Electric & Hybrid at Johnsons

Providing eco-friendly driving for everyone With 17 great brands across 58 dealerships, you’re never far from a top-quality electric or hybrid vehicle at Johnsons. Here’s everything you need to know about going electric.
The Benefits. Discover more about the benefits of driving electric Electric and hybrid vehicles offer a cleaner, more efficient alternative to traditional petrol and diesel cars. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll leave a reduced – or even zero – carbon tyre print while saving more on everyday motoring costs. Not only that, you’ll enjoy dynamic performance, a quiet ride, and an array of modern technologies. Read on to learn about the differences between hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles – and how they represent the future of motoring.

Types of electric/hybrid vehicles explained

There are several types of electrified vehicle available. Here, we explain the differences.

    Mild Hybrid (MHEV) Mild hybrid vehicles (MHEVs) have only a small battery and electric motor, which serve to support the combustion engine when you’re accelerating or cruising. They have reduced emissions compared to traditional petrol and diesel cars, but cannot travel on electric power alone.
    Hybrid (HEV) Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are fitted with a combustion engine which is boosted by an electric motor powered by a battery. They are self-charging, which means there’s no need to plug them in, and can run for very short distances on electric power alone. HEVs are more efficient than traditional cars and produce fewer CO2 emissions.
    Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are more efficient than self-charging or mild hybrids. They have a larger battery, which means they can run solely on electricity over short distances, typically between 25 and 40 miles. PHEVs are more affordable to run than HEVs and they produce significantly fewer emissions. A PHEV’s battery requires manual charging.
    100% electric Electric vehicles (EVs) are the most efficient and greenest form of motor car. They’re very affordable to run and they produce zero emissions. Range varies depending on the vehicle, with the average being around 225 miles. EVs require manual charging.

    Our electric brands

    Please click on any of the manufacturers below to learn more about the range of electric and hybrid vehicles we have available.


    If you have any queries, we hope our frequently asked questions below will answer them. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Johnsons showroom team.

    How long does it take to charge an electric car?

    It will depend on the EV in question, and the charging method. For instance, the Hyundai Ioniq’s battery can charge from 0-100% in roughly:
    ●19 hours via a three-pin power supply (the kind found in and around the home)
    ●8 hours using a 7 kW domestic wallbox

    ●6 hours with a 22 kW public connector

    What’s the difference between plug-in hybrid and hybrid?


    A plug-in hybrid can run on electric power for a few miles, making it very useful if you typically make trips around town or do short commutes. Plug-in hybrids produce fewer emissions than hybrids – and deliver more miles per gallon. However, a plug-in hybrid’s battery requires manual charging while a hybrid is self-charging. It’s worth noting that you can continue to operate a plug-in hybrid even when the battery no longer holds a charge; that said, you should aim to recharge as soon as possible to ensure the best performance.

    Are electric cars really more affordable to run than petrol-powered cars?


    Yes. Take the Fiat 500, for example. If you travel 30 miles per day, it’ll cost about £1,391 per year to fill the regular 500 with petrol. The pure-electric 500, meanwhile, will only cost around £858 to charge.