Electric Cars Charging & Range

With our drive towards a lower emission future, we’ve created a simple guide to help you manage your range and show what charging options you have for your new plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

The Basics

We now offer 4 different types of electrified engines, each with different charging and range characteristics:


Self-charging hybrid

Such as our Yaris Hybrid Charging: none required, self-charging battery
Range: determined by fuel, not battery capacity


Plug-in hybrid

Such as our RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid Charging: home socket or wall box & fast public charger
Range: up to 46* miles on battery alone but will use the petrol engine to recharge the battery on the move


Battery electric

Such as our Proace Electric van Charging: home socket or wall box & fast or rapid public charger
Range: up to 205* miles on a single charge


Hydrogen fuel cell

Such as our Mirai Charging: none required, powered by hydrogen
Range: up to 400^ miles on a full tank of hydrogen


With plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles, there are a few ways to recharge your vehicle:



For: Plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles
Available through either a normal wall socket at home, or public 3 - 6kW chargers found in places such as car parks and hotels.



For: Plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles
Much faster than a normal plug, these wall-boxes can be installed at home or found in many public and workplace car parks.



For: Battery electric vehicles
The fastest way to charge your battery electric vehicle. There are over 3000 public rapid charge points which can charge a 75kw battery to 80% charge in 48 minutes.

Installing a home charger


Whether you’re driving a self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle, there are some simple things to consider when managing your range:


Tracking your driving

Our hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles all come with continuously updating guidance about how far you can travel on your remaining energy.


‘Eco’ mode and electronics

As with most vehicles now, activating ‘Eco’ mode will prioritise economy over performance to enhance range. To maximise your range with battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, you can set your air conditioning whilst still plugged in.


Where and how you drive

Just like a petrol or diesel, where and how you drive can affect your total range. You will be able to travel more miles on a charge with smoother driving or on the motorway, compared to city driving with lots of stopping and starting.


Outside temperature

Be aware that the weather can affect the range of your vehicle and it may need charging more often in cold temperatures.


* Electric range figures are provided for comparability purposes; only compare electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results. Electric range can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, including the accessories fitted (post-registration), driving style, conditions, speed and vehicle load.

^ WLTP Estimate