The combination of petrol and electric on our E-TENSE plug-in hybrid drivetrains offers both power and flexibility.​ 

Electric is synonymous with low or zero emissions, whilst the addition of a petrol engine gives you increased autonomy for longer journeys.

SERENITY Drive in complete freedom with our plug-in hybrid vehicles

Our E-TENSE plug-in hybrid models offer an electric only range of up to 36 miles (WLTP¹ cycle), enough to carry out most daily journeys emission free. This new generation plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology stands apart from "self-charging hybrids" (HEV), which have very limited electric only range (typically less than 2 miles). Discover more about the benefits of plug-in hybrid technology.

RANGE Find out all about the range of your plug-in hybrid car

There are several elements that can influence the electric range of your plug-in hybrid vehicle, such as weather conditions as well as your own driving style . Find out more about the factors that can influence the efficiency and range of a plug-in hybrid car's battery and its hybrid range.


Speed has the greatest impact on the range of your plug-in hybrid vehicle. When driving at low speeds, choose electric mode. It is important to moderate your speed on dual carriageways and motorways in order to conserve the range.

Driving style and route elevation

How you drive and how many hills you encounter on your route both play a part in the range of your plug-in hybrid vehicle. As well as using Eco mode, selected from the three available driving modes, we suggest you focus on eco-driving. Using the regenerative braking function and adopting a smooth driving style can increase your range by up to 15%. 


Extreme heat or freezing cold affect the chemical reactions that occur within batteries. Range from a fully charged battery can vary by as much as 35 % between summer and winter due to changes in the ambient temperature.

Using the MyDS app, you are able to use the car's thermal pre-conditioning function. This allows the car to heat or cool to the required temperature before starting your journey whilst plugged in, therefore conserving battery energy and increasing your range.

E-TENSE Technology


Regenerative braking

Driving modes

E-SAVE function

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CHARGE DAILY Range & charging

Charging is essential to take full advantage of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Fully charged, our E-TENSE hybrid models have a 100% electric range of up to 36 miles (WLTP cycle¹). We recommend that you charge your plug-in hybrid vehicle every day in order to enjoy sufficient electric range to complete the majority of your daily trips using only electricity.

Charging Time Calculate your charging time according to your range level

Charging facilities

Care-free charging for your plug-in hybrid

Charging cables

Quick charging at home

Public charging

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DS Automobiles offers customers who purchase a new E-TENSE electric or plug-in hybrid a free 6 month subscription to bp pulse**, the UKs largest public charging network. When you create a bp pulse account, simply add your DS E-TENSE VIN number as the ‘offer code’.

**Customers are required to provide credit/debit card details to their account when signing up, for any electricity used to be charged to. £7.85 per month payable after the first 6 months for ongoing subscription. When you create a bp pulse account, simply add your DS E-TENSE VIN number as the ‘offer code’. Existing bp pulse subscribers can still benefit by contacting the bp pulse help-desk to receive 6 months credit applied to their account. Offer available in conjunction with all other Retail offers. One claim per person per vehicle purchase. Offer not transferable and no cash alternative. DS Automobiles reserve the right to amend or withdraw the offer at any time without prior notice.

Benefit from a tailor-made installation

When you purchase an E-TENSE electric vehicle, you benefit from the expertise of our recommended charging partner, Pod Point, who will provide you with the best service for your charging solution. Your DS retailer will put you in touch with Pod Point once you have placed an order for your vehicle.

MyDS APP An app that controls everything

Information about range

With the MyDS smartphone app, you can see the current range of your plug-in hybrid. When your car is charging, you can see how fast it's charging and remaining charge time.

Remote charging

With remote charging you can use the MyDS app to start charging or set-up a charging schedule. By scheduling a charge, you can take advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity tariffs available with some energy providers.

Thermal pre-conditioning

Using the thermal pre-conditioning function enables you to schedule the heating or cooling of your car. For example, on a cold winter morning you can schedule the car to heat up to a comfortable temperature before you leave the house.  As well as ensuring your comfort, this function also extends your range if the car is charging and also pre-warms your battery to improve its efficiency.


A cleaner better performing car

Our plug-in hybrids are efficient and versatile: zero emissions in 100% electric mode and low fuel consumption on the combined cycle. And all without compromising driving enjoyment.

Towns open up for you

Choosing a plug-in hybrid frees you to drive around town even when traffic is restricted. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE has a bright blue LED located at the top of the windscreen to show that electric mode is being used.

Its own tax band

A plug-in hybrid means savings right from the moment it’s first registered. During the sale of a new plug-in hybrid, a bonus is effectively given. A PHEV can also be exempt from car tax.

Use less fuel

Due to its electric motors and technology such as regenerative braking, a plug-in hybrid vehicle uses less fuel than its internal combustion engine equivalent. You’ll therefore be able to drive for longer distances in your DS 4 E-TENSE, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE or DS 9 E-TENSE plug-in hybrid.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about electric or hybrid vehicles, take a look out our FAQ section.