Suzuki currently does not offer any fully electric vehicles, but as of September 2019 its hybrid models are the Ignis SHVS and Swift SHVS.
A statement made in March 2019 indicates that Toyota and Suzuki have entered into a partnership where each company would produce electric vehicles for the other. This is to help both brands compete in the ever-changing auto industry.
Electric cars are considered better for the environment as they release fewer CO2 and NOx emissions, and their batteries can be recycled at the end of their lives.
Electric vehicle batteries are designed to last around eight years or 100,000 miles, but some have been shown to be capable of exceeding this.
Electric cars are less expensive to run over their lifetime thanks to lower fuel costs (charging typically costs 3-7p per mile), tax benefits and lower maintenance costs.
If your EV runs out of electricity on the move, it will simply stop running and you will have to seek roadside assistance. Many drivers, however, are conscious of battery life and ensure they have enough charge to complete a journey before setting out.
Electric vehicle batteries are designed to last around eight years or 100,000 miles. Some will last longer though - lifetime depends partly on how the vehicle is driven and how often it is recharged.
Experts believe that EV owners will not need to replace their battery. If, however, severe degradation has occurred, it is possible to make a replacement with an aftermarket or standard battery.
As with combustion engine vehicles, electric cars should be serviced every year to ensure they stay in the best possible condition.
If you’re looking for lower running costs and want to reduce your impact on the environment, electric vehicles are certainly worth the investment. They’re ideal for those who primarily drive in town.
Suzuki SHVS is a mild hybrid system that uses electric power to boost the vehicle’s engine during acceleration. Currently, Suzuki hybrid vehicles cannot run on electric power alone.
The Suzuki Ignis and Swift models are the only hybrid options offered by the manufacturer as at September 2019. The best option depends on what your specific needs are in terms of performance and practicality.
The Swift Hybrid is Suzuki’s mild hybrid version of the popular Swift model, which uses an electric motor to boost the 1.2-litre engine.
A Suzuki Hybrid model can be expected to last at least as long as a regular Suzuki with a combustion engine, as the motor is there purely to support the engine.
A Suzuki Hybrid vehicle can be expected to increase fuel economy by 7-8mpg compared to its conventional fuel counterpart.
A mild hybrid system, such as Suzuki SHVS uses electric power to boost the vehicle’s engine during acceleration. Other mild hybrid systems enable the car’s engine to be turned off for a few seconds during coasting to reduce emissions.
This depends on your individual needs and how far you tend to travel in one journey. Both electric and hybrid have benefits – ask the experts at Hodgson Suzuki for guidance.
Some hybrids, like mild hybrids, can only run on fuel. Others run on a combination of electric power and fuel to reduce emissions and improve efficiency. Plug-in hybrids usually have a short electric-only range too.
Self-charging and mild hybrids charge the lithium-ion battery themselves with power from the engine while you’re driving. Plug-in models need to be connected to a power source in order to charge.