Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in charging

If you want to boost your fuel economy, hybrid technology can really send your efficiency soaring. But what’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid designs? Hybrid vehicles use both electricity and gasoline simultaneously, while plug-in models use electricity first and later switch to gasoline. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so let’s go through a brief hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid comparison below.



Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Hybrid Models

Between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid models, the hybrid’s main advantage is convenience. Driving a hybrid through Eagan will feel virtually the same as driving a gas-powered model – with the addition of improved gas mileage. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a hybrid:

  • Hybrid models use both gas and electricity. The hybrid battery charges itself as you drive, so there’s no need to recharge manually. Just fill up the tank with gas as usual.
  • Though hybrid cars use gasoline, the additional electric motor enables them to use much less. That means you’ll enjoy phenomenal gas mileage on Woodbury roads. 
  • Because hybrids pool two energy sources together, there’s no need to worry about a low battery. You can feel free to take long road trips without finding a charging station nearby.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Plug-In Hybrid Models

Plug-in hybrid vehicles blend the advantages of the hybrid and the electric vehicle together. Like a hybrid, they contain a gas and electric power component. But like an electric car, they can drive on electricity alone. Here are a few reasons why plug-in hybrids might be the choice for you:

  • Plug-in models have a bigger battery than hybrids, so they can drive on pure electric power. This allows you to reduce your gasoline consumption, while also reducing your emissions.
  • Because their batteries are larger, plug-in models must be plugged into a power source to recharge. However, you can simply use any grounded outlet to charge at home or find a public station around St. Paul.
  • If range anxiety has turned you away from electric vehicles, a plug-in hybrid might be the perfect option. You get the benefits of a pure electric range, but you also have a traditional gas engine as a backup if your battery runs low.

Find Your Next Ride With Mauer Chevrolet

We’ve gone through the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, but which is the best choice for you? Find out with Mauer Chevrolet, and take a test drive in Inver Grove Heights today. We’d be happy to introduce you to electrified modes like the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, as well as other fuel-friendly options for the open roads ahead. Contact us to get started!


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