Electric Cars | Arbroath & Brechin | Mackie Motors
Why Go Electric? If you're thinking about making a change on your driveway for the first time in about 10 years, you now have more options than you would've had last time you were car shopping.

Electric Range

As an established dealership pioneering the move to electric motoring, we offer a wide range of modern, stylish and powerful electric vehicles with advanced technology, impressive safety and plenty of get-up-and-go.

    New e-NV200 Combi With its new 40kWh battery capacity, the 100% electric 5 or 7-seater e-NV200 Combi is perfect for any growing family and a great choice for a more sustainable way of life. Take the whole crew with you whilst enjoying the best of connectivity, comfort and Nissan Intelligent Mobility - all this with zero emissions whilst driving. View Here

    The Benefits of Buying Electric

    As electric motoring becomes increasingly mainstream, the benefits are easy to see. While zero emissions motoring is kinder on the environment, electric cars are also cheaper to tax, maintain and run. On a cost per mile basis, a full electric car could cost you a quarter of what a car with a combustion engine might.

    Key benefits include:

    Go electric and enjoy a wealth of environment, financial and performance benefits.

    • Cost-effective- did you know that for an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles, switching to an EV could save you around £800 in fuel costs!
    • Efficient
    • Improved performance
    • Rapid charging
    • Soon to be cheaper to buy or lease

    Scotland has 35 public charging devices per 100,000 of population and 8.9 public rapid charging devices per 100,000 of population

    Zap-Map is a UK-wide map of charging points and aims to help EV drivers locate and navigate to available charge points. Key features include search, filters, list of nearby chargers and detailed info on each charging point:


    North Fife based taxi owner David Bayne of Tayport Taxis recently took the plunge and bought electric, and he’s loving it

    "This is the first electric vehicle that we have gone with, and I hope to run with more in the future.” explained David.

    "I went electric for a number of reasons. Cost being the first - the cost of diesel and petrol is only getting higher and there are a lot of incentives for going electric from the Government, including the OLEV Plug-In Vehicle Grant and the Scottish Government's interest-free Electric Vehicle Loan. Charging Stations are really easy to find, and there are websites available which not only show you where the charging stations are, but also if they are in use at the time."

    "I decided on the MG ZS EV because it’s a beautiful vehicle and nice to drive too. The team at Mackie Motors were really good and looked after me right the way through. And of course there’s the price - it’s one of the best priced electric vehicles on the road”.

    Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained

    Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars

      Electric Vehicle (EV) If you’re looking for 100% electric motoring, EVs are the way forward as they only have an electric motor and a high-capacity battery. Stylish, modern and with rapid charging options, electric vehicles offer a greener, more efficient driving experience.
      Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) HEVs don’t have to be plugged in and are therefore both efficient and convenient. They’re powered by both a traditional combustion engine and an electric powertrain which kicks in when needed to reduce fuel consumption, particularly during low speeds.
      Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Plug-in hybrids also combine a combustion engine with an electric motor and battery pack; however, as the batteries are bigger, they can offer longer electric-only ranges. PHEVs are charged through regenerative braking as well as being plugged into a power source.

      Benefits of charging your EV at home

      • Domestic Charge Point funding- You can receive £300 (plus £100 for remote postcodes) through EST Scotland Domestic Charge Point Funding on top of the UK Government Grant which offer £350 towards a charge point
      • Charging at home is the cheapest and most convenient option (£5 to fully charge)
      • To charge an EV to 80% at a public rapid charger will cost between £7-10 to charge

      Use the Home Charging Calculator to find out how long and how much it costs to charge at home. The results can be tailored to your home energy costs!

      Home charging calculator

      Use the Public Charging Calculator to estimate the cost to fully or partially charge your EV when using the public charging network.

      Public charging calculator

      Electric vehicle FAQ

      How does an electric car work?

      ​Electric cars are built with efficiency in mind and are therefore powered by an electric motor rather than a traditional combustion engine. Electric vehicles have a large battery pack which powers an electric motor. To recharge, electric cars must be plugged into a charging station or wall outlet for a set period of time.

      How long does it take to charge an electric car?

