Electric Vehicles (EV's) give you the chance to drive a car or van that has no negative impact on the environment. Running purely off an electric motor, they produce zero CO2 emissions and their technology means they represent one of the cheapest vehicles to run.
A fully electric vehicle has no internal combustion engine and runs purely off an electric motor, therefore producing zero emissions and is the most environmentally friendly modern vehicle type. This also means electric vehicles are incredubly cost effective to run as they require no petrol or diesel fuel costs.
Battery technology is constantly improving with both power and range seeing the main benefits. As an example the Tesla Model 3 has an electric range of over 250 miles on average before it requires a charge. Of course these figures can vary but for those concerned about their carbon footprint and who want to travel shorter distances without ever having to pay petrol or diesel refuel costs the electric car makes perfect sense.
Electric Cars include the Audi e-tron, BMW i3, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Mini Electric, Nissan Leaf, Porsche Taycan and the Tesla range of cars.
Electric Vans include the Mercedes-Benz eVito, Nissan e-NV200, Renault Kangoo Electric and Renault Master Electric.
Plug In Hybrid (PHEV)
A Plug In Hybrid needs to be plugged into a power outlet in order to charge its electric motor, whereas a conventional hybrid (HEV) generates the electricity as you drive.
There are a number of key differences between a standard hybrid vehicle and a plug in hybrid (PHEV). In the simplest of terms, a Plug-In Hybrid is a hybrid vehicle that needs to be plugged into a power outlet in order to charge its electric motor, as opposed to a regular (HEV) where the electricity is generated as you drive. Unlike a conventional hybrid, a PHEV is powered by electricity from the grid and will generally have a greater range on pure electric power.
Another notable difference is that instead of using the electric motor only at lower speeds, the plug in hybrid will use the electric motor at most points until it reaches its limit or pre-determined battery state of charge. It is at this point that the vehicle's internal combustion engine is designed to kick in and supply added power to the electric motor.
Plug In Hybrid Cars include the Audi A3e, Audi Q5e, BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW X5e, Ford Kuga PHEV, Mercedes-Benz A250e, Mercedes-Benz C300e, Mercedes-Benz E300e, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, Range Rover Evoque PHEV, Range Rover Sport PHEV, Vauxhall Grandland PHEV, Volvo XC40 PHEV and Volvo XC90 PHEV.
Conventional Hybrid (HEV and MHEV)
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Mild Electric Hybrid Vehicles (MHEV) combine a standard internal combustion engine with an electric motor to produce some of the lowest CO2 emission levels of any vehicle. This winning combination means hybrids are also an effective option if you want to keep on the road costs to a minimum.
Hybrid vehicles offer incredibly low emissions and combine a standard engine with at least one electric motor. They generate their electricity whilst you drive using two main techniques, regenerative braking and an electrical generator. Regenerative braking harvests heat and kinetic energy usually wasted during braking and converts it into electrical energy to be stored in the battery whereas an electrical generator runs directly off the combustion engine.
When cruising, particularly at low speeds, a hybrid will draw its power from the vehicle's fitted electric motor. When this speed starts to increase, the hybrid will seamlessly integrate the standard combustion engine in order to accommodate the greater demand. In particular testing cicrumstances such as driving over rough terrain or up a hill the behicle will use both systems alongside each other to gain extra power and torque.
One of the biggest benefits of a hybrid vehicle is that while its main fuel source is still gasoline however it requires a lot less of this than a standard combustion engine vehicle and therefore running costs are often minimal.
Conventional Hybrid Cars include the Ford Mondeo HEV, Hyundai Kona, Kira Niro Hybrid, Lexus CT, Lexus UX, Suzuki Swift Hybrid, Toyota Prius and the Toyota Yaris