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Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

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Whether you are thinking of adding some electric power to your Waianae drives or you want to find out more about your options, you might be curious about the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars. While both types of vehicles use a combination of gasoline engine and electric motors, they aren’t the same! They are also different from the all-electric models and their benefits. Find out more below in our hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid guide!


What is the Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid? 

A hybrid vehicle uses gas and electric power at the same time and it relies on its gas engines to keep its medium-sized batteries charged. On the other hand, a plug-in hybrid vehicle uses a larger battery that is charged through a 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt charging unit. Plug-in hybrid models use only electric power first and then only switch to gas when the battery is out of charge or when it is necessary

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

If this will be your first car that uses electric power, you will find that driving a hybrid model in Ewa Beach is almost the same as driving your traditional gas-powered model. While you don’t necessarily feel a difference on the road, your car is powered by a gas engine and an electric motor at the same time, which will significantly improve the fuel economy and allow your gas engine to recharge your battery as you drive

Bottom Line: A hybrid model is easy for drivers who just want more efficient rides without changing their habits. 

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

What about plug-in hybrid cars then? While they also rely on a gasoline engine and an electric motor, they don’t use them the same as a hybrid car. A plug-in hybrid vehicle will only run on its battery-powered electric motor until your battery is drained and then it will switch to the gas engine and operate as you’ve always known it. In other words, the gasoline engine for plug-in hybrids is moreso the backup plan and you will need to recharge your battery like you would with an all-electric model

Bottom Line: The main difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models is that using pure electric power in Waipahu will be more environmentally friendly. If this is your main reason for something other than a traditional gas-powered car, then a plug-in hybrid is right for you! 

Get Into Your Efficient New Ride at Honolulu Buick GMC

Is a hybrid or plug-in hybrid model your cup of tea? Check out our used inventory to see which models we have available! If you decide to stick with your current model, take a look at our service specials on how we can get your ride to be as fuel-efficient as it can be. Regardless, we are here to help you drive as efficiently as possible in Honolulu!

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