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What is a Plug-In Hybrid?

Understanding this evolution of hybrid and electric cars

Think of a plug-in hybrid as an electric and a hybrid car rolled into one. It is able to recharge its batteries directly from a household electricity supply just like an electric car, but as it can also run efficiently on a petrol engine like a hybrid, you don’t have the worry of running out of charge on longer journeys.

Hybrid evolution

With our hybrid sales dating back to 1997, we have used our extensive experience to develop plug-in hybrid technology. By increasing the capacity of the secondary battery (this stores the energy for the hybrid system) we have been able to extend the cruising range of the electric-only driving mode (EV mode) as far as 25km.

And by extending the cruising range in EV mode, not only will you have the additional economic advantages of lower total fuel costs, including the cost of petrol and electricity, but there are lower environmental costs too, as it contributes to lower CO2 emissions, air pollution and petrol consumption.

Further savings can be achieved in countries that offer discounted electricity rates when recharging at night, and using energy generated from solar power means huge reductions in CO2 emissions stand to be gained.

Energy regeneration

The Prius Plug-In Hybrid ‘regeneration system’ captures heat energy generated from coasting without the accelerator applied and braking, and converts this into electricity to recharge the battery at a much higher rate than conventional hybrid cars.

This superior efficiency means that on short trips it is possible for our plug-in hybrid to deliver better fuel efficiencies than a conventional hybrid even with empty batteries.

No worry and plenty of power

Away from the city on longer journeys, our plug-in hybrid technology not only takes the worry out of running out of charge, but with the instant torque of the electric system working in harmony with the petrol engine, you always have the power you need.

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