your electric vehicle. You can also benefit from not having to pay road tax, and will not have to pay congestion charges when driving in cities. In addition to this, servicing costs are lower than petrol, diesel, or hybrid vehicles, find out more about Toyota Servicing costs here.

We offer a wide range of vehicles, from self-charging hybrids to full electric vehicles. To ensure you make the right choice when it comes to choosing your next car, use our handy help me choose tool which will recommend the right power train for you according to your individual requirements.


Hybrids and battery electric vehicles have a key difference. A hybrid electric vehicle switches between petrol and electric power, and pure electric power, and the hybrid battery charges when braking or coasting – so there is no need to plug in. A battery electric vehicle does not have a tailpipe resulting in zero tailpipe emissions, and runs on battery power alone, meaning that you have to plug in the vehicle to charge it.

Charging an electric vehicle is easy and you can charge whilst you are at home, or at a growing number of locations when travelling.

There are three methods of charging for battery electric vehicles.


Rapid (43kW to 50kW)
The fastest way to charge your battery electric vehicle. There are over 4,000 public rapid charge points across the UK.


Fast (7kW to 22kW)
Much faster than a normal plug, dedicated EV chargers can be installed at home or found in many public and workplace car parks.


Slow (3.7kW)
You can even charge your vehicle through a domestic 3-pin plug socket which can be convenient although this is a slower way to charge.


Use Zap Map to find public charging stations on your route.


Charging is easy, and when you buy a Toyota full battery electric vehicle, or plug-in hybrid, two cables will be included:


3 Pin Plug cable which is used for slow charging with a 3 pin plug at home.


32A Type A Mennekes cable which is used for fast charging at home with a dedicated EV charger or when you are using a fast public charger.


When you use a public rapid charger to charge your electric vehicle, the charger will have a cable fitted already, and you simply need to plug it into your vehicle.

Just like any other vehicle, the range of an EV varies between make and model. The maximum range of our electric vehicles is impressive, our All-New bZ4X for example has a range of up to 318 miles*.


As with any vehicle, however it is powered, the range also depends on a number of factors such as weather and driving style.

*Electric range figures are provided for comparability purposes; only compare electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results. Electric range can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, including the accessories fitted (post-registration), driving style, conditions, speed and vehicle load.

As with all vehicles, electric vehicles can only drive a limited distance before they need refuelling. you will see clear indicators if your battery is running low, providing ample time for you to find somewhere to recharge.


Public EV chargers can be found in a growing number of places, including service stations, and public carparks.


To make charging whilst you are on the move even easier, we have introduced the Toyota Public Charging Network giving you a simple way to charge at thousands of charge points across the UK without having to set up alternative payment methods, or download multiple apps.


The charging time depends on how and where you are charging your EV.


At home, you can conveniently charge your vehicle using a dedicated EV charger, or even a domestic plug socket.


Rapid chargers are the fastest way to charge your vehicle when you are traveling, and these can be commonly found at service stations, with the ability to charge your car quickly and efficiently whilst you have a break from driving and grab a coffee. 


Yes absolutely! You can drive and charge your electric vehicle safely in the rain.

We provide up to 10 years battery warranty with the Toyota bZ4X. Battery warranty is provided through an initial 8 years manufacturer warranty from the vehicle’s registration date. An additional 12 months warranty is included with every qualifying service at an authorised Toyota dealer, up to 10 years from the vehicle’s registration date.

Company cars are taxed based on their CO2 emissions. For the 23/24 tax year, the BIK rate for fully electric cars is just 2%, meaning that choosing a bZ4X as your company car could mean you pay as little as £31 per month in company car tax^.

^Tax calculation based on 40% tax payer, 2% BIK for tax year 23/24, bZ4X Pure FWD priced at £46,055 excluding metallic paint.