Plug-In hybrids are hybrid vehicles which can be plugged in to a charge point to recharge their batteries. They combine an electric motor with an internal combustion engine. Typically the battery range is in excess of 20 – 30 miles, good for short urban journeys. For longer trips, or if the battery charge is depleted, a petrol or diesel engine kicks in to power the vehicle.
The Mitsubushi Outlander is an example of such a vehicle while Toyota has also started introducing Plug-In hybrids to their vehicle range.