Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles - PHEV

What is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)?

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) combines the power of an electric motor with either a petrol or diesel internal combustion engine (ICE). These vehicles can operate using pure electric power for a distance of approximately 20 to 50 miles, emitting no pollutants from the exhaust.

Once the electric-only range is used up, the PHEV switches to functioning like a full hybrid, employing an intelligent hybrid system. The ICE engages as needed. To recharge the battery and restore the electric driving capacity, PHEVs must be connected to a household electrical outlet or a designated charging station.

If you're looking for an electrified driving experience while retaining the assurance of an internal combustion engine, a PHEV might be of interest.

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How do plug-in hybrid cars and vans work?

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) operate through a battery charged by an internal combustion engine. The electric motor serves as a generator, capturing energy typically lost during braking to replenish the battery.

Similar to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), PHEVs require connection to a power source for a full battery charge. The duration of charging varies based on the vehicle model and battery size.

Most plug-in hybrids can cover a purely electric range of approximately 20 to 50 miles, suitable for short trips. After the battery charge is depleted, the internal combustion engine seamlessly takes over, ensuring a smooth continuation of your journey without any hassle.

Benefits of buying a plug-in hybrid vehicle

Smooth Driving Experience

With the ability to operate on EV mode, PHEVs are seamless and quiet on the road

Home Charging

You can conveniently charge plug-in hybrid vehicles from the comfort of your home.


Short journeys can be completed in all-electric mode, making PHEVs more affordable to run.


Drivers can benefit from a reduced carbon footprint thanks to lower emissions.

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Charging Your Car

Discover how and where you can charge your electrified car to make EV ownership straightforward

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Plug-In Hybrid models from our manufacturers

Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid draws on more than 25 years of Toyota leadership in hybrid powertrain technology. With a 2.5 litre petrol engine and the latest hybrid technology, its plug-in capabilities offer extended electric driving range.

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Lexus NX 450h+

Our Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) technology – featured in the Lexus NX 450h+ – combines Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid performance with Electric Vehicle (EV) capability to give you outstanding refinement, electric range and efficiency in both EV and hybrid modes.

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Peugeot 408 Plug-In Hybrid

Peugeot Plug-in Hybrids offer you the best of both worlds, with the added benefit of connected technology, luxurious interior and sensational driving on top of increased efficiency compared to petrol/diesel options.

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Mazda CX-60

The all-new Mazda CX-60 is Mazda's first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and as with all Mazda's, great design, Japanese craftmanship and new technologies create a fantastic experience for the driver and their passengers.

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