Know Your Electric Vehicles

Nissan Leaf electric car

If you think electric vehicles are all the same, then you’ve got some catching up to do!


There are a few different types of electric vehicle, all with small differences, here with give you a quick overview, you can thank us later.


Hybrid Electric Vehicle


Hybrid Electric Vehicle or HEV for short is a combination of a standard internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system. This combination vastly improves fuel economy or the performance and power of the car. If you’re not keen on the idea of the plug-in, then this may be the option for you.


Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)


Although this works in a very similar way to the HEV, the difference is that this type of vehicle uses the power of rechargeable batteries, chargeable through and electric socket. This style of vehicle has both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine.


Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV)


This vehicle is charged solely through electricity and has no standard internal combustion engine. The energy is stored in the rechargeable battery and then powers the vehicle when required.


So, what are the pros and cons of an electric vehicle?


If you compare the cost of an electric charge to that of filling a tank with fuel, there’s no comparison. You’ll be better off financially with an electric vehicle and you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment too.


Electric cars offer a smooth quiet drive however you’ll be required to charge more often than what you will if you had filled the tank with petrol or diesel.


Electric cars tend to generally cost more to purchase however fully electric cars are exempt currently from Vehicle Road Tax.


The most popular electric vehicle worldwide is currently the Nissan Leaf and since the launch in 2010 there have been more than 150,000 sold.


More and more charging points are being fitted all over the country especially in London which will make the commute around the city a little easier.


So, if you’re even the slightest bit tempted by an electric vehicle or you’re inclined to find out what all the fuss is about, then give us a call and ask us about our great range of electric and hybrid vehicles we have on short term lease. Call 0330 330 9425 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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