How much electricity does a plug-in hybrid car use?

I’m used to using public chargers in Los Angeles, but now we’re moving to Northern California. I want to be more informed about how much electricity my 2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid uses each time I charge it up. How much electricity would you say a plug-in hybrid uses?

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Tara Malenfa
Answered on May 17, 2022
Congrats on the move! Northern California has the best of everything! Wine country, majestic forests, fog rolling into dreamy beachside coves. I want to go back to visit just thinking about it!
There are actually two types of plug-in hybrids. With **Series Plug-in Hybrids **or **Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREVs) **as they’re also called, only the electric motor turns the wheels. The gas engine can only generate electricity, and sometimes the auto can rely on that for short trips around town.
With** Parallel or Blended Plug-in Hybrids**, The electric motor _and _the engine run the wheels and move the vehicle forward. Only at low speeds will the car operate in an electric-only mode.
Here’s what we know about electricity use from plug-in hybrids:
  • Compared to gas-powered cars, plug-in hybrids use about 30% to 60% less petroleum.
  • Most households will use a 120-volt outlet where the car can be charged for several hours at a time. Some use a 240-volt charger that speeds up the charging time.
  • Recharging at a public charger can take between one to four hours using a 240-volt outlet. Fast charges usually take about half an hour to get your hybrid plug-in back to 80% capacity.
  • While filling up with gas is still an option for plug-in hybrids, don’t expect to get the same range or fuel economy.
Now that you have a better idea about the amount of electricity your plug-in hybrid uses throughout the week, make sure throughout the month you’re not overpaying on your car insurance plan.
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