Understanding The Difference Might Help the Planet
Electric or Hybrid

Todays Big Motoring Question

Hybrid or Full Electric?

With 2030 bringing the end of traditonal combustion engines being sold new in the UK, for many drivers consideration of an Electrified Car is becoming a realisation.

So what are the choices? Let's take a look at what the new car markets is offering us all.

The Mild Hybrid (MHEV)

The Self Charging Hybrid (HEV)

The Plug In Hybrid (PHEV)

The Full Electric (BEV)

What is a Mild hybrid?

A Mild hybrid could be the right choice for you if...
You mostly drive in the city.

The Hyundai range of mild hybrid cars use a small electric motor to provide assistance to the conventional petrol engine when required.

This makes them ideal for driving in congested stop-start traffic conditions.

What is self-charging hybrid?

In a self-charging hybrid car, an electric motor provides a boost to the engine during acceleration and can even power the car completely in certain situations such as cruising at a constant speed.

The battery gets its power from regenerative braking when the vehicle slows or from the combustion engine.

What is plug-in hybrid?

A plug-in hybrid has a larger battery that needs to be charged using an external power source such as a home charging point or public charging station.

The combination of combustion engine and large capacity battery allows you to make local journeys using mostly the electric motor for extremely low or even zero CO2 emission driving with engine providing the range for big trips.


Without plugging this type of car in they are MUCH less efficent than Self Charging Hybrids

Full Electric

Also known as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) this class of car has no reliance on Petrol or Diesel engines. Making it the cleanest way to travel.However whilst most people have an awareness of the 'Clean Air' benefits of Electric travel there are some questions that clearly need answering to fully understand how an electric car performs.


Just like Petrol cars, each electric car manufacturer conducts WLTP tests on their electric car to gauge the typical range.

The Kona EV SUV and the IONIQ 5 are available from Hyundai each with two sizes of battery. This may help when choosing the best one for you lifestyle.

Model Range
Kona Electric 39 kWh Battery 136PS Single Speed 189 Miles
Kona Electric 64 kWh Battery 204PS Single Speed 300 Miles
IONIQ 5 58 kWh 170 PS 2WD Single Speed Reduction 238 Miles
IONIQ 5 77 kWh 228 PS 2WD Single Speed Reduction (Premium Spec) 315 Miles

For Higher Mileage users the disadvantages of the low range are clear, but whatever mileage you do the first consideration needs to be your charging facility.

You will need a Home Charger System which will add some initial extra cost to your purchase but the benefit of increased flexibility will be yours.

Purchase Cost

Electric cars are generally more expensive purchases in terms of outright Retail Price. However the finance options are just as competitive as traditional cars due to strong resale values. The demand for electric cars is on on upwards trend and this is expected to increase in momentum as 2030 nears.

Another reason to perhaps look at Electric Cars differently from how you may have traditionally purchased your car is the pace of development.

We all know that electrical products have a habit of being out of date almost by the time you get them home and out of the box.

Cars may be slightly different but they too seem to be gaining more features more quickly.

This begs the question is it best to tie your money up or that of the finance company in a car that may change sooner than expected?

The new Hyundai Hybrid or Electric
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