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Types of Low-Emission Vehicles

The different types of low-emission vehicles

 
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) get 100% of their power from an electric motor. Corsa-e, Mokka-e, Vivaro-e Life and Combo-e Life are all BEVs.

 

BEVs are charged using mains power which can be found at outlets in your home, or faster charge points on public roads. BEVs have the largest range of any low-emission vehicle, with Corsa-e and Mokka-e both able to go over 200 miles on a single charge.

 

They have no petrol or diesel engine and therefore produce zero tailpipe carbon emissions.

 
Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

PHEVs, like our New Grandland Plug-in HYBRID-e and the All-new Astra Plug-in HYBRID-e are powered by a combustion engine and a battery-powered engine. The driver therefore has the flexibility to use a traditional combustion engine if they have no range available on their battery. PHEVs typically can travel between 30 and 35 miles in full electric mode.

 

Like with a BEV, the electric battery in a PHEV is charged using mains power.

Hybrid (HEV)

 

Like Plug-in Hybrid vehicles, Hybrids are powered by a combustion engine and a battery-powered engine.

 

Pure electric propulsion is possible at speeds up to 30mph, and distances up to 2 miles.

 

The electricity needed to charge the electric motor is produced by the combustion engine.

 

Mild Hybrid

Mild Hybrids are powered by a combustion engine, boosted by a small electric motor.

 

The electric motor helps the combustion engine burn less fuel and provides improved low-end torque.

 

Mild Hybrids never use electric alone.

  Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
Hybrid (HEV)
Mild Hybrid
Motor type
Electric only  Combustion engine and electric motor  Combustion engine and electric motor   Combustion engine with very little electric assistance 
Electricity supply
Battery is charged by plugging into the grid  Battery is charged by plugging into the grid  Battery is charged by the combustion engine  Battery is charged by the combustion engine 
Requires charging
Yes  Yes  No  No 
Emissions Zero tailpipe CO2 emissions Approx 35-55g/km  Approx 40-100g/km  Over 100g 
Road tax
£0  £0 to £15  Lower than petrol/diesel model equivalent  Slightly lower than petrol/diesel model equivalent