What are the different types of hybrid car?
Short electric range
Extended electric range
How far can each type of hybrid travel on electric power?
Electric range: 0 miles
Fuel engine is the main source of power. Electric motor supports the engine and is typically used for coasting, braking and to assist in pulling away. The battery is charged by the engine and the car cannot be plugged in. Mild hybrids cannot really drive on electric power alone.
Models include: Honda Accord Hybrid
Electric range: 1 - 2 miles
A standard hybrid (HEV) runs mostly on its engine (i.e. diesel/petrol), but can run on just the electric motor or a combination of both. A hybrid's battery is charged from the engine and cannot be plugged in.
Models include: Toyota Prius
Electric range: 28 miles
A plug-in hybrid has a larger battery that can let it run for multiple miles, allowing whole journeys to be done just on electric power. It has the same abilities you get from mild and standard hybrids but with the added benefit of being able to run for miles on electric power alone.
Models include: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Outlander Plug-in hybrid
What’s the best hybrid?
We’re biased of course, but we do believe that the Outlander PHEV is the best hybrid available in the UK… it’s certainly the best-selling.
With legendary Mitsubishi reliability, an EV range of 28 miles, and an all-terrain 4WD system to handle any weather, you might just think it’s the best too.