Hybrid and Electric Options from Rates Ford
Mild Hybrid (MHEV)
Ford Mild Hybrids utilise two sources of power that work together – a conventional engine and a battery -driven electric motor. The electric motor does not power drive train directly, however it assists the engine by providing more torque at a lower speed (giving better acceleration with less delay) and reduces the fuel consumption used by features such as start/stop.
Ford Mild Hybrid engines work by collecting energy from the car through regenerative braking and when coasting which would otherwise be wasted. It is then stored in the battery and used whenever additional boost is needed or the start/stop is engaged.
The Hybrid Option is a fantastic way to reduce fuel consumption for shorter town journeys where low speed acceleration and start / stop are utilised most.
Ford Hybrid Vehicles (HEV) have an internal combustion engine, but they also have a larger battery and more powerful motor. This motor provides assistance to the engine and enables the vehicle to drive parts of short journeys at low speeds purely on electric power, improving driving range.
The battery in a Hybrid Vehicle is recharged by a combination of regenerative braking and by the engine, not from plugging into a mains power source.
Ford Hybrid transmission is fully automatic and does not come with a manual gearbox.
Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) have all the functionality of full Hybrid technology, with the added advantage that they can be charged from an external electricity supply. The larger capacity of the battery makes them capable of zero-emissions while driving for ranges of up to 34 miles, with the ability to switch to Hybrid mode to conserve battery life and to petrol or diesel-only for longer journeys.
The government offers a Plug-in Car grant of up to £3,500 off the purchase price of certain hybrid vehicles. Other benefits include car tax reductions and/or exemptions, you can also get money off installation charges if you opt for a Ford Wall-Box.
This refers to a vehicle that is 100% Electric – it has no capacity to run on any other fuel and while it may be able to gather some energy during usage it typically requires a plug-in source to be able to operate. .
Right now the only option this is available with is the New Ford Mach-E which we cannot sell directly. If you are interested in purchasing this option then please get in touch with us and we can help you manage the process by passing you to a Ford dealership who can sell them directly.
Why Go Electric?
There are many reasons to choose to upgrade to an Electric or Hybrid vehicle from Rates Ford. The Ford range is soon expanding to encompass a wide range of hybrid and electric options because they offer two key benefits over pure petrol or diesel engines.
- Lower Running Costs
Compared to the price of petrol and diesel, an All-Electric vehicle will cost, on average, two thirds less than conventionally fuelled engines on a cost per mile basis. Plug-In Hybrid and Mild Hybrid Options also offer significant reductions in running costs
For a rough guide as to the running cost of different types of engine, see below:
Petrol Car: 10-14p per mile.
Diesel Car: 8-14p per mile.
Mild Hybrid: 7-9p per mile.
Plug-in Hybrid: 4-7p per mile.
Full Electric: 3-8p per mile (depending on charge location).
- Environmental Benefits
Aside from the benefits in terms of cost savings, another advantage of choosing a hybrid or electric car over a petrol of diesel vehicle is the reduced impact on the environment.
Plug-In Hybrid and All-Electric vehicles in particular have significantly lower CO2 and NOx emissions, which helps to reduce air pollution, especially in urban areas.
Servicing and Maintenance Costs for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Servicing and maintenance costs depend on the vehicle and the type of hybrid powertrain it uses, to find out more about the cost of servicing for your Ford hybrid or electric car, contact us today.
Did you Know?
Vehicles that emit no more than 75g/km of Co2 and have a minimum 20 mile zero emission capable range also qualify for the 100% cleaner vehicle discount on the congestion charge in London.
Considering a Hybrid or Electric Option?
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