Which products have made it into the Honest John Kit gift guides for Christmas 2019? You'll be surprised... | No thanks
Ask a Question

Can you explain whether a PHEV or a self-charging hybrid would be better suited to my driving?

I'm looking at changing my diesel car for a plug-in hybrid or a self-charging hybrid. Could you explain the difference between the two systems and whether one is better than the other? I'm looking at a Toyota Rav4 and a Honda CR-V.

Asked on by

A self-charging hybrid uses the engine to charge its (much smaller) battery, as well as recuperating energy normally lost during braking. It can only travel for a very short distance (a few miles maximum) under electric power, but the hybrid system works with the engine to provide greater efficiency. A plug-in hybrid can be charged at home and will travel much further (20-30 miles generally) under electric power meaning it won't, in theory, use any petrol for short journeys. This is better if you cover lots of short journeys and can charge a car at home - although it's more hassle than a self-charging hybrid, and once the battery's flat it's lugging around a lot of weight in batteries which will impact fuel economy. This page might be useful: www.honestjohn.co.uk/should-i-buy-a-phev-or-hybrid
Similar questions
I want to upgrade my diesel BMW X3 to an automatic petrol hybrid, what would you recommend?
What hybrid car would you suggest for a family of four with three people above 6 feet tall and one just over 6ft 6?
What reasonably priced hybrid cars can tow up to 750kg?
Related models
Excellent Hybrid model is the pick of the range. High quality and well finished interior. Usefully large boot. Very comfortable ride.
Efficient hybrid crossover available with two- or four-wheel drive. Spacious and robust interior. Very quiet and refined to drive.
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car