Plug-in hybrids combine petrol, diesel or alternative fueled engines with a battery and electric motor. Plugging into the mains electricity, allows for a longer range of electric-only power. The batteries have a greater storage capacity than an existing hybrid. Good for commuting, and short journeys as when in electric mode there are zero tailpipe emissions.
- zero emission when driving on batteries
- fuel efficient in traffic
- easy to drive
- cheap to run if doing regular 10/15 mile commutes
- tax efficient
- relatively expensive
- fuel economy not very good on motorway journeys
- complex to maintain
- battery life concerns
- embedded energy used in battery manufacturing
- resale value uncertainty
See cost per mile calculations
Compare the annual running costs of plug-in hybrids to conventional diesel and petrol cars.