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Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Explained

The days when your only options were just a petrol or diesel engine are gone forever. With Mild Hybrid, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and All-Electric Vehicles, you're spoiled for choice. You can learn about these 'alternative fuel vehicles' (AFVs) on this page. Allen Leasing Deals, Ford, Kia and Mazda are dedicated to cleaner air for our local communities and the global environment, as demonstrated by Ford's multi-award-winning EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines, Kia's EcoDynamics technology, and Mazda's Skyactiv engineering that combine performance with efficiency and economy. Ford, Kia and Mazda have already launched hybrid and electric vehicles in the UK, so we will have a vehicle to suit you and your lifestyle. You can learn more about these below or by contacting us – our ever-helpful staff will be only too happy to answer your questions on our eco-friendly range (and if they don't know, they can easily find out). In fact, your question might already be answered in the FAQ section below or you can simply see our offers or use the 24/7 Live Chat feature in the bottom right of our website.

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A small electric motor enhances the efficiency of a conventional engine for even greater fuel economy and reduced emissions. In Mild Hybrid vehicles, the two sources of energy work together to power your engine and electrical systems (e.g. radio) in the best way. The electric motor does not power the car on its own, it just helps it. Electricity comes from regenerative braking which captures energy typically lost using the brakes and from a generator powered by the conventional engine.


For seamless switching between conventional engine power and electric power, self-charging Hybrid vehicles can choose automatically between the modes or use both to power the vehicle as needed. For example, electric energy reduces emissions at lower speeds (e.g. in traffic), whereas conventional power can cover a greater range (e.g. motorways). There's no need to plug in your vehicle to charge it. Firstly, regenerative braking recaptures energy usually wasted when using the brakes, then uses it to charge the battery. Secondly, the petrol engine powers a generator that also sends energy to the battery.

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Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles have the two sources of power like a Hybrid, but with a larger, high-voltage battery, letting you drive longer distances just using electric power. As their name suggests, the larger battery in Plug-in Hybrids can be plugged-in to charge either from mains electricity sockets, from a special dedicated 'wallbox' charger you can install at home for faster charging or from a public charging station (for even quicker charging). Once the special PHEV battery is flat, the vehicle behaves like a conventional Hybrid vehicle with the engine running when needed. On 100% charge, the range of a Plug-in Hybrid running solely on electric power is around 30 miles.

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A 100% all-electric vehicle (also sometimes known as a pure electric vehicle, battery electric vehicle (BEV) or only-electric vehicle) can simply be charged up from your mains electricity sockets, a 'wallbox' (a special dedicated charger you can install at home for quicker charging overnight) or a public charging station (for even faster charging). All-electric cars are only powered by electricity, they do not have a petrol engine, so they have to be charged before you drive. The range on a 100% charged All-Electric vehicle varies from about 100 miles on older models to around 300 miles on newer models.

Choosing The Right Hybrid or Electric Vehicle For You

Our alternative fuel vehicles have 4 different powertrains, so you can choose one to best suit your lifestyle and/or work requirements. 

Ask yourself questions, such as:

"How many miles do I drive?"

"How much traffic do I encounter?"

"Where can I charge the vehicle, if necessary?"

"How environmentally friendly do I want to be?"

"Do I drive in low emission zones that charge fees?"

To help answer any of these questions, speak to us today!


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