Hyundai Electric and Hybrid Cars Explained

Mild Hybrid A mild hybrid vehicle (MHEV) has a combustion, supported by an electric motor which is powered by a small battery. An MHEV cannot run on electric alone; the motor simply provides extra torque and power. An MHEV’s battery is self-charging meaning you don’t have to plug the car in at all.
Hybrid A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) features a combustion engine and an electric motor, which is powered by a battery. A hybrid car’s electric motor merely assists the engine, providing instant torque and boosts of power where necessary. HEVs are more efficient and emit less CO2 than petrol and diesel alternatives. A hybrid vehicle is self-charging, which means the battery is charged by the engine, and no power source is required.
Plug-in hybrid A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) also features a combustion engine, an electric motor (sometimes two) and a battery. However, unlike an HEV, a PHEV can travel using electric-only power. This is referred to as ‘electric range’ or simply ‘range’. PHEVs are considerably more cost-effective to run, and produce much lower emissions than petrol and diesel equivalents. The battery for a PHEV requires manual charging from an external source.
Electric An electric vehicle (EV) features an electric motor and a high-capacity battery, which requires external charging. EVs represent the most efficient form of motoring – and produce zero CO2 and NOx emissions, which means they’re extremely eco-friendly.

Benefits of Owning an Electric Vehicle

EVs present many advantages. For example, they’re very quiet, thus providing a more relaxed motoring experience. They’re also exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), while PHEVs aren’t taxed as much as their petrol/diesel counterparts. Here are some more benefits…

Government incentives - Some low-emission vehicles are eligible for a government grant, and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) can help with reducing the cost of home charging. There are also exemptions from fees in clean air zones for EVs and PHEVs.
Cost-effective - An EV is cheaper to run than a petrol/diesel equivalent – and since it features fewer working parts, it’s more affordable to maintain. PHEVs and HEVs are also considered more cost-effective to run than pure petrol/diesel models.
Environmental benefits - An EV produces zero CO2 and NOx emissions, which makes it the most eco-friendly motoring option. PHEVs also produce substantially lower emissions than a regular car, while HEVs typically produce fewer emissions that their petrol or diesel equivalents.
Choosing the Vehicle to Suit You. Your Vehicles. Your Way. Anywhere. At Smiths Hyundai, we offer a fantastic choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars. This means we’ll almost certainly be able to provide you with a high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle that will perfectly suit your needs.

Electric vehicles for business

Running a successful business is no easy task. Often, it comes down to simple economics and how and where to make savings. This is why ultra-efficient electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are proving to be a positive boon to many organisations.

​Key benefits include:

  • Cheaper to run and maintain than regular cars
  • Reduced tax liabilities
  • EVs incur no congestion charges
  • Lower taxation on electricity
  • Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax relief

Electric vehicles explained

An EV is fitted with an electric motor, which is powered by a battery, which requires regular charging. Luckily, this can easily be done at home, at work and out and about. An EV produces zero CO2 and NOx emissions – and it’s much more affordable to run than a regular car. What’s more, Hyundai EVs use Bluelink connectivity, which offers remote access (via the free-to-download Hyundai Bluelink app) to charging, vehicle-location and door-locking data, among other things.