Hybrids & Electric Vehicles Explained: What Are the Differences?

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular around the world as people become more worried about climate change and as gas prices continue to rise . Continue reading if you’re considering purchasing an environmentally friendly vehicle to see which type is the best fit for you.

What is a hybrid car?
A hybrid vehicle is one that is 100 percent gasoline-fueled yet does not rely only on its gasoline engine for propulsion. Hybrids also have electric motors, which help delay the use of the gasoline engine, saving fuel. Both systems can work together at times for added power. When you use the brakes, their electric motors convert to generators, and the energy recovered during braking is stored in a small battery for use when you accelerate from a stop the following time. This is called regenerative braking.

What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?
A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) is a gasoline-powered hybrid with a larger battery that can be recharged using external electricity from a power outlet. When a plug-in hybrid’s battery is charged, it functions as an electric car, with the gasoline engine shut off. When the battery dies, the car’s engine kicks in, allowing it to function like a regular gasoline hybrid. It also uses regenerative braking to save gasoline. It’s worth noting that some PHEVs are mistakenly branded as hybrids. If you can plug it in while also filling it up, it’s a plug-in hybrid.

What is an electric vehicle?
In the most broken down sense an all electric vehicle is any vehicle that exists without the use of a gas engine. An electric vehicle (EV) has a large enough battery and a powerful enough electric motor to give adequate range and performance.

What to learn more about the different types of electric vehicles? We encourage you to stop by one of McLarty Daniel’s six dealerships serving the areas of Centerton, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Pea Ridge, Springdale, and Rogers, Arkansas.