ELECTRIC VEHICLE TYPES


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Find out if an electric vehicle is suitable for you

There are a number of different types of electric vehicle, and although a full hybrid cannot be plugged into an external electricity supply, it is still capable of a few miles in zero emission mode, and brings additional fuel economy benefits over petrol models.  

The main technologies available are:

Full Hybrid

A hybrid vehicle makes use of both a conventional combustion engine and an electric motor, either working independently or in conjunction with one another. It uses an electric motor to assist in providing more power to the vehicle when needed, and can also run on pure electric alone for a mile or so when driving at very low speeds. The full hybrid system works at its best when the vehicle is regularly accelerating and braking, as regenerative braking is used to recharge the battery.

SUITABILITY

Suitable for mixed driving scenarios both urban and extra-urban, however most benefit comes from stop-start driving. There is no requirement to plug the vehicle in but electric vehicle mode is very limited.

Models include
• Ford Mondeo Hybrid
• Lexus IS 300h
• Mercedes C-Class C300h
• Toyota Prius

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) use the same technology as a full hybrid, but they have a larger battery capacity and can therefore travel for extended distances in pure electric mode - typically between 10 and 30 miles. Unlike conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids can be recharged, and if used for short, frequent journeys will achieve the same zero emissions as a pure electric vehicle. Only once the battery is depleted will the combustion engine kick in and power the car like a conventional petrol/diesel vehicle. Plug-in Hybrids are most efficient when regularly charged and cover a high percentage of driving in electric only mode.

SUITABILITY

Suitable for a high frequency of short journeys to maximise electric vehicle mode which is typically ten to thirty miles. No range anxiety but to provide maximum environmental and cost benefit, electric vehicle mode needs to be optimised.

Models include
• Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
• Mercedes C Class C350e
• Range Rover Sport P400e
• Volkswagen Golf GTE

