With the February 2020 climate change targets moving the deadline for buying a petrol, diesel or hybrid car from 2040 to 2035, the idea of buying an electric car has never felt timelier. One of the biggest reasons to buy is that fully electric vehicles are better for the environment, as they emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their life than a petrol or diesel car.
With Land Rover’s release of the new 21 Model Year’s, you can find electrical performance across most of the range.
Land Rover Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV) use battery technology to cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and improve refinement – without you having to plug it in.
It’s a hybrid car which is also known as an MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Cleverly it combines Land Rover’s efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines with a powerful underfloor battery so the engine can be turned off when coasting, braking, or stationary.
At speeds below 11mph, while under braking, the engine will shut off to increase efficiency, restarting as soon as it’s needed. This technology reduces fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. These electrified powertrains are ideal for driving in congested, stop-start city traffic.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has a conventional combustion engine and a powerful electric motor which work in parallel. The electric motor is powered by a large capacity high voltage battery which can be charged externally and will be re-charged using regenerative braking and overrun during journeys. The large capacity battery enables the vehicle to run as a pure electric vehicle for up to 68km* following a full charge, which will be appropriate for most regular journeys such as commuting and school runs.
Plug-in hybrids offer many of the advantages of Electric vehicles such as refinement, low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions for short regular journeys, whilst offering the flexibility of a conventional combustion engine for longer journeys without the need to re-charge. The combination of the combustion engine and electric motor also means that the vehicle can deliver the power, torque and performance more associated with a large capacity conventional engine.
A plug-in hybrid offers many of the benefits of an electric vehicle to customers for whom a full electric vehicle would not be an appropriate choice. With electricity supplies increasingly being delivered from renewable sources, electric cars offer environmental benefits over traditional fuel-burning engines too. This is increasingly being recognised by governments around the world with the availability of a wide range of incentives to reduce purchase costs and company car taxation. This, together with the reduced running costs of an electrified vehicle, create a compelling financial case for many people, whilst operating as a conventional combustion-engine vehicle when required.