A quick guide to the differences between PHEV, BEV and Self-Charging Hybrid cars
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The in-car technology provides information about how much charge is left in the battery and subsequently how much range the car has remaining. Information on where charging stations are to help you manage re-charging options for your journey is also provided. Charge times vary depending on the vehicles and the charging station you visit. At home it could take several hours to fully recharge your vehicle whilst a ‘rapid’ commercial charger might provide up to 80% charge in 18 minutes.
Typically the electric motor will activate at lower speeds, such as city centres, or in slow traffic scenarios such as traffic jams low-speed zones and car parks, for example, to reduce emissions.
These vehicles can be plugged-in to recharge or recharge during your journey using the petrol engine though this does affect fuel economy.
Self-Charging Hybrid cars usually have a petrol engine and a supporting electric motor. The combination of power is automatically assigned depending on the type of driving detected by the engine management system.
Self-Charging Hybrid cars cannot be plugged in and rely on the petrol engine or regenerative braking to recharge, hence the term ‘self-charging’. However, they are still largely regarded as more efficient than combustion engines.