Electric & Hybrid Cars

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Why choose an electric or hybrid lease

The high costs associated with buying an electric or hybrid vehicle often makes them prohibitively expensive for many people. Leasing however, offers a decidedly affordable gateway to being able to drive a green vehicle and to at the same time take advantage of the many other benefits of leasing green, including:

Electric & Hybrid Car Leasing Deals

Green car leasing can have a positive impact on the environment and your bank account. Take a look at our wide range of green car lease deals to find a new eco-friendly vehicle that will suit your needs, reduce your carbon footprint and save you a lot of money. At LeaseCar, we pride ourselves on offering fantastic eco-friendly and electric vehicles, with some of the most competitive offers on the market for you to choose from. Have a look at our website now to find out more and start your search for a new car.

Growth of Electric and Hybrid cars

Demand for electric and hybrid cars has surged recently – approximately 141,000 alternative fuel vehicles were registered in 2018, growing by over one fifth year-on-year. This is set to continue with close to 100 brand-new electric car models being launched in 2019 and early 2020 alone.

Going forward, the early part of the 2020 decade is being seen by many car industry experts as being the breakthrough years for electric and hybrid cars in terms of not only innovation and sheer choice being offered green, but also in terms of take-up by the public.

Manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Mini, Tesla, Volvo, Nissan and Porsche are all bringing out new electric and hybrid models in the coming 12-24 months, all with extended range (distance) and battery life, making brand-new green vehicles a genuinely viable option now worthy of serious consideration.

So, in summary, it’s never been a better time to make the switch to a green vehicle and benefit not only from the environmental advantages they offer but also to experience some incredibly exciting new vehicle innovations.

Electric

A fully electric vehicle has no standard combustion engine and runs purely off an electric motor, therefor producing zero emissions. It is the most environmentally friendly modern vehicle type. This also means electric vehicles are incredubly cost-effective as they require no external fuel costs. Popular electric vehicles include the NISSAN Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S.

Battery technology is a constantly improving thing with both power and range seeing the main benefits. As an example the Tesla Model S has an electric range of over 150 miles on average before it requires a charge. Of course these figures can vary but for those concerned about their carbon footprint and who want to travel shorter distances without ever having to pay refuel costs the electric car makes perfect sense.

Conventional hybrid

Hybrid vehicles offer incredibly low emissions and combine a standard engine with at least one electric motor. They generate their electricity whilst you drive using two main techniques – regenerative braking, and an electrical generator. Regenerative braking harvests heat and kinetic energy usually wasted during braking and converts it into electrical energy to be stored in the battery whereas an electrical generator runs directly off the combustion engine.

When cruising, particularly at low speeds, a hybrid will draw its power from the vehicle’s fitted electric motor. When this speed starts to increase, the hybrid will seamlessly integratee the standard combustion engine in order to accommodate the greater demand. In particular testing cicrumstances such as driving over rough terrain or up a hill the behicle will use both systems alongside each other to gain extra power and torque.

One of the biggest benefits of a hybrid vehicle is that while its main fuel source is still gasoline it requires a lot less of this than a standard combustion engine vehicle and therefore running costs are often minimal.

Plug-in Hybrid

There are a number of key differences between a standard hybrid vehicle and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). In the simplest of terms, a Plug-In Hybrid is a hybrid vehicle that needs to be plugged into a power outlet in order to charge its electric motor, as opposed to a regular (HEV) where the electricity is generated as you drive. Unlike a conventional hybrid, a PHEV is powered by electricity from the grid and will generally have a greater range on purely electric power.

Another notable difference is that instead of using the electric motor only at lower speeds, the plug-in hybrid will use the electric motor at most points until it reaches its limit or pre-determined battery state of charge (SOC). It is at this point that the vehicle’s combustion engine is designed to kick-in and supply added power to the electric motor.

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