With all the buzz circulating around Hybrid cars, you may be left with some questions. Let’s dig into these Hybrid vehicles a little more and hopefully answer some questions!
Electric Vehicles (EV) use a battery instead of a gas tank and use an electric motor instead of your typical combustion engine. These types of vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions.
Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) are a combination of a gas engine and electric. They have a battery, electric motor as well as a gas tank. So they use both fuel and electricity to get around. PHEVs produce tailpipe emissions only when the gasoline engine is being used.
All Hybrids are in a sense self-charging, they use regeneration to recharge the battery. This is how EVs manage to work without the need for a plug-in. On the plug-in ones, this regeneration still occurs it just replenishes what you are using to a point.
EV Hybrids driving range is generally less than what it would normally take for a gasoline vehicle to need a fuel up, but normally still enough to satisfy the average persons daily driving needs. Instead of MPG for these vehicles, you will see it called MPGe meaning miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent.
PHEV Hybrids are typically pretty comparable to gasoline vehicles as far as driving range goes. You can view a chart HERE that gives you the driving range and charge times of EVs and PHEVs. This site also gives great tips and lets you compare cars side by side.