What is the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid?
Shopping through hybrids, you may have encountered a variant known as the plug-in hybrid. What is the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid? Actually, there is a big difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, and the difference is right in the name. You can plug in a plug-in hybrid. Let’s explore what that means and what benefits you have.
Does a plug-in hybrid still have a gas engine?
As its name implies, a plug-in hybrid still does have both a gas engine and an electric engine. However, you can plug this one in and charge an onboard battery pack independently of the gas engine. In other words, you can either fill up on power or fill up on gas. Of course, you can do both too.
Can you drive a plug-in hybrid on just electricity?
If you want to drive on just electricity, like an all-electric car, then you certainly can with most plug-in hybrids. Most plug-in hybrids have a very limited all-electric range typically built to cover an average commute distance of between 30 and 40 miles, though some are even shorter.
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When you run out of power though, your plug-in hybrid will transition seamlessly to a combination of both gas and electric just like a normal hybrid. However, because you have an onboard battery, you likely also have regenerative braking which will let you build power back into your battery to give you more electric range.
Do you have to charge your plug-in hybrid to drive it?
If you have a plug-in hybrid, you don’t have to plug it in to drive it. In fact, unlike an all-electric car, you never have to plug it in if you don’t want to.
However, you probably should plug it in. In general, electricity is cheaper to use per mile than gas, so the more you use your electric drivetrain, the more money you save, and the environment has to endure fewer emissions too.
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Do you need a special plug for a plug-in hybrid?
Because many plug-in hybrids require less energy than an all-electric vehicle, most models do not need a special plug. Instead, you can charge it off a normal 110-volt outlet. However, some may enable faster charging with a proper 220-volt charger.