Hybrid & Electric Vehicles at Desmond Motors

There's a lot of information about electric vehicles out there. And trying to choose a vehicle to fit your lifestyle isn't easy. That's why at Desmond Motors Limited we've put together all the facts you need to help you choose the vehicle that's right for you. Ford plans to release 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022. Our all-new fully-electric performance utility vehicle arrives in 2020 with a targeted range of 300 miles.

What's the difference?

Electric cars come in various types for different usage scenarios, like short local trips or a long daily commute. Once you understand what makes them different, it's easier to see which vehicle would fit your lifestyle best.

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Mild Hybrid (MHEV)

A small electric motor that helps improve efficiency versus a conventional internal combusion engine. Mild Hybrid vehicles have two sources of power that work together - a conventional engine and a battery driven electric motor. The electric motor does not power the car. It simply assists it.

  • Ford Fiesta Sport Van
  • Ford Tourneo Custom
  • Ford Transit Custom
  • Transit Custom Double Cab
  • Ford Transit
  • Ford Transit Double Cab
  • Ford Chassis Cab
  • Ford Transit Custom Kombi
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Hybrid (HEV)

Hybrid vehicles have two sources of power. They can automatically switch between conventional mode, pure electric mode (for short distances) or use both to power the vehicle as needed.

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Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

Plug In. Charge up. Improves efficiency versus a mild hybrid or hybrid engine. Plug-in Hybrids have the two sources of power like a hybrid, but with a larger high voltage battery, enabling you to drive longer distances on all-electric power.

  • Ford Tourneo Custom Plugin-in Hybrid
  • Ford Transit Custom Kombi
  • Ford Transit Custom
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All-electric (BEV)

100% Electric. Just charge it up and go. All-Electric cars are powered by electricity alone. This means they have to be charged before you can drive.

  • All-Electric E-Transit

Ford Electric Range

There are 4 main types of Hybrid and Electric vehicles.  Do you know the difference?  Watch now for more information.

Ford Demystifying Battery

Do you know the common ways an electric vehicles can be charged?  Regenerative braking captures the energy typically wasted during braking making it a very effective to charge whilst driving.  Plugin Hybrids can be charged by several means, watch to find out more.


What is the range of a Hybrid/Electric Ford?

Mild Hybrid
Mild Hybrid vehicles cannot be driven solely by the electric battery and motor,they utilise a conventional engine.

A Hybrid is capable of driving short distances on electric power alone.

Plug-in Hybrid
When fully charged, Plug-in Hybrids can operate on electric power for journeys of approximately 30 miles. Once the battery runs out of charge, the vehicle will behave like a hybrid with the conventional engine running when necessary.

The range on a fully charged All-Electric vehicle varies from 100 miles on older models to approximately 300 miles on newer models.

How long does it take to change an electric car?

There are various ways to charge an electric car quickly:

Public AC Charger: (11-22kW).
For some of these, you'll need to have your public charge cord, which comes as standard with the Mustang Mach-E and you'll get around 30 miles of range per hour.

50 kW DC Charger:
These chargers are already commonly available in many countries. A charge cord will always be attached to the station, so you won’t need to use your own. They can deliver around 185 miles of range every hour.

150 kW DC Charger:
These deliver the fastest charging, adding around 350 miles of range per hour, without the need for your public charge cord. The number of high-power chargers is continuously growing, and Ford are a partner in the IONITY network, spreading high-power chargers across European highways.

All values are based on typical conditions. Actual charging rates and ranges achieved may vary.

Can I charge an electric car in the rain?

Yes, you can even charge your electric car in the rain with no fear of electric shock or damage to the car.

Aren’t electric cars dangerous in an accident?

Like conventional cars, electric cars also go through standard crash tests with good results. Batteries are not explosive in an accident, and electric cars can also operate without a clutch and without gearbox or engine oil, which is usually a cause of fires in a crash. Overall, they have much fewer components, which further reduces the likelihood of failure. The batteries are completely insulated from the rest of the car, and in the event of an accident, the whole system is disconnected.

How do I find a charger?

You will simply be able to use the FordPass app or your vehicle navigation system. Both will show you the exact locations, availability and cost of different charging stations. If you are on a journey, both the app and navigation will find chargers along your route and update your ETA to include charge times.

How do I pay for charging?

With a FordPass charging subscription you pay for your charging using the 'pay as you go' method. Each time you charge, you'll receive a notification shortly after, with the details of your charge and the cost that will be billed to you.