Jaguar F-Type, image courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

One Man’s Wish: 5 Cars That Should Be Plug-in Hybrid

A fine young man from Manchester, UK named Sam Dickson reached out to me last week while I was on vacation (THAT’s the reason there was no activity!).  He and his client Tilsun Group had seen this little green car outpost on the web and wondered aloud if it would be cool to get involved.  After taking a look at them, I agreed.  

As a younger guy (do they still call people “chap” in the UK?), his interest is with what is currently gasoline powered that should be plug-in hybrid.  I looked it over and had no arguments whatsoever.  In fact, back in my day, had I written the piece, it would have been titled “5 Cars That Should Come with a Nitrous Tank.” Everything old is new again.

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As time goes on and technology evolves, car manufacturers are constantly trying to think of ways to better their products and make new and exiting vehicles that are sure to make a bold statement. Not only that but the environment is a much larger concern now than it used to be, and as a result, we are starting to see a shift towards plug-in vehicles.
In this post we will discuss the following:

  1. What does plug-in mean?
  2. How do plug-in vehicles work?
  3. 5 cars that should have a plug-in version
  4. The benefits of plug-in vehicles

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What does plug-in mean?

A plug-in vehicle is a vehicle that has a large high-capacity battery bank that can be recharged by being plugged into a normal household current. Whilst a standard hybrid requires a combination of energy from the engine to recharge the batteries, plug-ins can essentially operate as electric vehicles with an internal combustion engine backup.

 

How do plug-in vehicles work?

Whilst not all models work in the same way, most plug-ins can operate in at least two modes: ‘all electric’, in which the motor and battery provide all of the car’s energy and ‘hybrid’, in which both electricity and fuel are used.  When it comes to a conventional hybrid vehicle, it is worth noting that they may travel short distances in pure-electric mode, whereas plug-in hybrids are designed to travel extended distances with little or no assistance from the engine.
Furthermore, to keep vehicle weight inline with a conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrids would have little or no additional battery capacity. As such, the distance a plug-in hybrid will travel in electric mode will be relatively modest.

 

5 cars that should have a plug-in variant
It’s worth noting that plug-in cars can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and have a more positive impact on the environment. However, there are some cars out there that don’t have a plug-in option. Perhaps some of your most ideal cars don’t have this alternative, so have a look at this list and see if your favourite falls under this category.


Audi TT, image courtesy of Audi.

Audi TT, image courtesy of Audi.

Audi TT Coupe

First in our wishlist is the Audi TT Coupe. The typical Audi TT comes with fantastic features such as modern and progressive steering, Audi drive select, DAB digital radio and the electromechanical parking brake, just to name a few.

But just imagine driving this vehicle in a plug-in format. You would be able to still get access to all these amazing features whilst driving a car that is more environmentally friendly – not to mention the fact that the interior and exterior are incredibly sleek.


John Cooper Works Mini, image from BMW Group PressClub

John Cooper Works Mini, image from BMW Group PressClub

Mini Hatch

The Mini is an absolute classic and has been around for some time now. With every model that is made, Mini seem to effortlessly do a remarkable job.

With that in mind, it comes as a surprise that the Mini Hatch doesn’t come with a plug-in alternative. The Mini drives like a dream, showcases some of the most modern car technology and has a classic exterior that we are sure will never go out of style. A plug-in version of this car would really be the cherry on top.


2015 Nissan Juke, image courtesy of Nissan News

2015 Nissan Juke, image courtesy of Nissan News

Nissan Juke

With an impressive speed of 123mph, the Nissan Juke is perfect for long distance driving and passing from city to city. The great combination of a user-friendly driving experience and a striking exterior shows that it’s no wonder drivers are so attracted to it.

The model can go from 0-63mph in just 7.8 seconds and there is also the opportunity to make use of a built-in digital screen.

That’s not all though, the vehicle even has towing capabilities, which is great if you are the type of driver that likes to venture out in your car for your holidays. With these fancy features, it makes sense for a plug-in version to be on the horizon.


The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Image courtesy of BMW.

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Image courtesy of BMW.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

It comes as no surprise that since 2012, the 6 Series has become a staple of the BMW brand. With its sleek exterior and stylish, spacious interior, it’s no wonder this car is a pure joy to drive.

The seating has been designed in such a way that it will make you feel like you are sat in a luxury sports car. You can really drive your family around in style and sophistication with this model, but we can’t help but wonder why a plug-in version hasn’t been introduced. It would certainly fit the bill, especially with a speed of 0-62mph in a rapid 5.4 seconds.


Jaguar F-Type, image courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar F-Type, image courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar F-Type

The final car on this list is the Jaguar F-Type. A luxurious and modern car, the Jaguar F-Type’s appearance and credibility certainly matches its performance. As a well-respected and highly sought after manufacturer, Jaguar have created a model that we have come to know and love.

It’s made with a rear wheel drive that will be reliable time and time again and is incredibly popular among car enthusiasts. With this in mind, it seems like a plug-in alternative is a worthy next step for the Jaguar brand.


The benefits of plug-in vehicles

  • The potential range of a pure electric vehicle is below the roughly 300 miles of travel a typical consumer expects from a tank of petrol.
  • Given that it should be possible to always drive a plug-in hybrid vehicle within the range of its plug-in battery capacity, it is theoretically possible to never consume petrol.
  • More than likely, fuel consumption would decrease dramatically in daily commuting though the reduced cost of petrol is offset to some extent by increased electricity usage.
  • Plug-in vehicles are more energy efficient in converting stored energy into driving a vehicle.
  • Lower maintenance costs occur in plug-in vehicles due to the fact that electronic systems break down much less often than the mechanical systems in conventional vehicles.

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For some, we can only hope that in the future these manufacturers and many more take the plug-in plunge, especially as it environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
If you are interested in some of these brands, you can check these and many more models by visiting Tilsun Group today.

This post was written by Sam Dickson on behalf of Tilsun Group

 

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