Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

You can always trust Bosch Car Service to look after your electric/hybrid vehicle in the best way.

Our workshops are continuously trained by Bosch on the latest technology –including safety, engineering and components. All Trans Autos Ltd have the capability to repair all Hybrid and electric vehicles. We have several Technicians already qualified with the IMI Hybrid and Electric Vehicle qualification.

Due to the nature of these vehicles and the power generated in the batteries it is advised to only have qualified technicians repairing these vehicles. A Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is a motor vehicle which combines a conventional combustion engine and an electric propulsion system. The most common type of Hybrid Electric Vehicles are cars, whilst there are some busses and motorbikes in existence as well.

Modern HEVs make use of efficiency-improving technologies such as regenerative brakes which convert the vehicle’s kinetic energy to electric energy, which is stored in a battery or supercapacitor. Some varieties of HEV use an internal combustion engine to turn an electrical generator, which either recharges the vehicle’s batteries or directly powers its electric drive motors; this combination is known as a motor–generator. Many HEVs reduce idle emissions by shutting down the engine at idle and restarting it when needed; this is known as a start-stop system.

Full hybrid, sometimes also called a strong hybrid, is a vehicle that can run only on a combustion engine, only on an electric motor, or a combination of both. A large, high-capacity battery pack is needed for battery-only operation.

Plug in Hybrid

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), also known as a plug-in hybrid, is a hybrid electric vehicle with rechargeable batteries that can be restored to full charge by connecting a plug to an external electric powersource.

A PHEV shares the characteristics of both a conventional hybrid electric vehicle, having an electric motor and an internal combustion engine; and of an all-electric vehicle, also having a plug to connect to the electrical grid. PHEVs have a much larger all-electric range as compared to conventional gasoline-electric hybrids, and also eliminate the “range anxiety” associated with all-electric vehicles, because the combustion engine works as a backup when the batteries are depleted.

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