How does it all work? Electric, full hybrid, mild hybrid, e-POWER – what do all these terms mean and how do they differ from each other? Don’t worry, we’ll do our very best to keep things simple while explaining how each works and what it has to offer.

A closer look at the benefits of switching to an electric car​

Unlike a regular car, an electric vehicle (EV) isn’t powered by a petrol/diesel combustion engine. Instead, it’s installed with a 100 percent electric drivetrain, consisting of an electric motor (sometimes two motors), which is powered by a battery. The battery requires charging, which can be done at home, at work or at one of thousands of UK-wide public charging stations.

    Smooth and responsive drive Electric motors deliver instant torque, allowing rapid, super-responsive acceleration. This is because an electric drivetrain has fewer working parts than a combustion engine – and it features no gears (i.e. it lacks manual transmission). Consequently, an EV delivers a smooth, serene driving experience.
    Low maintenance, low running costs Because an electric drivetrain features few working parts, it’s less apt to go wrong and therefore requires less maintenance. Furthermore, since it’s powered by electricity, it’s much cheaper to run than a conventional diesel/petrol engine.
    Zero tailpipe emissions An EV produces no CO2 or NOx emissions, which means it’s the most eco-friendly motoring option there is. Consequently, an EV is exempt from congestion charges that are enforced by many UK cities.

    A closer look at the benefits of switching to a full hybrid car

    A full hybrid electric vehicle (FHEV, sometimes referred to simply as a ‘hybrid vehicle’) features a combustion engine and an electric motor. The latter is powered by a battery which is self-charging, which occurs with regenerative braking/cruising (i.e. no ‘manual’ charging is required).

    The Nissan Juke, for instance, is available as an FHEV (N-Connecta trim levels and higher), which means it’s more affordable to run and produces fewer emissions than its purely fuel-powered counterpart.

    With an FHEV, the combustion engine and electric motor(s) can work simultaneously or independently.

      Sustainable for your wallet The Juke FHEV features a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a self-charging battery. This combination returns up to 62.8mpg – as opposed to the 56.5mpg offered by a 1.0-litre petrol-only model.
      Sustainable for the planet The Juke FHEV produces CO2 emissions from 115g/km – compared to the 132g/km offered by a 1.0-litre petrol-engine model.

      A closer look at the benefits of switching to a mild hybrid car

      A mild hybrid vehicle (MHEV) is similar to – but not exactly the same as – an FHEV. The main difference is that its combustion engine and electric motor(s) don’t function independently; the motor is there purely to assist the engine.

      The Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan X-Trail are both available with mild-hybrid drivetrains.

        No change to your daily routine Just like an FHEV, an MHEV requires no ‘manual’ charging, which means all you need to do is top it up with fuel, just like you would with a regular car.
        Economical to run An MHEV such as the Qashqai is more affordable to run than a vehicle in its class that is powered solely by a combustion engine.
        Lower emissions An MHEV’s electric motor helps to ensure it produces fewer emissions, which means it’s kinder to the environment than a regular petrol/diesel car.

        A closer look at the benefits of switching to an e-POWER car

        Developed by Nissan, an e-POWER drivetrain consists of an electric motor, a high-output battery and a petrol engine. In the case of a conventional hybrid car, the wheels are driven by both the electric motor and the combustion engine. With e-POWER, the wheels are driven only by the electric motor, while the petrol engine charges the battery.

        The Nissan X-Trail is available now with an e-POWER drivetrain (Acenta Premium trims and higher).

          No worries about range With e-POWER, there’s no need for range anxiety; as long as you keep the engine topped up with fuel, it’s business as usual.
          Fewer refills, lower running costs With a high-output battery and electric motor doing a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’, an e-POWER petrol engine requires fewer refills, which means less money spent on fuel.
          A more relaxing way to drive Thanks to e-POWER’s advanced technology, you’ll enjoy a powerful yet serene ride, much like you would with a pure EV.

          More about us and electric​

          Here at Trenton, we’re proud to represent Nissan, Peugeot and Citroën in Hull and Grimsby. We have more than 30 years’ automotive industry experience. This, allied with our local knowledge, means that we’re perfectly placed to help private motorists and businesses alike get the most of their motoring experiences.

          With our electric and hybrid vehicles, we can help you save money – while you do your bit to help protect the environment.

          If we haven’t managed to answer all of your questions, please study our FAQs below. If you still require assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at our Hull or Grimsby branch.

          Are electric and hybrid cars better for the environment?


          Absolutely. This is especially true of electric vehicles because they’re 100-percent carbon neutral. Nevertheless, e-POWER, full hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles produce lower emissions than regular combustion-engine cars.

          How long does it take to charge an electric car?


          It depends on the make, model, the size of its battery and the way that you charge it. As an example, using a 50kW rapid-charging public connector, the Nissan LEAF’s battery goes from 20-percent full to 80-percent full in approximately 30 minutes. Conversely, charging at home using a standard three-pin (3kW) power source will take roughly 10.7 hours.

          Should I buy an electric car?


          It’s really down to what you require from your driving. That said, there are more cons than there are pros to owning an EV – for example:

          • EVs are very affordable to run and maintain
          • EVs produce zero CO2 emissions
          • Range lengths are improving all the time; for instance, with an 87kWh battery on board, the Nissan Ariya offers a maximum 329-mile range
          • EVs are quiet yet powerful (the Ariya delivers 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds)

          What is the best electric vehicle home charger?


          There are plenty of options, each offering quicker charging times than is possible with a domestic three-pin power source. Hypervolt, Zappi, Andersen and Pod Point are four of the best-regarded home-charging wallbox providers, each producing products that enable a maximum output of 7kW.

          How far can an electric car go?


          The Nissan LEAF offers a maximum 168-mile range (standard model; 40kWh battery) or maximum 239-mile range (e+ variant; 62kWh battery).

          The Nissan Ariya delivers a maximum 250-mile range (standard model; 63kWh battery) or a maximum 329-mile range (Advance trim levels and above; 87kWh battery).