Evolving from Hybrids (HV) – the pillar of next-generation ECO Cars
The plug-in hybrid vehicle, based on hybrid technology developed over many years, adds both an external power-source recharging capability and an increased battery capacity. This is the “rechargeable” hybrid. The PHV can be charged by using standard household outlet. For short distances, it can be driven by EV mode *1 and since PHV runs as a conventional hybrid mode for longer distances, it contributes to a prevention of air pollution with reduced CO2 emissions and lower consumption of gasoline.
*1 Depending on the conditions of the engine and the lithium-ion batteries, usage of the air-conditioning, way of driving (sudden acceleration or exceeding a standard speed) and road conditions (hills, etc.), the EV mode may be deactivated and switch to operate the engine regardless of the remaining battery level.