PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES (PHEV)
Quite simply, a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is a Hybrid vehicle which can be plugged in to an outlet to charge its batteries, this is in addition to electricity charge generated through wheel rotation, as per conventional Hybrid cars.
As with any Hybrid, the petrol engine and electric motor work hand-in-hand to balance efficiency and performance. But plug-in options take the Hybrid experience to the next level: as PHEVS can be plugged-in and recharged from an outlet, they are able to drive extended distances using electricity only.
LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS
Plug-In Hybrid vehicles emit fewer harmful CO2 emissions compared to cars with only a traditional combustion engine, meaning they’re much kinder to the environment.
Plug-in Hybrid technology allows electric only driving and during this type of driving the vehicle won’t produce any CO2 at all.
FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE OF PLUG-IN HYBRIDS
Whilst Plug-In Hybrid cars do have a traditional combustion engine, you will take advantage of the electric only driving mode where possible - and it’s far cheaper to charge an electric vehicle than it is purchase petrol or diesel.
As Plug-in Hybrid technology allows electric-only driving, where no fuel is used, this of course translates to fuel savings, especially if you are making short distance or ‘stop-start’ journeys in cities – you can save on petrol money for your commute and also do your bit to help the environment.
DRIVE IT LIKE ANY OTHER CAR
One of the main advantages of choosing Hybrid over pure electric is that you don’t have to worry about being left stranded if you run out of electric power.
When your electric charge runs low, the vehicle can be driven using just the conventional combustion engine when needed. The engine also helps to charge the batteries as you drive, meaning you can drive a Plug-in Hybrid exactly as you’d drive any other car without having to worry about stopping to find the next charging point.
HOW DO YOU CHARGE A PLUG-IN HYBRID?
There are a few different ways to charge Plug-in Hybrids: you can either use a standard three pin plug, a wall charger or a ‘fast charger’.
Some service stations also provide Rapid chargers which can reduce charge time significantly. The Suzuki Across Plug-in Hybrid also offers a Battery Charger Mode, which means you can part charge the batteries using the petrol-powered engine, while you’re on the move.