What are the different types of electric vehicles?

We have put together a handy guide showcasing the different types of electric vehicles covering EV, HEV and PHEV.

All Electric (EV)

The all electric vehicle (EV) is driven solely by electricity. Simply plug your electric vehicle into your home charging point and your electric vehicle charger will charge up your vehicle’s battery. Drivers usually opt for a dedicated home charging point because it’s faster and has built-in safety features. A Tesla electric vehicle will get you 350 miles on a single charge. There are some electric vehicle models out there that provide an even longer mile range on a single charge, such as the Mercedes EQS which will give you an impressive 464 miles.

If you use one of our specially selected home chargers you can charge up your vehicle’s battery in just under 8 hours from empty to full with a 7kw charging point. However, most drivers tend to top up the charge to the advised 80% rather than recharging from empty. Therefore, it can take even less time to charge your vehicle for your intended destination, keeping your battery life at optimum performance too.

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) 

The hybrid electric vehicle utilises two sources of power, a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) system and an electric motor and battery pack. The electric battery is smaller, so a hybrid car will only run on electric power at lower speeds.  Depending on your needs, hybrid cars are ideal for city driving and short trips with improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. However, you have the reassurance of having your conventional engine as a backup for traveling much longer distances. The HEV battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine.

Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)

A Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is similar to a HEV in that it uses both (ICE) and electric power sources. However,  the battery is much larger in a PHEV enabling the vehicle to travel a much further distance using electric power alone. You need to recharge the battery in PHEV vehicles so installing an electric vehicle charging point at home is a convenient, practical, and cheaper solution. Save yourself time and money, rather than having to wait and pay a higher price at a public charging station.