With the increasing number of electric powered vehicles, it is now becoming more confusing to find the difference as they are not the same.
As of now, toward the end of 2018, electric cars can be divided into 3 main groups, namely Hybrid, Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PHEV), or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The main differences can be seen below:
Hybrid - uses a small battery to take in energy from the engine. Improves the overall mpg of the vehicle as the battery can propel the car at low speeds, in traffic. Toyota Prius would be an example of this.
PHEV - using a slightly larger battery that allows for all-electric travel for perhaps 20 miles. They can be plugged in to charge up the battery for this. Uses an engine for longer distances. Useful for short commutes or pottering around town. The BMW 225xe would be an example of this type.
BEV - generally will have no engine, relying on electric power fully. Can take a long time to charge fully, and have a range of 100 miles, up to 300 miles depending on the vehicle. A Renault Zoe would be an example of a BEV vehicle.
Jus in time for Christmas, the supermarkets have kicked off a small price war, with Asda dropping down to 110.7p per litre from a previous 115.7p. Whilst not a massive saving, this should still save roughly £3 on an average fill-up of 60 litres. Check your own figures using our 'Cost to Fill Calculator'.
Over the last few months, Android makers in China have been selling an increasing number of cheap and cheerful phones. At first they were dismissed as sloppy copies of more famous models, but after several generations they now seem to be quite good! Check out their benefits and disadvantages here.
Miles per Gallon figures are an important factor for most car drivers. Some information on more accurate readings can be seen here.
To round off the year, we have installed yet another fuel calculator for your delectation! With the recent drop in UK fuel prices, we thought it would be a good idea to help you work out how much you might save on (for example) a 5p drop per litre. Have a play around with it - you may be surprised at the figures you find.
Things have been quiet of late, but that's not to say we haven't been busy tinkering with our site. Have a look over on the Trip Cost Calculator, work out a journey cost as normal, and at the bottom you will now see a feature where you can email yourself or a friend the journey cost details. Go on, have a play with it!
Although still in its relative infancy, the smart watch is coming and looks to be the next big thing for technology lovers. Blending the familiar nature of a watch with bluetooth abilities, they are able to connect to your phone and pass you messages and notifications without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. Currently the best smartwatches are the Motorola 360 and LG G Watch R. Below are some other reasons why you may find them handy:
- Some have voice control and activation
- Pedometers and heart rate sensors can be found in some, to aid with fitness
- Different faces can be installed allowing it to change into a watch for any occasion!
Not content with showing you handy information on cars and mobile phones, we decided it was high time to help you calculate your electrical costings. All you need to provide are the wattage of the appliance in question along with the price you pay in kWh (found by looking at your latest electrical bill) and we can show you how much it costs you to run for a month or year.
We even have a few sample items to choose from if you need an idea what to start with!
To get people in the mood for upgrading their phones, we have a catchy new video to showcae our mobile phone facilities!
Although a bit late for this winter, it may well come in handy once next year draws in. A few words regarding winter driving essential can be found here.
Ranging from kit to keep in your boot, to a cold weather vehicle check you can carry out, there may well be some useful info for you.
Although still technically in beta, we have a handy new page for any choozers who need a route planner. Type in your start and destination then click the 'Plan My Route' button. A draggable (allowing you to modify your route) map and itemized route plan will be shown to you which is in handy printable format.
Give it a try if you have any long journeys ahead.
Coming to the end of the year, we have been feverishly working on a new look to the site. We hope you like it! Not only will it look swich and up to date, it time it should be fully responsive in that it can alter its shape for smartphones and tablets too. Let us know if you have and suggestions or have spotted bugs. Happy holidays too!
Just in time for autumn, we have installed a whole new car database containing nearly 10,000 UK spec models (5 times bigger than our old one!) to help you chooze. Not only that but each car now has greatly enhanced details including the addition of optional extra pricing, pence per mile and new images.