Self Charging Hybrids
If you like the sound of reducing your emissions and want to have a gybrid but don't have access to the charging network or live in a property where you cant have a charging point installed i.e a flat then there are still options for you. This option is to go for a "Hybrid" or in fact a aSelf Charging Hybrid.
A Self charging hybrid is a vehicle that has a conventional petrol or diesel engine but at the same time this is attached to a battery pack and electric motor. The electric motor powered by the battery can be used at low speeds to power the vehicle and to add power to the engine when required at higher speeds.
The battery pack is recharged by the energy used when cruising/coasting or by the energy used when braking. This is called regenerative breaking. This self charging hybrid technology is a good allrounder for you if you want the engine at all times but want to reduce your emmissions by using the added electrical boost when pulling away or to overtake.
There are two seperate types of self charging hybrid in the marketplace as of 2021 as some manufacturers have used the hybrid technology in different ways. These are as follows:-
Full Hybrid Technology is where the battery pack and engine can work independent of each other or as a combined unit. The electric mode can be used to power the vehicle on its own for short distances normally a couple of miles and is great for around town. If the vehicle is accelerating more vigorously the engine will kick in and both will work in tandem. The battery is recharged when cruising and braking meaning that the battery always has power when needed. Full hybrid vehicles have different driving modes so you can choose how you want the battery and engine to work together depending on your journey and driving preference.
Examples of Full Hybrid Vehicles are as follows:-
Toyota Rav 4
Mild Hybrid "MHEV"
A Mild Hybrid vehicle has a battery pack much like the full or self charging hybrid vehicle, The fundamental difference is that the battery pack can only be used in conjunction with the engine. This electrical power is used to give an extra power boost when accelerating. This reduces fuel consumption and leads to reduced emissions. The battery pack cannot be used to power the vehicle alone.
Examples of MHEV Models:-
Ford Focus MHEV
Ford Fiesta MHEV
Ford Puma MHEV
Suzuki Swift MHEV