Electric and Hybrid Options Explained

 

 

Mild Hybrid (MHEV)

A small-Electric motor that helps improve efficiency. Mild Hybrid vehicles have two sources of power that work together – a conventional engine and a battery-driven electric motor. The electric motor does not power the car. It simply assists it. There is no need to plug-in a Mild Hybrid vehicle.

Hybrid (HEV)

A seamless blend of conventional and electric power. Hybrid vehicles have two sources of power. They can automatically switch between conventional mode, pure electric mode (for short distances) or use both to power the vehicle as needed. There is no need to plug-in a Hybrid Electric vehicle.

Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

Plug In. Charge up. Improve Efficiency. Plug-in Hybrids have the two sources of power like a Hybrid, but with a larger high voltage battery, enabling you to drive longer distances on All-Electric power. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) have 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.

All-Electric (BEV)

100% Electric. Just charge it up and go. All-Electric cars are powered by electricity alone. This means they have to be charged before you can drive.

 

A few of the most frequently asked questions below...

 

How do I find a charging point?

You will simply be able to use the FordPass app or your vehicle navigation system. Both will show you the exact locations, availability and cost of different charging stations. If you are on a journey, both the app and navigation will find chargers along your route and update your ETA to include charge times. You are also able to find out where your nearest electric charging point is on a feature called ‘Map your Trips’ on the Ford website, where you can also plan a route to include charging points along the way, and then send it to your vehicle navigation system.

 

How can I charge my electric car at home?

Electric vehicle owners typically do 90% of their charging at home. And it’s likely to be the cheapest option, unless your employer offers free charging at workWith a Ford Connected Wallbox installed at home, you can plug your electric car in overnight, just like your phone and could get yourself close to a full charge in the morning. With our specialist partners, we can assist you with the installation (at additional cost). More details on the Ford Connected Wallbox will be coming in spring 2020. You can also charge slower using your standard equipment Ford Varipower Home Charge Cable in a normal household socket, or in a higher power industrial socket.

How do I get a better range in Winter?

Batteries have an optimal operating temperature, and they heat and cool themselves to achieve it. They have to power everything that you switch on, so everything you do to reduce the power needed will improve your range. There are many ways you can help to maximise the range of your electric car during cold weather :- Pre-heat your car while it’s charging, before you leave, use the heated seats and steering wheel rather than heat up the entire cabin, drive economically – a steady speed that isn’t high, with gentle acceleration and braking, and maximise the power recovered through regenerative braking by braking gradually when possible.

Why are Ford making electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles are not only a necessary next step towards making the future of driving CO2 neutral, they also have their own new, exciting characteristics.. Ford's plan for electrification is simple. We’re taking the things people already love about Ford: capability, performance and technology, and transforming them through the unique qualities of electric vehicles.

Additional FAQs are also available here on the Ford website.