As the name suggests, mild hybrid cars offer only a small amount of electrical power and use a combination of a combustion engine and electric motor to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. They are now key players in the effort to reduce our carbon footprint and are the perfect solution for those who want to break into the world of electric vehicles.
Mild hybrid electric vehicles benefit from both petrol and electric power sources without any plug-in features. All-electric energy is generated by the vehicle's braking system to recharge the battery via regenerative braking. Mild hybrid vehicles start by using the electric motor and the petrol engine cuts in as speed or load increases
These hybrids also have a smaller battery than a full hybrid model, and the energy will only be stored temporarily before it is deployed again, meaning a mild hybrid isn’t able to run on all-electric only.
All hybrid cars are powered by the combination of an electric motor and internal combustion engine, but with plug-in hybrids, the wheels can be powered by the electric motor alone or alongside the combustion engine. Whereas mild hybrids will only use the electric motor when accelerating to help support the engine.
If you’re thinking of opting for a mild hybrid, here are a few of the benefits:
Thinking of making the switch to a mild hybrid? Check out the range of mild hybrid’s available at our Donnelly Group showrooms across Northern Ireland! We also have a range of used PHEV’s available, as well as a full battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle range!