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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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).