In 2019 and 2020 we saw the introduction of a significant number of new electric and hybrid cars, a trend that will only increase as most countries set challenging targets in an effort to tackle global warming and reduce co2 emissions and pollution.

Electric cars were always treated as something special and traditionally priced at the higher end of the market so rental and use of electric and to a lesser extent hybrid car are still small. As they become more commonplace the way we coded these cars needed to meet this new demand and provide enough information to enable the customer to book with confidence.

The 4th letter of the ACRISS Car Classification Matrix is currently used for Fuel/Air and to denote electric and hybrid vehicles using codes “E” or “C” for electric (air and non-air) and “H” or “I” for Hybrid (air and non-air). ACRISS wanted to avoid creating new codes but looked instead to redefine the existing ones to accommodate some of the variances in both the hybrid and electric cars. 

These existing codes (see below) in our ACRISS Car Classification Matrix will continue to be used in conjunction with category and type but we removed the ”non-air” option not available in electric and hybrid cars and replaced this with the Plug-in option and an Electric Plus type of vehicle with the longer battery range cars.  With electric cars we also introduced a battery distance range to help the customer and end user in choosing the right vehicle to rent. Electric (Distance < 250mi/400km) and Electric Plus (Distance ≥ 250mi/400km).      For definitions of different fuel types and their codes including the various hybrid and electric cars available click on ACRISS Fuel Type Guide

For more information on Electric cars and related questions/topics:

Code Description
H Hybrid Air
I Hybrid Plug In Air
E Electric (Distance < 250mi/400km) Air
C Electric Plus (Distance ≥ 250mi/400km) Air

Further enhancements were introduced to our car code lists to accommodate the new Electric and Hybrid trend with a new EV battery distance range,  in conjunction with the new above definitions, with an average distance covered for a particular model in both kilometres and miles.    Further options on charging options/outlets will also be added.

Fuel/Air Code Description
R & N Unspecified Fuel/Power
E & C Electric & Electric Plus
H & I Hybrid & Hybrid Plug in
M & F Multi Fuel/Power

Updated ACRISS Car Classification Matrix with new EV definitions:

Category Type Transmission/Drive Fuel/Aircon
M Mini B 2-3 Door M Manual Unspecified Drive R Unspecified Fuel/Power With Air
N Mini  Elite C 2/4 Door N Manual 4WD N Unspecified Fuel/Power Without Air
E Economy D 4-5 Door C Manual AWD D Diesel Air
H Economy Elite W Wagon/Estate A Auto Unspecified Drive Q Diesel No Air
C Compact V 6+ Passenger Van B Auto 4WD H Hybrid Air
D Compact Elite L Limousine /Sedan D Auto AWD I Hybrid Plug-in Air
I Intermediate S Sport     E Electric (Distance < 250mi/400km) Air
J Intermediate Elite T Convertible     C Electric Plus (Distance ≥ 250mi/400km) Air
S Standard F SUV     L LPG/Compressed Gas Air
R Standard Elite J Open Air All Terrain     S LPG/Compressed Gas No Air
F Fullsize X Special     A Hydrogen Air
G Fullsize Elite P Pick up (single/extended cab) 2 door     B Hydrogen No Air
P Premium Q Pick up (double cab) 4 door     M Multi Fuel/Power Air
U Premium Elite Z Special Offer Car     F Multi fuel/power No Air
L Luxury E Coupe     V Petrol Air
W Luxury Elite M Monospace     Z Petrol No Air
O Oversize R Recreational Vehicle     U Ethanol Air
X Special H Motor Home     X Ethanol No Air
    Y 2 Wheel Vehicle        
    N Roadster        
    G Crossover        
    K Commercial Van/Truck        

Charging Speeds - Slow, Fast and Rapid

Electric cars require a direct current (DC). If you charge using a domestic socket, the alternating current (AC) is converted to DC by the vehicle. Fast chargers do this conversion before the electricity reaches the car, speeding up the charging time. Rapid chargers (with one exception) also supply DC current straight to the car.   Essentially, they all do the same but the speed varies according to the connector type.

Slow Charging: 3-6 kW charging in 8-12 hours

Fast Charging 7-22 kW charging in 1- 6 hours

Rapid Charging: 43-50 kW delivering 80% charge in 30mins

Ultra-Rapid charging: 100,150 & 350 kW delivering up to 80% charge in 10mins