Types of Electric/Hybrid Cars Explained

e-POWER A hybrid car’s wheels are driven by both a combustion engine and an electric motor. However, with an e-POWER vehicle, the combustion engine is not connected to the wheels. Instead, it’s there to charge the battery – and there’s no need for external charging. The e-POWER system is exclusive to Nissan.
Mild Hybrid A mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) features a combustion engine that is supported by an electric motor, which is powered by a small battery. An MHEV can’t run on electric power alone; the motor merely provides extra torque and power boosts. An MHEV’s battery is self-charging, which means you don’t have to plug the car in.
Hybrid A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) – sometimes referred to as full hybrid vehicle – features the same set-up as an MHEV, only with a higher capacity battery. This enables very short-term electric-only motoring, usually at low speeds, which makes an HEV particularly useful in town. An HEV’s battery is also self-charging.
100% Electric An electric vehicle (EV) runs solely on electric power. It produces zero CO2 emissions and is more affordable to run than a regular (or even hybrid) car. An EV’s battery requires regular manual charging from an electrical source, either at home, at work or out and about.

Benefits of Owning an Electric Vehicle

EVs, in particular, offer plenty of advantages for the modern motorist, such as a quiet drivetrain, which helps provide a relaxing driving experience. EVs are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) too. Here are some other benefits…

Government incentives - Some low-emission vehicles are eligible for a government grant, while the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) can help minimise the cost of home charging. All-electric vehicles are also exempt from clean air zone charges, which are enforced by many cities.
Low running costs - Not only is it cheaper to charge an EV’s battery with electricity than it is to top-up a combustion engine with fuel, you’ll also enjoy lower maintenance costs. Due to the addition of electric technology, MHEVs, HEVs and e-POWER vehicles are usually more affordable to run than regular cars too.
Environmental benefits - EVs produce no CO2 emissions whatsoever, making them the greenest motoring option. MHEVs, HEVs and e-POWER vehicles produce fewer emissions than purely petrol/diesel-driven cars, helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Choosing the Vehicle to Suit You. Nissan vehicles offer enhanced efficiency while producing lower – or even zero – emissions.
With our range of low/zero-emissions cars that offer enhanced efficiency while delivering all the power you require, we’re certain we can match you with your ideal Nissan vehicle.

Here at Smiths Nissan, each of our cars (and one of our vans) offers you the chance to enjoy cost-effective motoring which is kinder to the environment. Click through our range to find the vehicle that most interests you – and please don’t hesitate to book your test drive.

Electric Vehicles for Businesses

Electric and hybrid vehicles allow all kinds of businesses to make greater efficiencies while simultaneously promoting an eco-friendly image. Furthermore, employees have the opportunity to enjoy extra perks, such as Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax relief.

Key Benefits Include

  • Cheaper to run than regular vehicles
  • EVs feature fewer working parts and therefore require less maintenance
  • Reduced tax liabilities
  • EVs incur no congestion charges
  • Lower taxation on electricity
  • Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax relief.

Electric Vehicles Explained

To sum up: an EV features a streamlined drivetrain, consisting of an electric motor (sometimes two), which is powered by a high-capacity battery that requires external charging. EVs are very cost-effective to run and since they produce zero CO 2 and NOx emissions, they’re completely carbon neutral.