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Electric vs. Hybrid: Which Type Should you Choose?

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Generally, most motorists drive vehicles with regular petrol or diesel engines, but the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles is constantly growing. According to a recent study, data shows there are now 44% more EVs on the road than just three years ago.

We offer a variety of both electric and hybrid vehicles, but which engine type is best suited to the needs of you or your business? How far can each of them travel? Which one charges the quickest? We help answer all your questions, below:

What is an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

An electric vehicle is powered by an on-board battery which needs to be charged when its power levels get low – just like a mobile phone.

But just how far will an EV battery take you? That depends on a lot of variable factors, including:

  • Batteries capacity
  • Weight of the vehicle
  • How the vehicle is driven
  • Speeds vehicle is driven
  • Type of roads vehicle is travelling on (smooth/rough)
  • Weather (cold temperatures reduce an EV’s range)

An average electric vehicle will travel between 60 and 120 miles.

How long does it take to charge an Electric Vehicle?

This rests on which of the three types of charger you use – rapid, fast or slow.

  • Rapid chargers – will replenish your battery to 80% in around 45 minutes, depending on battery capacity.
  • Fast chargers – will typically fully charge an EV in 3 to 4 hours.
  • Slow units – are best used for overnight charging as they usually take 6 – 12 hours to fully charge.

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Benefits of an Electric Vehicle

A major advantage of an EV is that they’re considerably cheaper to run than your normal car. In terms of ‘fuel’, you only need to pay for the electricity you use to charge them, which costs as little as £3-£4 for a full charge. Because of its zero-emission engine, EVs are exempt from road tax and most congestion charging zones, making it ideal for city driving.

Disadvantages of an Electric Vehicle

With a low mileage range, it unfortunately means they don’t travel far before needing a recharge. In comparison, petrol powered vehicles will average around 300 miles on a full tank. EVs also take longer to ‘refuel’ because running out of power can’t be solved with a quick stop at the petrol garage.

Our range of Electric Hire Vehicles:

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Jaguar I Pace
  • Renault Kangoo ZE Van – Arriving May/June 2019

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What is a Hybrid Vehicle?

The hybrid vehicles we offer are specifically self-charging – but what does this mean? Self-charging hybrids use small electric motors to assist the conventional petrol or diesel engine when accelerating. When slowing down or braking, the vehicle captures its kinetic energy which is then used to charge its battery pack. Then, when you accelerate, the charged battery powers the electric motor to assist the car in gaining speed, making the petrol engine’s job easier, in-turn improving fuel economy and reducing emissions.

Benefits of a Hybrid Vehicle

A hybrid vehicle is great for driving in built-up areas with lots of traffic as the engine would be switched off most of the time, helping save on running costs and reducing air pollution. Almost all hybrid vehicles have automatic gearboxes, so are very quiet and smooth to drive – the sound of traffic jams is starting to sound relaxing in a Hybrid!

Clearly, a huge benefit of a Hybrid over an EV is that you don’t need to wait for it to charge or search for a charging point – a Hybrid can drive for hundreds of miles on one tank of fuel.

Disadvantages of a Hybrid Vehicle

Amongst the benefits, there are disadvantages that come with driving Hybrids too. Once on faster roads, Hybrids rely on their engines to keep up their high speeds. This is where they lose their economy advantage and sometimes will use slightly more fuel than a modern diesel.

Also, with automatic gearbox’s and eco-friendly tyres, all designed to save fuel, Hybrids may not appeal to driving enthusiasts.

Our range of Hybrid hire vehicles:

  • Toyota C-HR
  • Toyota Auris Estate
  • Hyundai Iconic

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Date added: 15th February 2019