Electric cars and hybrid vehicles are gaining significant traction in the automotive world, a trend expected to persist until the ban on new petrol and diesel cars in 2030. If you're contemplating a transition to electric vehicles for your FLEXXiLease experience, it's crucial to understand which type suits your needs best.
A mild-hybrid serves as a fantastic entry point into the realm of electric vehicles. These vehicles incorporate a lighter form of hybrid technology, typically a 48-volt system, replacing traditional components with a small electric generator.
Pros: Affordable and practical, mild-hybrids offer modest performance enhancements and contribute to fuel savings, typically around 10% compared to traditional vehicles. Their seamless operation ensures a smooth drive.
Cons: Mild hybrids represent a less radical shift towards electrification, offering relatively modest benefits. Moreover, their engine-off feature is often limited to coasting situations.
Conventional hybrids, often dubbed 'self-charging' hybrids, combine a petrol engine with one or more electric motors, drawing power from a small battery charged through engine operation or regenerative braking.
Pros: Hybrids excel in fuel efficiency, especially in urban settings, achieving over 70 miles per gallon in some models. They predominantly run on electricity during city driving, covering approximately 80% of the time.
Cons: While hybrids offer commendable efficiency in urban settings, they may not outperform petrol or diesel vehicles on motorways due to their reliance on multiple power sources.
For Flexxilease customers desiring the electric capabilities of an EV with the convenience of a petrol vehicle, plug-in hybrids are an ideal choice. They function similarly to regular hybrids but come equipped with larger batteries that require external charging.
Pros: Regular charging can result in substantial fuel savings, especially during off-peak hours or when using free workplace charging. Plug-in hybrids boast lower CO2 emissions and reduced company car tax. For longer journeys, the worry of recharging is eliminated.
Cons: Irregular charging can reduce their efficiency, potentially making them costlier to operate. Additionally, plug-in hybrids often entail a higher initial cost compared to standard petrol models.
Fully electric cars, available in various models, from compact cars to larger vans, offer zero tailpipe emissions and cost-effective options.
Pros: Electric cars align with environmental values, producing zero emissions during operation. Lower operational costs are possible, especially if charged at home during off-peak hours. They deliver a smooth and often faster driving experience compared to traditional vehicles.
Cons: While public charging infrastructure is improving across the UK, challenges may still exist in some areas. Fully electric cars tend to have a higher upfront cost, but over time, their depreciation can make them cost-competitive with traditional vehicles.
You can lease an EV from FLEXXiLease for as little as three months, giving you long enough to decide if it’s right for you. We are the UK’s leading short term car leasing company offering fast nationwide delivery for a large selection of vehicles. Contact us to get started with a short-term lease. Embrace the future of transportation with FLEXXiLease, where eco-conscious driving meets convenience and flexibility.