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Types of EV & Hybrid

Wondering if an electric car is right for you? Discover more about electric cars and what makes them go.

Types of All-Electric Vehicle (AEVs)

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs)

BEVs are fully electric vehicles that run on rechargeable batteries alone. You can charge them up using a domestic plug, although this does take longer. A wall mounted charger installed at home or a public charging point are best.

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)

FCEVs powered by hydrogen, are the cars of the future. They produce no harmful emissions emitting only water vapour and warm air. Instead of needing to charge them up you’ll be able to refill them with pure hydrogen gas at hydrogen fuel stations. The worlds first hydrogen car was produced in 2014 and is still in development.

Types of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEVs)

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)

One of the most commonly seen types of hybrid vehicle, the PHEV is usually what comes to mind when people use the term ‘hybrid car’. The plug-in hybrid type, as the name suggests, requires plugging into a power source to charge the electric battery. Unlike regular hybrids however, the plug-in varieties tend to have higher battery capacities and can drive short distances on all-electric power.

Full hybrid electric vehicles (FHEVs)

FHEVs have both a combustion engine and a battery. They can run solely on the combustion engine or solely the electric engine or a combination of the two.

Mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs)

MHEVs have both an electric and combustion engine however, unlike the FHEVs, the electric part of the engine can’t power the car on it’s own. Instead, the electric battery will assist the engine. The mild hybrid recharges its electric battery through regenerative braking, so there’s no need for plug in charging.

Benefits of Buying an Electric Vehicle

  • Save money on fuel
  • Zero emissions
  • Low maintenance in comparison to conventional cars
  • Exempt from paying road tax

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Benefits of Buying a Hybrid Vehicle

  • Low emissions
  • Feels similar to driving an automatic
  • No concerns about running out of battery range
  • Cheaper running and maintenance costs.

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