We're here to help you navigate the exciting new landscape of Electric and Hybrid vehicles. We'll tell you what you need to know, what the benefits are, are we'll help extinguish some common misconceptions.
All-electric vehicles run on battery power alone.
Zero fuel. Zero emissions on the road. So, they’re better for the environment and, with government purchase incentives, reduced road tax and no penalties in some low emission zones, they’re good for your wallet too.
These days, Hybrid Vehicles (HEV) are an increasingly common sight on the road. This is especially true in cities and urban areas, where their fuel efficiency in a typical city can be an advantage.
As with Mild Hybrid (MHEV), these vehicles have an internal combustion engine, but they also have a larger battery and more powerful motor. This provides more assistance to the engine and enables the vehicle to drive parts of short journeys at low speeds using the electric motor alone. Thanks to the conventional engine, this can help improve driving range. This is because the vehicle is capable of using both battery and the internal combustion engine.
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) have all the functionality of full Hybrid technology, with the added advantage that they can be charged from an external electricity supply.
The larger capacity of the battery makes them capable of zero-emissions while driving for ranges of up to 30 miles (50 kilometres), with the ability to switch to Hybrid mode to conserve battery life and to petrol or diesel-only for longer journeys.
The internal combustion engine is assisted by an electric motor. At low speed, or when stationary, the engine can switch itself off and the 48V starter-generator seamlessly restarts when needed.
The separate 48V Li-ion battery is automatically recharged by regenerative braking during coasting and braking. There is no requirement to connect the battery to a power source.
Fast and rapid charging options mean you can recharge your electric car in as little as 30 minutes. Home charging is also an option and the speed will depend on the power supply and the quantity of electricity you need to charge the car’s battery.
You Can Also have a charging point installed at home. These are quick and easy to install, taking just a few hours. The best thing to do is to contact a certified OLEV (Office for LowEmissions Vehicles) installer and you’ll be able to claim a government grant of £500 in the UK towards it. Choosing an installer like this will ensure your home charger is fitted to the highest safety standard.
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