AUDI A3 SPORTBACK 1.4 TFSI e-tron 5dr S Tronic
AUDI Q7 DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 TDI 258 Quattro e-tron 5dr Tip Auto
BMW 2 SERIES ACTIVE TOURER 225xe Luxury 5dr Auto
BMW 2 SERIES ACTIVE TOURER 225xe M Sport 5dr Auto
BMW 2 SERIES ACTIVE TOURER 225xe Sport 5dr Auto
BMW 5 SERIES SALOON 530e M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 5 SERIES SALOON 530e SE 4dr Auto
BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740e 4dr Auto
BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740e Exclusive 4dr Auto
BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740e M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740Le xDrive 4dr Auto
BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740Le xDrive Exclusive 4dr Auto
BMW 7 SERIES SALOON 740Le xDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW I8 COUPE [374] 2dr Auto
BMW I8 ROADSTER 2dr Auto
HYUNDAI IONIQ HATCHBACK 1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid Premium 5dr DCT
HYUNDAI IONIQ HATCHBACK 1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT
KIA NIRO ESTATE 1.6 GDi PHEV 3 5dr DCT
KIA OPTIMA SALOON 2.0 GDi PHEV 4dr Auto
KIA OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON 2.0 GDi PHEV 5dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ESTATE 2.0 P400e Autobiography 4dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ESTATE 2.0 P400e Autobiography LWB 4dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ESTATE 2.0 P400e SVAutobiography LWB 4dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ESTATE 2.0 P400e Vogue 4dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ESTATE 2.0 P400e Vogue SE 4dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT ESTATE 2.0 P400e Autobiography Dynamic 5dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT ESTATE 2.0 P400e HSE 5dr Auto
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT ESTATE 2.0 P400e HSE Dynamic 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS ESTATE C350e AMG Line 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS ESTATE C350e AMG Line Premium 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS ESTATE C350e AMG Line Premium Plus 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS ESTATE C350e Sport 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS ESTATE C350e Sport Premium 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS ESTATE C350e Sport Premium Plus 5dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS SALOON C350e AMG Line 4dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS SALOON C350e AMG Line Premium 4dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS SALOON C350e AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS SALOON C350e Sport 4dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS SALOON C350e Sport Premium 4dr Auto
MERCEDES C CLASS SALOON C350e Sport Premium Plus 4dr Auto
MERCEDES E CLASS SALOON E350e AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic
MERCEDES E CLASS SALOON E350e AMG Line Premium 4dr 9G-Tronic
MERCEDES E CLASS SALOON E350e AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
MERCEDES E CLASS SALOON E350e SE 4dr 9G-Tronic
MERCEDES E CLASS SALOON E350e SE Premium 4dr 9G-Tronic
MERCEDES E CLASS SALOON E350e SE Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
MERCEDES GLE ESTATE GLE 500 e 4Matic AMG Line 5dr 7G-Tronic
MERCEDES GLE ESTATE GLE 500 e 4Matic AMG Line Prem Plus 5dr 7G-Tronic
MERCEDES GLE ESTATE GLE 500 e 4Matic AMG Line Premium 5dr 7G-Tronic
MERCEDES GLE ESTATE GLE 500 e 4Matic Designo Line 5dr 7G-Tronic
MERCEDES GLE ESTATE GLE 500e 4Matic AMG Night Ed Prem + 5dr 7G-Tronic
MERCEDES GLE ESTATE GLE 500e 4Matic AMG Night Edition 5dr 7G-Tronic
MINI COUNTRYMAN HATCHBACK 1.5 Cooper S E ALL4 5dr Auto
MINI COUNTRYMAN HATCHBACK 1.5 Cooper S E ALL4 PHEV 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV 3h 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV 4h 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV 4hs 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV 5h 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV 5hs 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV Juro 5dr Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PETROL 2.0 PHEV 3h Commercial Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PETROL 2.0 PHEV 4Work GX3h Auto
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PETROL 2.0 PHEV Juro Commercial Auto
PORSCHE PANAMERA HATCHBACK 2.9 V6 4 E-Hybrid 5dr PDK
PORSCHE PANAMERA HATCHBACK 2.9 V6 4 E-Hybrid Executive 5dr PDK
PORSCHE PANAMERA HATCHBACK 4.0 V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid 5dr PDK
PORSCHE PANAMERA HATCHBACK 4.0 V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive 5dr PDK
PORSCHE PANAMERA SPORT TURISMO 2.9 V6 4 E-Hybrid 5dr PDK
PORSCHE PANAMERA SPORT TURISMO 4.0 V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid 5dr PDK
TOYOTA PRIUS HATCHBACK 1.8 VVTi  Plug-in Bus Ed Plus 5dr CVT
TOYOTA PRIUS HATCHBACK 1.8 VVTi  Plug-in Business Edition Plus 5dr CVT
TOYOTA PRIUS HATCHBACK 1.8 VVTi  Plug-in Excel 5dr CVT
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF HATCHBACK 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF HATCHBACK 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ESTATE 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ESTATE 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SALOON 1.4 TSI GTE 4dr DSG
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SALOON 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 4dr DSG
VOLVO V60 DIESEL SPORTSWAGON D5 [163] Twin Eng SE Nav 5dr AWD Geartronic
VOLVO V60 DIESEL SPORTSWAGON D6 [220] Twin Eng SE Lux Nav 5dr AWD Geartronic
VOLVO V60 DIESEL SPORTSWAGON D6 [220] Twn Eng R DESIGN Lux Nv 5dr AWD Gtnic
VOLVO V90 ESTATE 2.0 T8 Hybrid Inscription Pro 5dr AWD Geartronic
VOLVO V90 ESTATE 2.0 T8 Hybrid R DESIGN Pro 5dr AWD Geartronic

Extended Range EV

Range-extended electric vehicles (E-REVs) essentially bridge the gap between plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. The vehicles run on electricity only, but unlike pure electric vehicles they also have a generator on board to recharge the battery when it is depleted. This eliminates range anxiety as the vehicle will run as long as it is refuelled with petrol. The vehicle is never directly powered by the petrol engine like other hybrids and is always driven by the electric motor. This provides fuel consumption and emission benefits over a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

SUITABILITY

Suitable for much longer journeys due to larger battery and on board generator. These vehicles can be used in urban and extra-urban use and for higher mileage scenarios than a pure electric vehicle.

Models include
• BMW i3 Range Extender

BMW I3 HATCHBACK 94Ah Range Extender 5dr Auto
BMW I3 HATCHBACK S 94Ah Range Extender 5dr Auto

Pure Electric

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) run off one power source only - the electric battery. There is no combustion engine present which means they are the cleanest option and never produce tailpipe emissions and hence the most sustainable.

