Types of Electric Vehicle
Electric Vehicles typically come in three types.
Full Electric (EV)
- Runs solely on an electric motor and battery, and is the greenest option.
- Minimal servicing – No Spark Plugs, oil and filters, clutch or fan belt.
- An electric car is suitable for most drivers. The majority of car travel is less than 32 km. Electric cars can be charged whilst you’re asleep, using your night rate electricity, or at work, allowing you to have maximum range every day.
Self-Charging Hybrid (HEV)
- Runs on a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
- The electric battery is generally charged by the engine, the motion of the wheels and regenerative braking
- There is no charging connector with these vehicles, and our experience on a typical journey would be 35% electric driving and 65% fuel.
Plug In Hybrid
- A plug-in Hybrid is suitable for some drivers – They generally offer an electric only range of up to 40km, and switches to fuel thereafter.
- Plug-in hybrids eliminates range anxiety, as you have the comfort of petrol/diesel in the event you run out of battery.
Range Extender EV
- Suitable for those who need extra range.
- Runs on an electric motor and battery like a full electric car.
- Engine then acts as generator to create electricity for additional battery charge.