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:

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Self-charging hybrid

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

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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

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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

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Hydrogen fuel cell

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

WAYS TO CHARGE

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

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Slow

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.

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Fast

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.

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Rapid

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

MAXIMISING YOUR RANGE

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:

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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Outside temperature

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

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* 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