Plug-in Hybrid vs Electric: What’s the Difference?

As an increasing number of people are choosing to invest in electric vehicles, so too are the range of options available. Just 10 years ago, the number of electric vehicles (EVs), including plug-in hybrids, registered in the UK was as low as 2,254. Fast forward to 2022, where there are an estimated 450,000 electric cars on the road and over 775,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). These numbers are only set to increase further as these vehicles become even cheaper and more convenient to charge, the latter of which we at EV Smart Charging are committed to doing across Staffordshire. But what’s the difference between EVs and PHEVs? Here, we list the key facts about both types of vehicles, to help you determine which is best for your personal or workplace use.

Plug-in Hybrids

A cross between a typical fossil fuel powered car and an electric vehicle, as the name ‘hybrid’ suggests, PHEVs use batteries to power a motor as well as having a petrol or diesel back engine. The battery can be either recharged at home or using any public smart charging system. The option of a plug-in hybrid may be attractive to some as it offers the familiarity of a petrol engine, with the advantages of having the lower running costs and environmental benefits of a charge up battery.

However, although PHEVs are currently the most popular form of electric vehicle in the UK, advancements in the batteries of 100% EVs, and in charging point infrastructure, means that they may eventually be phased out in favour of pure electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicles

In recent years, electric vehicles have become the must-have option for those who wish to be climate conscious, as well as those looking for a car with a lower running cost than a petrol or diesel engine vehicle. EVs feature a solely electric motor powered by a battery pack, which can be recharged using a range of high-tech charging points either at home or out on the roads. Here at EV Smart Charging, we are committed to making it even easier for owners of these vehicles in Staffordshire to charge their cars conveniently and rapidly.

As the ending of new petrol and diesel vehicle manufacturing in 2030 rapidly approaches, luckily there are now a huge range of EVs that are available to purchase. The network of smart charging stations across the UK is increasingly growing, which we are extremely proud to be a part of building here at EV Smart Charging Solutions.

Should you choose to invest in either an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid, at EV Smart Charging Solutions, we can work with you to create a bespoke installation at either your home or workplace.

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For more information about our EV charging installations for your household or workplace, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the EV Smart Charging team on 01782 595600 or