5 frequently asked questions about charging a hybrid vehicle?
As we all are starting to learn and hear about, hybrid cars seem to be the way the future is going to go. They reckon in 10 years diesel and petrol cars won’t exist. So now is the time to get to know the new hybrid vehicles. Different to the vehicles we use now, hybrid cars are partly run on electricity, whereas now, they are only diesel/petrol. So as hybrid cars are run on electricity, we need to charge them, as we would charge anything that runs on a battery.
So here we are going to discuss the 5 most frequently asked questions on charging a hybrid vehicle;
How do you charge a hybrid vehicle?
Let the hybrid battery recharge on its own, the battery is charged through a process called “regenerative braking” during normal driving.
Although you can recharge the battery manually if wanted.
Look to see if your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid. This type can be plugged in as a way to charge its batteries manually.
The best time to charge your hybrid battery or EV is overnight. So try to plan to put them on charge before going to bed.
Use a normal household plug to recharge the hybrid’s batteries. One of the most ideal ways to do this is to have an outlet near your garage. The outlet should be at least a 110-outlet for recharging.
Grab the plug that was supplied with your car. Plug it into your vehicle and then plug the other side into the outlet. Your battery should start charging up.
How long will a hybrid vehicle’s battery last?
Going by some of the calculations, a hybrid vehicle battery should last around 8 to 10 years depending on how the car is driven during that time.
The reason that hybrid car batteries last so long, isn’t just due to their size. A hybrid car battery is typically only charged up to 80% when it shows that it’s “full,” and when it’s empty, it’s usually only down to 20% This way that the battery works actually prolongs the life of it.
How long does it take to charge a hybrid car battery?
Depends on the size of the battery and the voltage. Plug-in hybrids with smaller batteries can recharge in about 3 hours at 120V and 1.5 hrs at 240V.
Electric vehicles: If they have larger batteries, it could take up to 20+ hours at 120V and 4-8 hours using a 240V charger. Some electric vehicles are equipped for fast charging can receive an 80% charge in about 20 minutes.
How far can you drive on a hybrid battery?
Roughly 300 miles.
They switch power supplies, so it lets the vehicle go a bit further than just running on one power supply. Plug-in hybrids may drive for 10-50 miles using only electricity before they start using their fuel, and can then drive for about 300 miles (obviously depending on the size of the fuel tank, just like other vehicles).
How do you find charging systems if you are out and about?
The best way to find a charging point where you are or on your route is by searching it on Google maps. Most android and IOS devices now come equipped with this app.
All you have to do on Google Maps is search for “EV charging stations” and it will search the immediate area for chargers, returning information on what type of charger is available so you can make sure you’re going to be able to plug your car in.
Where are Electric Charging Points Located?
Charging points for electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common across the UK, with more and more locations offering either fast or slow charging facilities.
There are now over 6,000 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, so finding a place to charge your Electric Vehicle shouldn’t be a problem.
If you’re looking for a charger near you, the best place to start is Zap-Map. This website has a comprehensive map of all the charging points in the UK, as well as information on each one.
Just enter your postcode or town name and the locator will show you all of the nearby charging points, along with their availability and whether they are free or paid.
Slow chargers are typically found in places like car parks and residential areas, while fast and rapid chargers are more likely to be located near motorways and other high-traffic areas.
There are a number of different fast charging networks in the UK, including Chargepoint, Ecotricity and Pod Point.
There are also a number of private companies who have their own fast charging networks.
So there you are, a some questions most asked about hybrid batteries. One of the good things about a hybrid car is that it doesn’t solely rely on a battery, so it’s not as important to monitor as if you would have a pure electric vehicle.