      It’s important to ask this question when investing in an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle so you understand what’s required from electric car ownership. The simple answer is that a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery will take about eight hours to charge completely from empty-to-full when plugged into a 7kW charging point. Rapid chargers can add up to 100 miles of range in 35 minutes with a 50kW charger should you need an extra boost.

      As a general rule, the bigger battery your car has and the slower the charging point, the longer charging will take. Many people choose to invest in a home Wallbox, for instance, as this offers quicker at home charging than a regular electric socket. A top tip would be to not let your car battery drain completely. That way the charging process is quicker.

      Where can I charge my electric car?

      As electric vehicles become increasingly mainstream, there are more ways to charge your car at home or on-the-go. Public charging stations tend to offer rapid charging when needed. You can also charge your car at home by plugging it into a regular wall socket or by investing in a special Wallbox for a higher-powered charging experience.

      Please see here for charge points across the UK.

      How much does it cost to run an electric car?

      Lower running costs are one of the main reasons people switch to electric motoring. An electric vehicle typically costs around 3-4 pence per mile which is less than diesel or petrol cars. Your home charging rate will depend on your electricity tariff. Recharge your vehicle overnight when you’ll be charged off-peak rates.

      Are electric vehicles cheaper to run than petrol?

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      The general answer is yes because they’re cheaper to tax and electric power is considered more cost effective than filling a full tank of fuel. On a cost-per-mile basis, a full electric car could cost you a quarter less of what a car with a combustion engine might.

      There’s also reduced parking and road toll charges. And you could be exempt from London Low Emission Zone fees. But the overall running costs depend on how you use your car. The use of electric-only power leads to the biggest savings. So, if you make a lot of short trips within an electric-only range, you should notice considerable savings. 

      Are electric vehicles safe?

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      ​Most electric vehicles come with advanced, technology-enhanced safety systems for improved on-road safety. They benefit from modern manufacturing and have been built with safety in mind. Electric vehicles are also powered by batteries instead of flammable fuel meaning there’s less chance of a fire. There’s a very low risk of lithium-ion batteries burning in comparison to diesel or petrol.

      How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

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      Hybrid batteries are designed to stand the test of time and, if you’re the original owner of a hybrid vehicle, there’s a high chance you won’t ever have to replace the battery. Battery packs in modern hybrids are built to last for at least 100,000 miles. Some might make it to 150,000 or more.

      Are electric cars better for the environment?

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      Electric cars release zero tailpipe emissions and therefore no harmful toxins are pumped into the environment. This applies to 100% electric vehicles with electric motors. If you opt for a hybrid that runs using a combustion engine and an electric powertrain, fuel emissions are reduced considerably.

      What is regenerative braking?

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      Regenerative braking transforms kinetic energy produced by the moving car into electrical energy stored back into the batteries. It’s designed to enhance efficiency and is a key feature of hybrids that are not plugged into an electric source.

      Should I buy an electric car?

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      The choice is yours but going electric has many positives. As well as lower running, fuel and maintenance costs, electric vehicles are better for the environment meaning you won’t have to pay the fees in low congestion zones. In many areas free parking is offered for electric vehicles too. Electric models can be charged at charging stations around the country or at home. Rapid charging is also available for your peace of mind and to reduce range anxiety.

      What electric cars are available?

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      Here at Mackie Motors, we’re proud to offer a wide range of electric models including the new Nissan LEAF, new Renault ZOE and the new MG5 EV. If you’re looking for a hybrid, models such as the new Renault Clio E-TECH Hybrid and the new Renault Captur E-TECH Hybrid are sure to delight.

      Are all electric cars automatic?

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      Most electric cars are automatic and likely will be in the future. This is because an electric car doesn’t require a clutch as it can’t stall like a petrol or diesel vehicle. That said, vehicles with a five or six-speed gearbox are in the pipelines as manufacturers try to maintain some normality for drivers used to manual vehicles.

      How far can an electric car go?

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      This all depends on the make and model, but the electric only range is becoming increasingly impressive as electric motorists look for practicality. Most electric vehicles offer a range of over 200 miles when completely charged. The 100% electric Renault ZOE, for instance, has a range of up to 245 miles. Hybrids can travel further because they also have a combustion engine.

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