Vauxhall Electric and Hybrid Cars Explained

    Mild Hybrid A mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) is driven by a combustion engine, electric motor and battery. In the case of an MHEV, the electric motor (which is powered by the battery), assists the combustion engine during acceleration and cruising – it can’t power the car in its own right. An MHEV’s battery is self-charging.
    Hybrid Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) feature a combustion engine and an electric motor, which is powered by a battery. The term ‘hybrid’ includes mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs) and full hybrid electric vehicles (FHEVs), which are typically more affordable to run and produce slightly fewer emissions than their petrol/diesel counterparts. An MHEV can’t run purely on electric power, while an FHEV can run on electricity for a limited amount of time, at low speeds. All HEVs are self-charging.
    Plug-in hybrid Currently, all of Vauxhall’s hybrid vehicles fall within the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) category, which is good news. That’s because PHEVs are fitted with a combustion engine and a higher capacity battery, which allows enhanced all-electric range. Consequently, a PHEV delivers more miles per gallon than a regular car while producing significantly fewer CO2 emissions. Unlike an HEV, a PHEV’s battery requires external charging, which can be done at home, at work or at a public charging station.
    Electric Electric vehicles (EVs) are by far the most efficient motoring option. They’re powered solely by electricity (with the aid of a battery), which makes them cheaper to run and entirely carbon neutral. As with a PHEV, an EV’s battery requires manual charging.


    Alongside benefits such as quieter motoring and lower Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), there are several advantages to owning a PHEV or EV. Here are some examples:

    Government incentive - With some low-emissions vehicles are eligible for a government grant, and subsidies to help with the cost of installing a home charging unit, it’s more affordable than you think to go electric. EVs are also exempt from city congestion charges.
    Low running costs - EVs are the most affordable kind of car to run thanks to electricity prices and fewer moving parts, which means lower maintenance costs. PHEVs and HEVs are also cheaper to run than petrol/diesel equivalents.
    Environmental benefits - EVs are ultra-eco-friendly since they produce zero CO2 and NOx emissions. While not quite so green, PHEVs are substantially better for the environment than petrol and diesel cars.
    Choosing the Vehicle to Suit You. Your Vehicles. Your Way. Anywhere. With our range of high-efficiency and low-emission (and even zero-emission) Vauxhall vehicles, you’ll have no problems finding the one that perfectly meets your every motoring requirement.

    Electric vehicles for businesses

    Choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle for your business makes perfect sense. Not only are they better for the environment, they also come with a host of benefits. They’re cost-efficient, easy to maintain and boost your green credentials.

    Key benefits include

    • EVs are easier to maintain and cheaper to run
    • Reduced tax liabilities
    • No congestion charges for EVs
    • Lower taxation on PHEVs – and especially on EVs
    • Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax relief

    Electric vehicles explained

    Electric vehicles are powered by an electric motor, which in turn is powered by a high-capacity battery. As ultra-efficient vehicles that produce zero CO2 emissions, they’re affordable and carbon neutral. An EV’s battery needs to be charged using and electrical source, and with thousands of charging points across the UK, that’s simple.