Hybrid cars are becoming more talked about than ever. With more Hybrid vehicles on the road than ever before, the topic is getting more acknowledgment from the automotive world. Big manufacturers all over the world are continuing to buy in to the hybrid and electric car world, which will continue to push the popularity. What we are going to discuss today is your two options when it comes to the hybrid vehicle. The traditional hybrid vehicle, and the hybrid plug in option. We will start by finding out what are the main similarities between the two and move on to the main differences and why they might affect which vehicle you want to purchase.
Okay, so lets start with the main similarities between the two. Both of these vehicles use two propulsion methods. These are an electric motor and an internal combustion method. In certain situations when more power is needed for the vehicle, both of these are used simultaneously.
In the traditional Hybrid, which is often abbreviated HEV, at the lower speeds; the electric motor is usually where the power will be provided. As the speed increases, we will then be looking to the second method for propelling the vehicle and that is the internal combustion method. The plug in vehicle depends on just the electric motor for speed and propulsion. Only when the hybrids battery depletes to a predetermined level does the plug in use the second propulsion method (the internal combustion method) In short, the plug-in is ran by its electric motor alone and the gas is used to extend its range.
Comparing the efficiency of the two depends on how many miles you will be driving in your vehicle. Overall, the plug-ins energy savings will be much more substantial than the traditional hybrid mainly because its main power source is the battery powered electric motor. In the HEV, the engine is still powered by gasoline and the electric motor is used to complement the combustion engine.