Hybrid Cars: Everything you need to know

You may have heard the term plug-in hybrid and got confused. There are many different types of hybrid cars you can get, but the most common two are regular hybrids and plugins. So what is the difference between the two?


Regular Hybrids

A standard hybrid vehicle draws its power from the electric motor and when the driver increases the cars speed the hybrid will switch to its internal combustion engine. If the car needs more power, for example, to go up a steep hill, the car will draw from both power sources. The primary fuel source for these vehicles is still petrol or diesel, however the amount of fuel required is notable less relative to conventional fuelled cars. This is due to the electric motor uses regenerative braking to collect the energy and store it in the onboard batteries. This energy is then used to provide power to the electric motor.


Plug-in hybrids

This type of hybrid can be plugged into an electric outlet to recharge their batteries as well as being charged on the move. They are the halfway house between conventional hybrids and fully electric vehicles. They have a traditional engine, but also have larger batteries than regular hybrids and can drive longer distances on electric power alone.



Some of the best hybrid cars that Tates offers


Kia Optima plug-in


The Optima marks the introduction of Kia’s first Plug-in Hybrid. Delivering a striking combination of hybrid technology and a stylish exterior look, the Optima Plug-in hybrid is both efficient and attractive. As an eco-friendly hybrid, it’s low on fuel and emissions but high on style. The ‘PHEV’ is available in a 2.0-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDi) petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission which is mated to a 9.8 kWh battery.

Ioniq Hybrid


The Hyundai Ioniq is available in either hybrid and plug-in hybrid. It is a good looking car with a sophisticated exterior and has many features that can help make your drives smoother. Hill start assist and Electronic stability control help you to maintain a steady ride, while lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and parking sensors all help prevent a collision. 

Both the hybrid and plug-in have a 1.6-litre engine and an electric motor. The plugin allows you to drive using the electric motor solely for 31 miles, perfect for the daily commute, while the engine will keep you going on longer journeys. 

Kia Niro hybrid


The Kia Niro was the first hybrid car to be sold by the manufacturer. The Niro is a hugely accomplished crossover SUV, which delivers not only on fuel efficiency and low environmental impact but also on looks, performance and the latest driver-convenience technology. It has a 1.6-litre engine, working in conjunction with a 32kW electric motor and has a range of technology that can help your drives go smoothly, such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive smart cruise control.


Some Future Models To Look Out For


DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 4x4 


In 2019, the DS 7 Crossback will be launched with the E-TENSE 4x4 plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Different modes are available, and these are Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) which is 100% electric, the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) which is petrol or electric for long distances without recharging, the SPORT which offers combined petrol and electric power with four-wheel drive. 

Citroen C5 Aircross


The C5 Aircross is the first Citroen vehicle to feature the plug-in hybrid option, bringing fantastic dynamic performances. This hybrid drivetrain will comprise a 200hp petrol engine and two electric motors and will develop a total output of 300hp. Four modes of operation will be available: ‘All-electric’, ‘Hybrid’ for long distances without charging, ‘Combined’ and ‘4x4’.

If you want to know more about hybrid cars and what models Tates offers, come down to one of our showrooms where a salesperson can discuss this further with you!