Hybrids vs. Plug-in Hybrids

2022 Hyundai Hybrid Charging


You’ve doubtless heard about the benefits of hybrid-electric vehicles, or, as they’re commonly known more simply, “hybrids”. But what about plug-in hybrids? What’s the difference between hybrids and plug-in hybrids? Hyundai of Las Vegas is here to offer answers! In essence, plug-in hybrids are a subclassification of hybrids. That said, there are some key differences between the two vehicle types, including whether or not you need to charge the vehicle or if it charges itself. Read on or contact us at Hyundai of Las Vegas to learn more!

What’s the Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Cars? 

  • Hybrids: Conventional hybrid cars, or hybrid-electric vehicles, make use of a gas engine and an electric power source. They use their gas engines along with regenerative power supply technologies to self-charge, often resulting in better city fuel economy than highway fuel economy. 
  • Plug-in Hybrids: As the name suggests PHEVs, have bigger battery packs that must be charged via a 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt charging unit like a true electric car. Plug-in hybrids start each drive with pure electric power and switch to gas when required, meaning you can drive them like EVs for short ranges. 

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

Hybrids have many benefits, one of which is the marked improvement in fuel economy they provide when compared to standard gasoline-powered vehicles. 

Traditional hybrids propel themselves without the need to stop and re-charge. This can be a major advantage for drivers who are looking for extra MPGs without any extra hassle. In essence, hybrids provide greater fuel efficiency without much real sacrifice, and the added benefit of being able to drive long distances with no worry of range anxiety. Hybrids often also allow you to drive solo in the HOV lane on the highway!

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

Plug-in hybrid cars also utilize a gasoline combustion engine and an electric motor like hybrids. The way energy is deployed differs greatly from conventional hybrid models, though. When driving around North Las Vegas to start with, a plug-in hybrid, unlike a regular hybrid, will generally only use battery power like a true electric vehicle. Once the battery is drained, then the gas engine will take over, sometimes as a generator to power the electric motor, and sometimes entirely, depending on the particular hybrid.

In essence, plug-in hybrid vehicles treat the gasoline engine as a backup plan. This makes plug-in hybrids a great compromise vehicle for someone looking to switch from a hybrid to an EV who is also worried about range.

Advantages that come with choosing a plug-in hybrid vehicle include the potential for pure electric driving and renewable energy charging. Since you can pre-charge your vehicle, many plug-in hybrid cars offer the range you need to run errands around town on pure battery power! In fact, with the average driver in the U.S. commuting around 27.6 minutes or 39 miles, a plug-in hybrid realistically offers more than enough electric-only range with the added cushion of never stranding you anywhere in Paradise or Henderson due to the gas motor always being there as a backup.

Find Your Efficient New Ride With Hyundai of Las Vegas

Ready to upgrade your ride to something more fuel-efficient? Check out Hyundai of Las Vegas’s selection of hybrids & EVs for sale. From the Hyundai IONIQ hybrid to the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, we’ve got you covered with our inventory! Not finding what you want in-stock? Custom order a hybrid or plug-in hybrid that is tailor-made for you!

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