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Hybrid vs. Electric Cars: What’s the Difference?

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV charging while parked

 

Lots of Daytona Beach drivers are fed up with gas prices and making the switch from gas-powered vehicles to hybrid or electric cars. Which one is best for you depends on your Daytona Beach lifestyle, budget, and driving needs. Here Daytona Mitsubishi compares hybrid vs. electric cars so you can make an informed decision and find the best new vehicle for you and your family.

The Difference Between Hybrid vs. Electric Cars

What are the respective benefits of hybrid vs. electric vehicles? First, let’s clarify the core differences between hybrid cars vs. electric so you can decide which is best for your Port Orange commute. 

Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars still use gasoline. However, unlike traditional gas-powered vehicles, hybrids aren’t solely reliant on the gas engine to generate power. Along with the gas engine in hybrid cars is an additional electric motor. The gas engine and electric motor work concurrently to provide power for your Ormond Beach drives. 

The electric motor battery in hybrid vehicles self-charges, so you never have to worry about plugging into a power source and you still get to enjoy substantially better fuel economy. 

Electric Cars

An electric vehicle (EV) runs completely on electric power. There is no engine, only a battery that operates the electric motor. AN EV battery is much larger than the ones in hybrid cars. Electric vehicles must be plugged into a public or in-home charging station to charge the battery, and the mileage range varies depending on the make and model. 

Benefits of Hybrid Vehicles

When trying to choose between hybrid vs. electric, you’ll find hybrid cars are a good option for those Palm Coast drivers who are a bit apprehensive about switching from gas to electric. You’ll still get significant fuel savings without having to change your driving habits much. Other benefits of hybrid cars include:

  • You can stop and fuel up at any gas station around Daytona Beach
  • The battery in a hybrid car charges itself
  • Hybrids are typically more affordable than EVs

If you have a lengthy commute or enjoy going on long road trips but don’t want to worry about running out of power, a hybrid vehicle is a great choice. 

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

EVs eliminate the use of gas entirely, leading to considerable long-term savings. They are also better for the environment. If you want to increase your efficiency and decrease your carbon footprint, an EV might be perfect!. Common advantage of electric vehicles include:

  • Potential tax savings and incentives depending on your location 
  • Nearly zero (or zero) tailpipe emissions
  • No engine noise
  • Fewer maintenance costs because there are no oil changes or engine maintenance
  • No money spent on gasoline 
  • Flexible charging options, including in-home and public options

If your daily driving is mostly quick trips around town, an EV is likely a good choice! 

Compare Hybrid vs. Electric at Daytona Mitsubishi

If you’re still trying to decide between hybrid cars vs. electric cars, Daytona Mitsubishi can help. Contact us for more information on hybrid and electric car options, or head into the dealership to explore our new car inventory. We invite you to complete an online credit application and reach out to us today!

 

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