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  • Hybrid

    A petrol or diesel car, that also has a small battery and electric motor. It doesn’t have a plug, can’t be charged up and has a limited electric range.

  • HEV

    Hybrid Electric Vehicle. A petrol or diesel car, like the BMW X5 Hybrid, that also has a small electric motor and battery. It doesn’t have a plug, can’t be charged up from the grid and gets its power from the engine or braking energy. It has a limited electric range. See ‘Hybrid’.

  • Home Charging Point

    A specific electrical unit, usually a wallbox, fitted to the outside of your home to charge a car with a battery. Supplied by a company like BP Chargemaster. 

  • Hydrogen

    A gas which is used to power Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) and can also be burned in conventional engines with modifications. It can be created using electricity, so is potentially a renewable energy source.

  • Heat Pump

    A more energy efficient type of heater which can be used in a car or house. It works like an air conditioner in reverse, taking warmth out of the air and condensing it.

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