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Plug-in vehicles also have a combustion engine that kicks in once the battery runs out of charge. It’s used to generate more electricity to recharge the battery, or drive the wheels, or a combination of both.
How much it costs you to run will depend entirely on how you use your car: if the combustion engine rarely cuts in, it’ll be super-cheap, but if you regularly need call upon petrol power, your fuel costs will climb very steeply. Plug-in hybrids don’t cost as much like-for-like as electric cars, but they’re a good bit more expensive than regular petrol or diesel cars or other types of hybrid.
You can find out more in the Electric cars vs PHEVs vs Hybrid cars advice guide.?
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- Mercedes C300de
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- Range Rover P400e
- Volkswagen Passat GTE
- Toyota Prius Plug-in
Regular hybrids are often known as ‘self-charging’, relying on the engine and energy recover to recharge. This does mean you don’t have to worry about charging it yourself but often doesn’t allow for as much electric-only driving.
This will give you around 30 miles of electric-only driving.
So if you want to make the most of the high fuel economy a plug-in hybrid can bring you need to be able to charge the car up regularly – even more so than a pure electric car. If you don’t charge the plug-in hybrid car up regularly your fuel economy could be worse than a standard petrol car (because of the extra weight the hybrid set up brings).
If all you cover is short journeys around town, switching to an EV may suit more.
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