They do however have range anxiety, if you run out of electricity that’s it, just like if you ran out of petrol or diesel; hence there are some additional things you need to consider before purchasing a pure electric vehicle.

SUITABILITY

Suitable for predominantly urban driving due to range limitations, however new models are coming to market with increasing ranges moving these vehicles into the extra-urban drive cycles. Vehicle charging is a key consideration as no other back up fuel so home charging a must.

Models include
• Jaguar i-Pace
• Nissan Leaf
• Renault Zoe
• Tesla Model S

BMW I3 HATCHBACK 94Ah 5dr Auto
BMW I3 HATCHBACK S 94Ah 5dr Auto
CITROEN C-ZERO HATCHBACK 5dr Auto
FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK Electric 5dr Auto
HYUNDAI IONIQ HATCHBACK Electric Premium 5dr Auto
HYUNDAI IONIQ HATCHBACK Electric Premium SE 5dr Auto
JAGUAR I-PACE ESTATE 90kWh EV400 HSE 5dr Auto
JAGUAR I-PACE ESTATE 90kWh EV400 S 5dr Auto
JAGUAR I-PACE ESTATE 90kWh EV400 SE 5dr Auto
JAGUAR I-PACE ESTATE SPECIAL EDITION 90kWh EV400 First Edition 5dr Auto
KIA SOUL HATCHBACK EV 5dr Auto
MERCEDES B CLASS HATCHBACK B250 e Electric Art 5dr Auto
MERCEDES B CLASS HATCHBACK B250 e Electric Art Executive 5dr Auto
MERCEDES B CLASS HATCHBACK B250 e Electric Art Premium 5dr Auto
MERCEDES B CLASS HATCHBACK B250 e Sport 5dr Auto
MERCEDES B CLASS HATCHBACK B250 e Sport Executive 5dr Auto
MERCEDES B CLASS HATCHBACK B250 e Sport Premium 5dr Auto
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta 6dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Flex 6dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid Flex 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid Plus 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid Plus 6dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid Plus Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Acenta Rapid Plus Flex 6dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid Flex 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus Flex 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 COMBI ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid Flex 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus Flex 5dr Auto [5 seat]
NISSAN e-NV200 EVALIA ESTATE Tekna Rapid Plus Flex 5dr Auto [7 seat]
NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK 2.Zero 5dr Auto
NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK Acenta 5dr Auto
NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK N-Connecta 5dr Auto
NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK Tekna 5dr Auto
NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK Visia 5dr Auto
PEUGEOT ION HATCHBACK 5dr Auto
RENAULT TWIZY COUPE 13kW Dynamique 2dr Auto
RENAULT TWIZY COUPE 13kW Expression 2dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK Dynamique Nav [92] 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK Dynamique Nav Quick Charge 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK Expression Nav [92] 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK i-Dynamique Nav [92] 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK i-Dynamique Nav Quick Charge 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK i-Expression Nav [92] 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK i-Signature Nav [92] 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK i-Signature Nav Quick Charge 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK Signature Nav [92] 5dr Auto
RENAULT ZOE HATCHBACK Signature Nav Quick Charge 5dr Auto
Smart FORFOUR HATCHBACK Electric drive Prime Premium 5dr Auto
Smart FORFOUR HATCHBACK Electric drive Prime Premium Plus 5dr Auto
Smart FORTWO CABRIO Electric drive Prime Premium 2dr Auto
Smart FORTWO CABRIO Electric drive Prime Premium Plus 2dr Auto
Smart FORTWO COUPE Electric drive Prime Premium 2dr Auto
Smart FORTWO COUPE Electric drive Prime Premium Plus 2dr Auto
TESLA MODEL S HATCHBACK 100kWh Dual Motor 5dr Auto
TESLA MODEL S HATCHBACK 100kWh Dual Motor Performance Ludicrous 5dr Auto
TESLA MODEL S HATCHBACK 75kWh Dual Motor 5dr Auto
TESLA MODEL X HATCHBACK 100kWh Dual Motor 5dr Auto
TESLA MODEL X HATCHBACK 100kWh Dual Motor Performance Ludicrous 5dr Auto
TESLA MODEL X HATCHBACK 75kWh Dual Motor 5dr
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF HATCHBACK e-Golf 5dr Auto
VOLKSWAGEN UP HATCHBACK e-Up 5dr Auto

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