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Electric, Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid

With the world and our country changing and the environment becoming a more important issue for an increasing number of us, conventional combustion engines are becoming less popular. People are looking for alternatives and there are currently a variety to choose from, such as;

Plug-in electric vehicles (EV), Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV).

If you’re one of the many customers now thinking of investing in an ultra low- emission vehicle, then one of these options may be for you…but which one?

Plug-in electric vehicles (EV)

  • EVs are powered by one or more electric motors; 
  • EVs can be plugged in to charging points both at home, work and in public places. 
  • Some manufacturers supply free charging at their public charging points; 
  • These vehicles have on board batteries or fuel cells which are also charged up in part when you apply the brakes; 
  • EVs run purely on electricity with most having a range of somewhere between 80 to 100 miles on a full charge. However, there are some luxury brands that can do around 250 miles per charge; 
  • Driving styles and weather conditions can vastly affect the expected range, especially in winter with screen demisters, windscreen wipers and heaters working;
  • Re-charging can take between 30 minutes with fast charging to nearly a full day (or night) with a level one charge, depending on the type of battery and charger used.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)

  • For a greater range than the EVs, you may want to consider looking at a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV; 
  • Like the EVs, PHEVs can be plugged in to charging points to re-charge their batteries; 
  • PHEVs offer a range of up to around 30 miles on their electric motors, although this varies between manufacturers; 
  • Once the battery has run down, they switch over to a traditional petrol or diesel engine; 
  • Fuel economy is better than pure petrol or diesel engines and emissions are lower; 
  • They offer the flexibility to use the electric motor as often as possible, extremely useful in shorter journeys and for town driving; 
  • Finally, the traditional engines in PHEVs may also help to power the vehicle at other times, such as for quick acceleration or when the air conditioning or heating is on.

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV).

  • With HEVs, you simply don’t plug them in to charge the batteries; 
  • As per the PHEVs, they have a traditional petrol or diesel engine along with an electric motor; 
  • The electric motor is there to improve range and performance of the vehicle; 
  • They often run purely on the electric motor at lower speeds and switch over to the petrol/diesel motor when needed at higher speeds; 
  • Unlike PHEVs, if you drive a HEV you are likely to hear the petrol/diesel motor running most of the time; 
  • The batteries are also charged up in part when you apply the brakes, like EVs.

If any of the above options appeal to you and you want to move away from the traditional internal combustion engine, we’d be happy to help get you in the vehicle of your choice.

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