If you are considering leasing an electric vehicle, it is important to know the different vehicles available on the market and the pros and cons of each specific vehicle.
A micro hybrid vehicle uses a “start-stop system”, where regenerative braking technology helps stop a combustion engine when the vehicle pulls to a stop and also restart it when the driver begins to accelerate.
This hybrid supports assist mode and regenerative braking and in addition the battery size is lower than full hybrid vehicles and is operated only in charge sustaining zones across the country. It improves fuel economy and reduces exhaust missions.
These vehicles are unique in the marketplace, utilising a battery and electric motor that will provide more power to drive the vehicle and also allow, for a short distance, pure electric driving at low speed. These vehicles are far more fuel-efficient than a Mild Hybrid.
First introduced to the UK car market back in 2012, plug-in hybrids or PHEVs, are essentially cars that combine a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor and a large rechargeable battery. Utilising the same technology as full hybrid vehicles, they can be plugged-in and charged from an outlet and once fully charged, driven purely on electric.
Most plug-in hybrid models will travel at higher speeds than full hybrids in pure electric mode and on average manage a 10-15 mile range. If the range is reached, have no fear, the petrol or diesel engine will kick in as a default.
In terms of charging, you will need to decide where and when. We recommend charging through a dedicated electric vehicle charging point although you can also charge through a standard mains socket. Are you on the road? This handy list will give you charging points across the UK.
Range-extended Electric Vehicles
Range-Extended Electric Vehicles (E-REV) fall in between plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. The engine acts as a generator to charge the car battery and is ideal for long distance journeys. A full charge will provide optimal acceleration performance and full vehicle speed for 25-50 miles. Range-extenderd electric vehicles are capable of generating additional electricity to power the vehicle for over 300 miles on a single tank of petrol.
Pure Electric Vehicles
Also known as EV, these vehicles are purely driven on an electric battery. A typical EV has a range of 60-100 miles, however technology is rapidly increasing giving users a longer range. It will require overnight charging unless you make use of rapid charging points, which are widely available around the country. These vehicles are ideal for shorter journeys and city/town driving.