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Spring is here, bringing leaves back to the trees, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the days are getting longer. It’s also the start of the Arval Spring Sale, and we will be offering some of the most environmentally friendly vehicles available.
The Volkswagen Passat GTE, a plug-in hybrid making it ideal for urban areas because it can run on pure electric for up to 31 miles before the petrol engine kicks in. Stop/start technology switches off the engine at idle, reducing emissions and the impact on air quality. Of course, if you are looking for a fully electric car or van, we also have you covered. The Hyundai Ioniq is a fully electric car, making it a great choice for inner city driving, with its 28kWH lithium ion battery giving it a range of up to 174 miles on a single charge. Charge times are very fast, you can get up to 80% charged in approximately 30 mins, using a DC power source. The Renault Kangoo ZE fully electric van. This latest version boasts a 170 mile range off a single charge, and will deliver 225Nm of instant torque, which makes zipping around town very easy. The average journey in a car or van in the UK is 9 miles so for most people an electric vehicle can be a good option.
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Plug-in Hyrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Of the many benefits of running a PHEV, the one that will appeal to traditional fuel users the most, is having the combustion engine alongside he electric motor which can be recharged directly from a dedicated electrical supply. typically the electric miles range for a PHEV is between 20-40 miles, and will perform best in urban start/stop road conditions. When in electric mode, not only will you be producing zero emissions but you can also recoupe some of the energy that would be lost through braking. It is important to note that the way you operate the vehicle will ultimately determine
- Choice - The number of manufacturers that now have plug-in hybrid fuel vehicle in their range, is on the increase. Some vary each of their model range with a hybrid version, meaning there will be a hybrid vehicle out there to suit all tastes and budget, in the not so distant future.
- Tax Incentive - You may be able to take advantage of the tax benefits the government uses to incentivise ultra-low emission vehicles.
- Low Emissions - Lower emissions means lower road tax. Hybrid cars will produce less harmful emissions than regular fuel types. Lower emission can also get your vehicle exempt from London Congestion Charges, providing your emits no more than 75 g/km of CO2
HOW DO HYBRID VEHICLES WORK?
Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
This has a larger battery, electric motor and combustion engine. A combination of the engine and regenerative braking will help recharge the battery like an HEV. However, you will need to plug in this vehicle to fully recharge the battery to deliver the benefits of the electric range. Some examples of this type of hybrid are the Volkswagen GTE, Volvo V60, BMW 2 and 5 Series, Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro.
CO2: 79 g/km
Electric Range: 29 miles
Charge time: 4-5 hours using 7kw charging point
Hybrid Vehicle (HEV)
This has a small battery, electric motor and combustion engine. It will travel a few miles on the electric power and then switch back to the combustion engine. A combination of the engine and regenerative braking will recharge the batteries. The Toyota and Lexus brands provide the most choice of Plug-in and hybrid vehicles.
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi Active 5dr CVT
CO2: 78 g/km
Electric Miles: 12 miles
Charge time (fast charge): 120 minutes
HOW DO ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EV) WORK?
Put simply, it is a vehicle that is powered by an electric motor, which is charged using household electric. There is no combustion engine, but it does have a large battery which must be charged to use the vehicle. You must plan journeys to ensure they are within the vehicle's max range or plan routes with charging facilities along the way.
Power: 150 bhp
CO2: 0 g/km
Range: 253 miles
Charge Time: 4h 30m
Although it has a small internal combustion engine, it never powers the wheels of the car. Instead it is used to generate electricity to charge the battery. A range extender can give you up to 125 miles of pure electric driving, with emissions as low as 20 g/km. The BMW i3 is the most popular vehicle of this type.
CO2: 0 g/km
Range (NEDCC tested) : 186 miles
Charge time (fast charge): 240 minutes
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*Based on 6 advanced payments followed by 35 months and 30,000 miles. Excludes maintenance and additional options. Subject to terms, conditions and status. Images are for illustrative purposes only. Spring Sale offers are valid from 20th March until 9th April, offer subject to availability.