The future of Ford is electrifying. In their drive towards Electrification, Ford plan to release 14 hybrid & electric vehicles by the end of 2022. They began in 2019 with the Ford Mondeo Hybrid, rolling out a range of everyday, low emission vehicles that are either supported by or solely powered by electric power.
When shopping around, you’ll find four types of electric engines: Mild Hybrid (MHEV), Hybrid (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and All Electric (BEV). Each engine covers different distances on pure electric; that means some are ideal for running errands and grabbing groceries, while others are suited for longer daily commutes or even road trips.
Each vehicle has its own benefits, with different storage capabilities, assistive technologies, and charging abilities. So, finding the right one to suit your needs and lifestyle is of the utmost importance!
Mild Hybrid (MHEV)
The Mild Hybrid (MHEV) has a small electrical motor that helps improve efficiency. It’s merely there to assist the conventional engine, not power the entire vehicle and thus cannot drive on electric energy alone. Both the HEV and MHEV electric motors can be recharged in one of two ways: one, through regenerative braking, and two, through the conventional engine.
The New Ford Puma is a prime example of the MHEV’s capabilities. A six-time winner of the International Engine of the Year Award, the EcoBoost petrol engine is supported by a 48-volt battery, allowing it to produce less CO2 emissions than a conventional petrol engine.
The classic electric car, HEV vehicles automatically switch between two sources of power, conventional combustion and pure electric. It can use both as needed, with pure electric driving suitable for short distances. To make the whole system more efficient, regenerative braking captures up to 90% of the energy normally lost through friction braking, allowing you to charge your engine on the go.
One example of a Hybrid vehicle is the Ford Mondeo Hybrid. Delivering the best of both worlds, the Mondeo encourages recharging by regenerative braking, making it a convenient, cost effective option.
Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
The Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) has a higher voltage battery, allowing you to drive longer distances on all electric. The PHEV can be charged from an external electricity supply, an added bonus from the traditional hybrid. It’s ideal for zero-emission electric driving for 30 miles and the manual switch allows you to conserve battery life for longer journeys.
The All-New Ford Kuga is the perfect big city Plug-in Hybrid. Capable of driving up to 31 miles on electric alone, the All-New Kuga has everything you need for modern driving. With a refined, contemporary exterior and versatile interior, this is the ideal hybrid for families and people eligible for our motability scheme.
All Electric (BEV)
Like the name states, BEV vehicles run exclusively on battery power, delivering a zero emission driving experience. This fully electric powered engine can drive up to 300 miles before needing to be recharged; that’s 10x further than the Plug-in Hybrid. Public charging stations only take 20 minute to charge the battery to 80%, or there’s the option to install a Wallbox charging station at home for easy overnight charging.
For the perfect All-Electric car, look no further than the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Surpassing expectations with its 370 mile driving distance, the Mach-E combines low emission driving with front and rear axle motors capable of combating any environment. It’s sleek, smooth, and spacious.
To test drive the latest electric vehicles, contact our Pye Motors team at our Kendal and Barrow dealerships. For more details, visit our Hybrid & Electric page.