About Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Manufacturers are rapidly moving there vehicles over to full electric to meet government requirements, but for the people who aren't yet ready to go completely electric manufacturers offer hybrid vehicles to fill that gap. With PHEV, BEV, HEV and Full Electric it can get quote confusing, the below will help decipher what version of electric will suit you most, once you have made your choice, why not check out our great lease deals on cars and vans.

Understanding Your Vehicle Options: Full Electric Vehicles (EVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

When considering your next vehicle, it's important to understand the differences between Full Electric Vehicles (EVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs). Each offers unique benefits and considerations, catering to different driving needs and preferences.


Full Electric Vehicles (EVs):

  • Zero Emissions: EVs run solely on electricity, producing zero tailpipe emissions. They are environmentally friendly and contribute to reducing air pollution in urban areas.
  • Battery-Powered: EVs are powered entirely by rechargeable batteries. They do not require gasoline or diesel fuel, resulting in lower fuel costs and reduced dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Limited Range: While modern EVs offer increasingly longer ranges, they typically have a limited driving range compared to traditional Petrol or Diesel vehicles. However, this is evolving rapidly with advancements in battery technology.
  • Charging Infrastructure: EV owners must have access to charging infrastructure, including home charging stations and public charging points. Fortunately, the UK has a growing network of charging stations across the country.
  • Government Incentives: In the UK, EV owners benefit from government incentives such as grants for purchasing EVs, reduced vehicle tax rates, and exemption from congestion charges in certain cities.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs):

  • Dual Power Sources: PHEVs combine a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor and battery. They offer the flexibility of electric driving for short distances and gasoline-powered driving for longer journeys.
  • Electric-Only Mode: PHEVs can operate in electric-only mode for a limited distance, typically between 20 to 50 miles, depending on the model. This allows for zero-emission driving during shorter trips.
  • Extended Range: When the battery charge is depleted, the gasoline engine kicks in to provide additional power, extending the vehicle's overall range. This eliminates range anxiety and offers the convenience of refuelling at petrol stations.
  • Charging Options: PHEVs can be recharged by plugging them into a standard electrical outlet or a dedicated charging station. This provides drivers with the flexibility to recharge at home, at work, or at public charging points.
  • Reduced Emissions: While not as emission-free as EVs, PHEVs emit fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants compared to conventional vehicles. They offer a transition towards cleaner transportation while retaining the convenience of internal combustion engines.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs):

  • Combination of Power Sources: HEVs feature a traditional internal combustion engine paired with an electric motor and small battery. Unlike PHEVs, they cannot be plugged in to recharge the battery.
  • Regenerative Braking: HEVs utilize regenerative braking to capture energy during deceleration and braking. This energy is used to recharge the battery, improving overall efficiency and reducing fuel consumption.
  • Fuel Efficiency: HEVs offer improved fuel efficiency compared to traditional gasoline vehicles, but they do not offer the same level of electric-only driving capability as PHEVs.
  • Low Emissions: While not as environmentally friendly as EVs or PHEVs, HEVs produce lower emissions and contribute to reducing fuel consumption and air pollution.
  • No Need for Charging Infrastructure: Since HEVs do not require external charging, they offer the convenience of refuelling at petrol stations like conventional vehicles.

Choosing the Right Option for You:

  • Consider Your Driving Needs: Evaluate your typical driving patterns, including daily commute distances, frequency of long journeys, and access to charging infrastructure.
  • Environmental Impact: If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, consider the environmental benefits of EVs and PHEVs.
  • Budget and Incentives: Take into account upfront costs, running expenses, government incentives, and potential savings on fuel and maintenance.
  • Test Drive and Research: Before making a decision, test drive different types of vehicles and research their specifications, features, and ownership experiences.
  • Consult with Experts: Our team at Advanced Vehicle Contracts is here to help you navigate your options and find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs and preferences.

At Advanced Vehicle Contracts, we offer a wide range of leasing options for EVs, PHEVs, HEVs, and conventional vehicles. Contact us today to explore our leasing solutions and start your journey towards cleaner, more efficient transportation.