What is The Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles?

With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, you may have come across terms like hybrid and plug-in hybrid. While both types of vehicles offer improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, there are distinct differences between them.

What Is The Main Difference?    

The main difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles lies in their electric driving capabilities and charging options. Hybrid vehicles use a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, with a limited electric-only driving range and no external charging requirement. On the other hand, plug-in hybrids have larger battery packs, an extended electric range, and the ability to charge externally.

If you are looking for a longer explanation, don't worry because we still have a lot to cover. Let's take a closer look at both of them and how they distinguish from each other. 

Hybrid Vehicles    

Hybrid vehicles utilize a combination of an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor. The electric motor assists the engine during acceleration and low-speed driving, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Here are some defining features of hybrid vehicles:

Regenerative Braking: They use regenerative braking, which harnesses the kinetic energy generated during braking to charge the battery. This energy is then used to power the electric motor.

Self-Charging: Hybrid vehicles do not require external charging. The electric motor is primarily powered by the vehicle's internal combustion engine and regenerative braking.

Limited Electric Range: Hybrid vehicles have a limited electric-only range, typically a few miles. The electric motor supplements the engine but cannot solely power the vehicle for extended distances.

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles    

Plug-in hybrid vehicles, also known as PHEVs, combine an internal combustion engine with a larger battery pack and an electric motor. Unlike traditional hybrids, PHEVs offer a more substantial electric-only range and can be charged externally. Here's what sets plug-in hybrids apart:

Extended Electric Range: PHEVs have a larger battery capacity, allowing for a more significant electric-only driving range. Depending on the model, this range can vary from around 20 to 50 miles or more.

External Charging: Plug-in hybrids can be charged from an external power source, such as a standard electrical outlet or a dedicated charging station. This enables drivers to charge their vehicles overnight or during the day for extended electric-only driving.

Fuel Efficiency and Emissions: PHEVs offer improved fuel efficiency compared to conventional vehicles, as they rely more on electric power. This translates to reduced tailpipe emissions and a smaller carbon footprint.

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Looking for a shop you can trust with your Hybrid or PHEV? Kamphaus Auto Care is the simplest and most secure answer. Our specialists will take good care of your vehicle, ensuring it will perform at its best!

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