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Electric Car EV Guide

Electric Options

There are now numerous options when deciding to move to an electric vehicle, all have their benefits and drawbacks but there is an electric solution to suit everybody’s lifestyle needs.

Any of our expert sales team at Stuarts Garages will happily assist you to find the best fit for you.

A brief description of the various electric car options on the market today.

Mild Hybrid (mHEV)

A mild hybrid vehicle is powered by an internal combustion engine that supplies energy to an electric motor. The combustion engine can store the energy and use it in suitable situations.

Each mild hybrid has a lithium-ion battery to store energy. The energy comes from existing start/stop systems or also from brake power regeneration.

Full Hybrid (HEV)

A full hybrid has a combustion engine and a battery-powered engine. At low speeds of up to 50 km/h and on short distances of up to approx. 3 km, a pure electric drive is possible.

The electricity required to operate the electric motor is generated by the combustion engine. The advantage of a full hybrid is that the is no need to charge the vehicle. They are efficient in an urban area where the stop and go nature of the drive allows the battery to be charged effectively.

Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

This is like a full hybrid, the difference being that a plug-in hybrid vehicle can drive higher speeds (up to 140 km/h) and longer distances (approx. 60 km) using only electricity. The combustion engine can charge the battery if there is not enough power. The battery is principally charged via an external power supply unit. A full charge can be achieved in approximately 3 hours with a domestic 7kw charger.

The benefit of PHEV’s is that it is possible to drive fully electric on shorter commuter drives but need to charged regularly. They also have the flexibility for longer road trips as they can be refuelled rather than recharged.

Electric Vehicle with Range Extender(E-REV)

Battery-powered vehicles with an additional small combustion engine and generator are called range extenders. The combustion engine only starts to generate additional electricity for the battery. Unlike the hybrid drive, however, it does not drive the vehicle directly. The advantages are similar to a PHEV, it is important to remember that the car is powered from the battery at all times.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

An all-electric vehicle is powered exclusively by a battery-operated electric motor, which is charged via the power grid. This means that, locally, the vehicle is 100% emission-free. Depending on the range of the battery a BEV may only need to be charged every few days. BEV’s also carry taxation benefits for BIK.