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In the last few years the number of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and Hybrid Electric (HEV) vehicles has increased with around 30 PHEVs available in 2018 in the UK market with more on the horizon with manufacturers making a real commitment to developing alternative fuel technologies. From the small hatchback to the premium SUV we are on hand to give you the best advice to make the right decision.
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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
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
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