The engine and motors in hybrids
We look at the engines and motors
What’s the difference between an EV, hybrid and a PHEV?
Electric motor only
An electric vehicle (EV) is powered only by an electric motor. Because it runs on electric power, it's better for the environment and your wallet. The battery must be charged from an external power supply.
A HYBRID VEHICLE
Electric motor and petrol engine
A hybrid has both a petrol engine and an electric motor. The electric motor starts the vehicle off, then the petrol engine takes over. This improves fuel efficiency and reduces running costs. The battery charges when the vehicle is in motion.
A PLUG-IN HYBRID
More powerful electric motor and petrol engine
A plug-in hybrid electric Vehicle (PHEV) tends to have a smaller petrol engine and a more powerful electric motor. This makes it fuel-efficient and better for the environment. The battery can be charged by the car or external power supply.
Learn when the engine takes over from the motor in a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid
A hybrid engine
A plug-in hybrid engine
Did you know a plug-in hybrid could make motoring more economical because you can run it on electric power more often – so you'll use hardly any fuel.
RUNNING ON FUEL
Can hybrid cars run on fuel only?
MANUAL GEAR BOX
Can you get manual hybrid cars?
Can hybrid cars tow?
Did you know, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can tow up to 1600kg. Making those bank holiday weekends simple.