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Electric Vehicles have been appearing throughout the motor trade for some time now. Electric vehicles have been experimented with since the mid 19th Century, but with ever increasing need to reduce carbon foot print of vehicles, its has become a key focus for many manufacturers over the last ten years. With this in mind, we feel there is still a lot to know above all forms of electric vehicles and whether they are right for you. We have compiled the most important information about the different types of Electric Vehicles, as well as the positives and negatives of electric vehicles.

What is a Mild Hybrid?


Mild hybrids are generally cars with an internal combustion engine equipped with an electric motor to assist daily driving. This allows electric driving either for a limited range or limited MPH. This also allows the engine to be turned off whenever the car is coasting, braking, or stopped, yet restart quickly. Some Mild hybrids use regenerative braking and power assist to the internal combustion engine (ICE), but mild hybrids do not have an electric-only mode of propulsion.

What is a Plug-in Hybrid?


A Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid electric vehicle whose battery can be recharged by plugging a charging cable into an external electric power source, in addition to internally by its on-board internal combustion engine-powered generator. Most PHEVs are passenger cars, but there are also PHEV versions of commercial vehicles and vans, utility trucks, buses, trains, motorcycles, mopeds, and even military vehicles.

What is a Full Electric vehicle?


An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. An electric vehicle may be powered through a collector system by electricity from off-vehicle sources, or may be self-contained with a battery, solar panels, fuel cells or an electric generator to convert fuel to electricity. EVs include, but are not limited to, road and rail vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electric aircraft and electric spacecraft.

Lower maintenance costs

Petrol and diesel engines are incredibly complex and have hundreds of components that can wear, fail and need replacing. Electric cars on the other hand have just three main components and far fewer moving parts than a combustion engine. That means servicing and maintenance is simpler and cheaper, which saves you money.

Tax benefits

There is no yearly or first-year tax with an electric vehicle, which could save you around £500 over the first three years of ownership compared to a mid-sized petrol or diesel equivalent.

Electricity is cheaper than petrol or diesel

Electricity is cheap, particularly when you charge at home. When you look at cost per mile, driving on electricity can cost around a third of an equivalent petrol or diesel car.