What’s the Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Models?

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More and more drivers in the Raleigh and Apex areas are making the switch to more eco-friendly vehicles. If you’re not quite ready to adopt the EV lifestyle just yet, you still have plenty of great options to help you cut back on fuel consumption and harmful emissions. We highly recommend hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

So, what’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles? Conventional hybrid vehicles use gas and electric power simultaneously. The gas engine is used to keep the medium-sized batteries charged. A plug-in hybrid is equipped with a larger battery that’s charged through a 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt charging unit. You can drive on electricity alone for shorter distances, and once the battery has been depleted, the gasoline engine takes over. 


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

What are the benefits of hybrid vehicles? You can enjoy an efficient ride around Holly Springs without altering your driving habits. Enjoy better fuel economy figures without the need to stop and charge your vehicle. If you do not have access to a home charging station or there are not many charging stations in your area, this may be a good fit for you. 

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

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are also equipped with a gasoline engine and an electric motor, but how these vehicles utilize both elements differs. A plug-in hybrid vehicle will primarily run on its battery-powered electric motor for shorter distances. Once the battery is drained, then the gas engine kicks in. Rather than the two power sources working in conjunction, plug-in hybrid vehicles treat the gasoline engine as a backup plan. 

If you’re looking for the most efficient option, a plug-in hybrid is the way to go. Complete local errands around Cary without the use of gasoline. 

Find Your Efficient New Ride at Hendrick Chevrolet Cary

If you’re still wondering about the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, why not visit Hendrick Chevrolet Cary to see how they compare in person? We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us or stop by today. 


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