This guide is designed to look at the benefits of the different types of hybrids to help you decide whether a hybrid is the right choice for your next vehicle or for the next addition to your fleet and if it is which kind is the best for you.
We’ve looked at the benefits of a full electric vehicle (EV) here if you would like to compare them to help you decide which is the best option for you.
There are currently three types of hybrid and these are plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), full hybrids (HEVs) which are sometimes known as self-charging hybrids, and mild hybrids (MHEVs).
PHEVs are, as the name suggests, hybrids that need to be plugged in to recharge the battery that powers their electric motor. HEVs don’t require charging instead they capture energy through regenerative braking as well as being charged by the combustion engine.
PHEVs and HEVs offer you a fully electric range though the mileage they offer varies between models. Some HEVs also only use the electric motor up to a certain speed and then switch to the combustion engine to try an optimise the electric range and maintain the vehicle’s power.
MHEVs do not have a fully electric range. Instead, they use hybrid technology to support the combustion engine through features like providing additional power when accelerating, managing the stop-start function and regenerative braking to recapture energy.
For more information on the types of hybrid vehicles and the differences between these take a look at our guide to hybrids.
As there are three different types of hybrids they each offer different benefits, which is why this guide has been broken down into four sections; the general benefits of hybrids, the benefits of PHEVs, the benefits of HEVs, and the benefits of MHEVs.
There are some general benefits that hybrids offer no matter the type you opt for, so instead of writing these out three times we’ve listed them below.
Hybrids use less fuel than a petrol or diesel engine so the cost of filling up is lower.
They emit fewer emissions than a traditional vehicle, helping to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce air and noise pollution in your local area.
As a hybrid has a combustion engine as well as the electric motor they do not have the same range anxiety that drivers have with an EV.
They also do not have the same need to be charged and so you don’t have as many charging concerns, even with a PHEV, as you would with an EV.
Lower emissions mean lower road tax. If you’re leasing then you will not need to worry about paying road tax for the vehicle but if it is a purchased vehicle then this is a good financial benefit.
Depending on the type of hybrid you opt for and that particular vehicle’s specifications then hybrids can offer much lower BIK rates. This is determined by how far the vehicle can drive on just electric power as well as the emissions it produces. If you’d like to find out more about BIK rates then you might find this article useful.
There are a number of reasons that a PHEV might be the best type of hybrid for you or your business.
As PHEVs have a rechargeable battery the battery capacity is larger, which means they have the longest electric range of hybrids available. Most offer between 20 and 30 miles before they need to switch over to the combustion engine.
A longer electric range means they will have lower BIK rates than other types of hybrids.
It also means that depending on the daily mileage you need from the vehicle and how often you’re able to charge it then you might be able to do the majority of the miles as electric ones. This means that your fuel bill will be much lower.
There are grants available of up to £350 to help with the cost of installing a home charging unit, and as an official partner of Pod Point we can help with arranging this for you.
As one of the UK’s leading charger providers Pod Point can also install charging units at your business premises and again we can help you with this.
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The main difference between HEVs and PHEVs is that you do not need to plug in a HEV to charge the battery. This means you do not need to worry about charging the vehicle at all which is one of the biggest adjustments that drivers have to make when going electric is the need to charge.
The majority of HEVs have a fully electric range so still qualify for reduced BIK rates and reduced road tax.
Vehicles with mild hybrid technology are the most similar to those with traditional combustion engines and so are less of an adjustment for drivers.
The technology for MHEVs is cheaper and easy to install to traditional vehicle chassis designs which means that the price difference between these and the equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle is much less than with other hybrids.
Benefits of Hybrids for Business Fleets
We’ve mentioned some of the benefits for businesses as well as the drivers but wanted to highlight a few of the benefits specifically for businesses.
BIK rates can be lower for hybrid vehicles which not only reduces the amount of company car tax your employee pays but also your 1A National Insurance contribution.
Hybrid vehicles have lower emissions so will help reduce your business’ carbon footprint and improve the quality of air around your business premises.
For more information on hybrid vehicles check out this guide.
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