Hybrid vs Plug-in Hybrid vs Battery Electric Vehicles
With more choices than ever before, is now the right time to go electric? The rollout of new EVs, plug-in hybrids, and traditional hybrids is good news if you're looking for an alternative-fuel vehicle. These models provide energy-efficient transportation while lowering or eliminating tailpipe emissions, diminishing noise, and lower ownership costs. But living with an electrified vehicle differs from owning a typical gasoline model. So it's important to understand how they work and to match their strengths with your driving needs and lifestyle. So let's look at how they work and how you can benefit yourself and your bank account.
Traditional Hybrid (HEV)
Hybrid powertrains have an electric motor, a small battery pack, and a gasoline engine to provide efficient power. There's no need to plug their hybrid vehicles in as the gas engine and regenerative braking keep the battery charged. The electric motor supplements the gas engine and allows the engine to shut off at low speeds and when coasting. This technology has been on the market for over 20 years.
Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV)
Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, also known as PHEVs, are a bridge between traditional hybrids and fully electric vehicles, allowing for local driving on electric power alone with the convenience and range of a gas engine for longer road trips. PHEVs have a larger battery than traditional hybrids, which allows them to go farther in electric mode. Just like with a regular hybrid regenerative braking can extend the battery’s range, and the gasoline-powered engine, and electric motor switch back and forth as needed. However, as the name suggests, you must plug these vehicles in to fully recharge their batteries.
Fully Electric (BEV)
Battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, as they are commonly called, are very efficient, and most new models have a driving range of well over 200 miles. But driving them long distances requires extra planning regarding where and when you’ll charge. There is no traditional internal combustion engine in an electric vehicle. Instead, they rely on large battery packs to power their electric motors. And can only be recharged by plugging in, most EVs take anywhere from 2-12 hours to recharge, depending on the level charging unit you are using.
Circle Buick GMC Is The Place To Go For All Things EV
If you are considering buying a traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or an electric vehicle and have questions, or if you would like to test drive one and live in the greater Highland, IN, area, head to Circle Buick GMC. Our sales staff is trained and knowledgeable in electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids. When you stop by our showroom, you'll get to speak with our team of professionals, ready to guide you through every aspect of buying and owning a PHEV or an EV. We aim to make your dealership experience as stress-free as possible from the moment you walk into our showroom till you drive off our lot in your dream car you will receive exceptional customer service.