Ford announced last month that it plans for all cars sold in Europe to be fully electric by 2030, following on from it’s earlier promise that all passenger cars in Europe will be ‘zero-emissions capable all-electric or plug-in hybrid’ by mid 2026.
Many of Ford’s current core range already have hybrid models and the same can be said of the commercial side of the business too. The terminology can be confusing though and Ford have recently addressed this with a change to their naming protocols.
So if you’re looking to switch to an electric vehicle, perhaps with a new 21 plate, we’ve put together a jargon buster so you know which recharges itself and which comes with a cable and a plug.
MHEV - Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Powered by a conventional engine only with a small electrical motor that helps improve efficiency. It therefore cannot drive on electric energy only.
FHEV - Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Runs on just the combustion engine (i.e. diesel/petrol), the electric engine (i.e. power from batteries), or a combination. A full hybrid is not plugged in to recharge; the battery is recharged by running the combustion engine.
PHEV - Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Benefits from a higher voltage battery, allowing longer journeys on all-electric power.
As the name suggests the vehicle has a plug in option so it can be charged from an external electricity supply. Perfect for zero-emission electric driving with a range of 30 miles, with manual switch allowing conservation of battery life for longer journeys.
BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle
Exclusively runs on battery power, delivering zero emissions while driving with up to a 300 mile range before needing to be recharged; that’s 10x further than the Plug-in Hybrid. A 20 minute connection to a public charging station will charge the battery to 80%, or there’s the option to install a Wallbox charging station at home for easy overnight charging.
Still nervous of making a change to a Plug In or Battery Electric Vehicle?
Recent statistics from the Department of Transport report that the South Lakeland area is above average when it comes to public charging stations, with 73 per 100,000 residents compared to the UK average of just 31. The Government is also releasing £20million to local authorities in an effort to boost the numbers ahead of the planned ban on diesel and petrol cars in 2030. So coverage is better than you think particularly in our region.
Ready to make the switch?
The Pye team can advise which option will be best for your specific needs and will be happy to discuss via phone, email or by messaging via our website. Take a look at the options available on our website.