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What is a plug-in hybrid?

Niro Plug-in Hybrid

Niro Plug-in Hybrid: Compact exterior, roomy and refined interior, harmoniously blended with the best talents of a true hybrid, highly efficient engine with great fuel economy and low emissions.

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Ceed SW Plug-in Hybrid

Kia's first European-built plug-in hybrid adds an ecological dimension to the sportwagon's athletic design and spaciousness.

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XCeed Plug-in Hybrid

Enjoy miles of low-cost, all-electric driving while still having a petrol engine for those rare long distance trips. Perfect.

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How does a plug-in hybrid car work?

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) works in a similar way to a self-charging hybrid– there is a petrol engine that works with an electric motor and a battery. In a plug-in hybrid, the battery is much larger than in a self-charging hybrid. This means the car is able to travel around 30 miles on battery power alone – more than enough for the UK average daily commute – but it can also call on the petrol engine for longer trips. Like a self-charging hybrid, the battery can be charged a little while driving, but for the full benefit, you will need to plug in. Charging a PHEV should take less than three hours. Put this all together and you can enjoy miles of low-cost, all-electric driving while still having a petrol engine for those rare long distance trips. Perfect.

What are the benefits of a plug-in hybrid?

Flexibility - a plug-in hybrid is the perfect compromise if you aren't ready to go fully electric. You get around 30 miles of electric driving, which should be enough for most journeys, and have the petrol engine to fall back on for longer journeys.

Zero emissions driving - most of the driving will be done using battery power

Cheap to run - electricity is much cheaper than diesel or petrol. Your journey could cost less than a third of what it would in a combustion-engined car, when running on battery power. VED is lower for PHEV drivers and company car BIK tax is also reduced.

Charge at home - this is a major perk. An OLEV grant of £500 can help you pay for your home charger too.

Relaxing drive - PHEV's are very quiet inside when running on battery power. Acceleration is instant as the electric motor produces maximum torque at all revs.

What's it like to drive a PHEV?

Relaxing and rather fun! When running on battery power, PHEVs are very responsive, because unlike combustion engines, electric motors produce maximum torque at any rpm. Acceleration is instant.

Most charging in the UK is done at home, but if you want to top up on the go, there are more than 7,000 public charging locations in the UK.