Hybrid vs. electric car: how do I decide which one to buy?
"I’ve been trying to make a decision for weeks and I keep waffling. How do I know which car is right for me?
Vina Geralde · Answered on Apr 14, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, both hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) fit the mold. However, you’ll need to consider a few different aspects of each to choose the right one for your needs.
Let’s start with EVs. Electric vehicles are a no-brainer choice in theory, as they give off zero emissions and require less maintenance (no oil changes or engine maintenance).
However, you’ll have to weigh the other issues associated with EVs. Are you willing to pay extra money for a fast-charger? If not, you might need up to 12 hours to charge your vehicle completely. Are charging stations available in your city? Without these stations, your range is significantly limited.
But if you answered yes to these questions and you aren’t traveling hundreds of miles at a time, an EV might be the ideal choice for you.
Hybrids are another excellent option for the eco-conscious, with specific consideration given to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). PHEVs use a hybrid drivetrain to go longer distances (engine plus battery), but they also have a plug-in charger that allows them to travel shorter distances (20 to 40 miles) on an all-electric charge.
If you’re using a PHEV for a short commute or to run errands, the plug-in gives you some added versatility. Regular hybrids also lower your emissions, as they provide 40 to 50 mpg. “
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