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Discover the Ford Hybrid and Electric Vehicle range

Your guide to Hybrid and Electric vehicles

If you are looking to make the switch to a Hybrid or Electric vehicle, it is important to understand the different options that are currently available within the Ford model range. Hybrid & Electric vehicles can be broken down into four distinct classifications – allow us to guide you through each to help you find the vehicle that is right for you and your requirements

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs) feature a combustion engine and an electric motor (which boosts acceleration), the latter of which is powered by a self-charging battery.


  • Improved efficiency – on average, an MHEV is 15 percent more efficient than its combustion-engine equivalent
  • No external charging required – this occurs via regenerative braking
  • No range anxiety – an MHEV’s electric motor merely assists the engine
  • A good place to start – MHEVs bridge the gap between combustion-engine and Full-Hybrid cars, and they’re more affordable than the latter


  • The least efficient form of hybrid motoring – full hybrids and plug-in hybrids are more cost-effective to run and produce fewer CO2 emissions
  • MHEVs can’t run on electric power

Ford MHEVs – available at Gates today

Puma | Focus | Transit

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Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid Electric Vehicles, otherwise known as Full Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FHEVs), feature a similar drivetrain to MHEVs. In this case, however, the combustion engine and the electric motor can run independently, which helps deliver enhanced fuel economy. An FHEV can run on electric-only power at low speeds and over limited distances (a mile or so).


  • More efficient than an MHEV – FHEVs are more cost-effective to run than MHEVs and produce fewer emissions
  • No external charging is required
  • Reduced Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate due to lower emissions


  • More expensive to purchase than regular vehicles and MHEVs
  • Limited All-Electric range
  • No discernible fuel-saving benefits if you regularly drive at higher speeds

Ford FHEVs – available at Gates today


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Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) feature a combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery. Unlike FHEVs, PHEVs can run solely on electric power.


  • Lower fuel costs and CO2 emissions than MHEVs/FHEVs, particularly if you tend to make shorter journeys
  • No range anxiety – if the battery runs flat, the combustion engine will pick up the slack
  • Low BiK rates
  • Reduced VED charges for the first year


  • PHEVs are more expensive to buy than regular vehicles, MHEVs and HEVs
  • External charging is required

Ford PHEVs – available at Gates today

Kuga | All-New Transit Custom | All-New Tourneo Custom

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All-Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) do not have a combustion engine and they run on electric power alone. They have a battery pack which is connect to an electric motor, at it is this that drives the car. Electric Vehicles must be plugged into a power supply to charge.


  • Very affordable to run – in relative terms, electricity is cheaper than fuel
  • Environmentally friendly motoring – EVs produce zero CO2 and NOx emissions
  • Lower maintenance costs – an electric drivetrain features fewer working parts than a combustion engine
  • Super-quiet – an electric drivetrain produces very little noise
  • Rapid acceleration – EVs generate torque more quickly than fuel-driven vehicles
  • Exempt from VED charges
  • Exempt from congestion charges
  • Low BiK tax rates
  • Ford E-Transit is eligible for a plug-in grant (Leader and Trend trim levels)


  • More expensive to buy than PHEVs, HEVs, MHEVs and combustion-engine vehicles
  • Range anxiety – if the battery runs out of charge, the vehicle is left with no propulsive power
  • External charging is required

Ford EVs – available at Gates today

Mustang Mach-E | All-Electric E-Transit | More EVs due in 2024 including the New All-Electric Explorer, Puma, All-New Ford E-Transit Courier, All-New Ford E-Transit Custom and All-New Ford E-Tourneo Custom |

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If you have any further questions about our Ford Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Gates dealership in Essex, Hertfordshire & Greater London.