How Do Plug-In Hybrid Cars Work?
Looking for the best of both driving worlds? Well look no further. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (also known as PHEVs) give you exactly that, bridging the gap between your classic petrol-powered and all-electric car. You can forget the fuel for a while and drive on pure battery power with zero driving emissions, before switching to your combustion engine for those longer distances.
Let’s have a look at precisely how PHEVs work, and why choosing one can be a smart choice for both the planet and your pocket.
HOW DO PLUG-IN HYBRIDS WORK?
It’s simple really. Plug-in hybrids are run by two power sources: a conventional fuel-powered engine and an electric motor that’s driven by a battery.
The battery can be plugged in (hence the name) and charged up either at home or a public charging station. That way, you can drive in pure electric mode for those shorter trips, errands or when nipping around the city. Then, when the battery level starts to drop, the combustion engine will kick in and seamlessly take over – running exactly as your usual fuel-powered car would.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, plug-in hybrids also feature Regenerative Braking – a handy system that converts the kinetic energy created from braking and decelerating into electrical energy, which is then passed back to the battery to charge it!