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Which engine for my car?

You are about to buy a new car and you don't really know which engine to choose? Petrol, diesel, hybrid, electric... You are overwhelmed by the information spread by the media and the public authorities, not to mention the advice of your friends and dealers which are sometimes contradictory!

We're currently witnessing an unprecedented change in the car engine technologies, which makes the choice of a car, especially an electric one, confusing. 

At the ACL, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and that it's important to select the appropriate engine technology depending on the user’s profile. Indeed, there are many variables to consider, such as the type of journey, the mileage, the frequency of use, or the possibility of recharging the battery at home or at the office in the case of electrified cars. 

Therefore the ACL has developed this tool to assist and guide you in choosing the motorisation of your next car. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the result of this questionnaire should be considered as an indication and not as a definitive choice. Therefore, the ACL invites you to make an appointment with the "ACL Mobility Loft" for an individual and personalised consultation to answer all your questions.
 

Fuel Percentage

HEV Or PHEV

A hybrid car is suitable for you. Nevertheless, it can be either a conventional hybrid (HEV) or a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV).

A Plug-In Hybrid or rechargeable hybrid is composed of an internal combustion engine, one or more electric motors and a medium-sized battery for a real range of +/- 40 km in pure electric mode. Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEV’s require its battery to be recharged via a charging cable. PHEV’s offer a choice between electric and hybrid modes, unless the battery is not sufficiently charged, in which case it switches to internal combustion engine mode. Plug-in hybrid is a flexible technology because it allows you to drive both dynamically and economically. When recharging daily, you can reduce the fuel consumption to +/- 2 liters per 100 km (depending on the model).  PHEV’s are eligible for a government incentive of 2,500 euros (until 31/03/2021) if its CO2 emissions are less than 50 g/km.

A conventional hybrid has an internal combustion engine, one or more electric motors and a small battery that recharges itself autonomously. In doing so, the electric propulsion assists the vehicle during starting, acceleration and low speed driving. This technology is affordable and allows economical driving with a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 30%, since the vehicle operates more than 50% of the time on electric power when driving in an urban environment.
The conventional hybrid recharges its battery autonomously while driving, either by recovery energy during braking or by transferring the excess energy from the internal combustion engine to the battery. This prevents the battery from discharging since it cannot be charged through a charging cable. This technology is suitable for people who drive economically and cannot recharge their vehicle at home or at work. The price of a conventional hybrid vehicle is slightly higher (€2,000) than that of a petrol vehicle.

BEV

An electric vehicle (BEV) suits you.

A BEV is a 100% electric drive vehicle which gets its energy from a large built-in battery. The battery needs to be charged regularly and, depending on your driving style, you will be able to cover distances of up to 500 km depending on the model. The electric car is ideal for people who travel short distances in and around urban areas but hardly use the highway (as high speeds are energy consuming). The purchase of an electric car entitles you to a government incentive of 8,000 € (until 31/03/2021) that can be claimed after 7 months of registration. Electric cars are still expensive to buy, but the lower maintenance and recharging costs compared to internal combustion engines can partly compensate.


 

Petrol Or HEV

A conventional hybrid (HEV) or petrol vehicle is suitable for you.

The petrol engine is better suited to your usage profile, because of the flexibility it offers. Be aware, however, that fuel consumption will be higher than that of a diesel or hybrid engine, especially if you choose a larger vehicle or drive dynamically.

A conventional hybrid has an internal combustion engine, one or more electric motors and a small battery that recharges itself autonomously. In doing so, the electric propulsion assists the vehicle during starting, acceleration and low speed driving. This technology is affordable and allows economical driving with a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 30%, since the vehicle operates more than 50% of the time on electric power when driving in an urban environment.

The conventional hybrid recharges its battery autonomously while driving, either by recovery energy during braking or by transferring the excess energy from the internal combustion engine to the battery. This prevents the battery from discharging since it cannot be charged through a charging cable. This technology is suitable for people who drive economically and cannot recharge their vehicle at home or at work. The price of a conventional hybrid vehicle is slightly higher (€2,000) than that of a petrol vehicle.


 

Petrol

A petrol vehicle suits you.

The petrol engine is better suited to your usage profile, because of the flexibility it offers. Be aware, however, that fuel consumption will be higher than that of a diesel or hybrid engine, especially if you choose a larger vehicle or drive dynamically.


 

DIESEL

A diesel vehicle suits you.

Your profile matches the conventional diesel driver, which means that you often cover long distances, mostly on the highway. The cost/consumption ratio is ideal for you, thanks to the low price and the long range of diesel fuel. However, when buying a second-hand diesel vehicle, you should inform yourself about emission zones bans in the major European cities you may wish to visit. In the case of a used diesel car, make sure that it meets the Euro 6d/6d-temp emissions standards. Since new diesel cars comply with this standard from the outset, it should not pose a problem in this respect for the next 5-6 years.

 

PHEV

A Hybrid Plug-In (PHEV) is the right choice for you.

A Plug-In Hybrid or rechargeable hybrid is composed of an internal combustion engine, one or more electric motors and a medium-sized battery for a real range of +/- 40 km in pure electric mode. Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEV’s require its battery to be recharged via a charging cable. PHEV’s offer a choice between electric and hybrid modes, unless the battery is not sufficiently charged, in which case it switches to internal combustion engine mode. Plug-in hybrid is a flexible technology because it allows you to drive both dynamically and economically. When recharging daily, you can reduce the fuel consumption to +/- 2 liters per 100 km (depending on the model).  PHEV’s are eligible for a government incentive of 2,500 euros (until 31/03/2021) if its CO2 emissions are less than 50 g/km.

 

HEV

A classic hybrid (HEV) suits you.

A conventional hybrid has an internal combustion engine, one or more electric motors and a small battery that recharges itself autonomously. In doing so, the electric propulsion assists the vehicle during starting, acceleration and low speed driving. This technology is affordable and allows economical driving with a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 30%, since the vehicle operates more than 50% of the time on electric power when driving in an urban environment.
The conventional hybrid recharges its battery autonomously while driving, either by recovery energy during braking or by transferring the excess energy from the internal combustion engine to the battery. This prevents the battery from discharging since it cannot be charged through a charging cable. This technology is suitable for people who drive economically and cannot recharge their vehicle at home or at work. The price of a conventional hybrid vehicle is slightly higher (€2,000) than that of a petrol vehicle.

 

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE MOBILITY LOFT

The selection of the right technology for you is quite difficult to determine with this evaluation procedure, therefore we recommend that you make an appointment at our Mobility Loft for a personalized analysis on https://www.acl.lu/en-us/tests-conseils/conseils/acl-mobility-loft/prise-de-rendez-vous