Self-charging hybrids have a small electric motor that supports the combustion engine to provide great performance and cut emissions. The battery is powered by the engine while you’re on the go, and through energy recovered while braking.
Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) offer all-electric performance over short distances and are fitted with a large battery that must be connected to an electrical power source to be charged.
Electric vehicles (EVs) run on electric power alone, being fitted with a battery and one or two motors in place of a combustion engine. They produce zero CO2 emissions and must be plugged into an electrical source to recharge.
A hybrid car is one that combines a traditional combustion engine powered by petrol or diesel with an electric motor. This enables the car to benefit from increased efficiency and better fuel economy, all while lowering CO2 emissions.
A plug-in hybrid car is one whose battery-powered electric motor requires charging from a suitable source. Whether at home with a suitable charging solution, or at one of the many thousands of public charge points, you will be able to replenish the charge of your battery quickly and affordably.
Hybrid vehicle batteries are designed to last the lifetime of your vehicle, and will often be covered by a warranty should any issues arrive. For older vehicles, however, you may find that replacing your battery comes at an additional cost.
Hybrid batteries have been designed so that your battery should never completely be drained of charge. Of course, you should always ensure that you charge at a suitable outlet on a regular basis to maintain performance.
While hybrid vehicles can run in all-electric mode, driving without any fuel can still cause significant damage to the car.
While most servicing and maintenance charges are on a par with standard vehicles, you may well find that, due to the vehicle’s engine being under less strain, costs are actually more affordable.
Hybrid vehicles are constructed with the most exacting levels of quality and safety in mind. From circuit breakers that cut electrical current in the event of an accident, to all the latest in driver assistance and safety measures, you can be confident that taking to the road is safe as can be.
The initial cost of a hybrid vehicle may appear higher than a petrol or diesel option. However, as more and more manufacturers introduce options, the prices continue to drop and become more affordable. Plus, lower running costs and tax discounts ensure that the long-term savings to be made are significant.