Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicles at Donnelly Group NI

A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) can be a good option for anyone who’s not ready to go fully electric but still want the benefits such as lower emissions and lower fuel costs, as these hybrids have the back-up of a petrol or diesel engine for longer journies.

What is a Plug-In Hybrid Car and How Does It Work?

A plug-in hybrid offers a combined power source using a petrol engine and a rechargeable battery. The vehicle can recharge the onboard battery through both regenerative braking when the vehicle is in motion and ‘plugging-in’. The battery pack that powers the PHEV motor is larger than that in a standard hybrid meaning it can run on electricity for longer. Most standard hybrids are only capable of running on pure-electric over short distances, but with a plug-in hybrid, you could range between 25-40 miles.

You can charge your plug-in hybrid vehicle with an at-home charger or you can use the public charging points similar to how you would charge a fully electric vehicle.

What are the benefits of a plug-in hybrid car?

  • One of the main benefits of having a plug-in hybrid car is that they’re good for the environment due to emitting lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy than their petrol and diesel counterparts.
  • You will be able to do shorter journeys using all or mostly all-electric power as long as you recharge in between journeys. Mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids are more popular than BEV’s because they take away that anxiety of running out of range suddenly.
  • For faster speeds, the conventional petrol engine will take over to prevent the power required from draining the battery too quickly.
  • Electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel, so when your car is running on battery power it will cost you less than what it would in a combustion-engine car.
  • Charge your car at home – one of the selling points for a plug-in hybrid is that you can charge your car at home.
  • Plug-in electric hybrid cars will also have lower road tax compared to those cars with an internal combustion engine.

What plug-In hybrid models are available at Donnelly Group?

Thinking of making the switch to a plug-in hybrid? Check out the range of PHEV’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 mild-hybrid electric vehicle range!