The Difference Between Electric, Plug In Hybrids And Hybrid Vehicles

10 or 15 years ago we never worried nor thought about hybrids and electric vehicles much. There were hybrids and electric but there weren’t as popular or efficient as they are now. It was rarely someone would have bought an electric or a hybrid vehicle over one that runs on gas.

Gas is a finite resource and over the years it had been depleting and gas prices rising. People started looking for alternative fuel and started having an interest in cars that work using alternative forms of fuel. This resulted in many car manufacturers getting on board with electrical and hybrid vehicles. There are many variations of these vehicles but they are all based on hybrid, plug in hybrids and electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are vehicles that purely run on electricity. Electric vehicles have no gasoline engines and run off the car batteries. Battery charging speed varies from battery capacity, voltage and vehicle model. Therefore charging times can from 1 hour to 8 hours depending on method used. Rapid charging allows vehicles to be charged in 1 hour or less. The distance the vehicle travels defer too. The best-selling all electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf has a range around 100 to 135 km depending on the model year and the Tesla model has a range of 330 to 430 km. It is possible to jump start another car with an electric car and you won’t require car jump start services.

Hybrid vehicles

General Hybrid vehicles have gasoline engines as well as batteries that stores energy for the electric motor. These vehicles don’t need to be charged like electric vehicles because when the engine runs the power is stored in the batteries. At low speeds or when the vehicle runs at a constant speed the electric motor is used and when the car needs more torque the engine is used. Most vehicles shut off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. They usually switch between gas and electric depending on the load and speed. Hybrids are very efficient and have very good fuel economies. Vehicles such as the Toyota Prius are known for their high fuel economy and are in high demand. Hybrids can be jump started if the battery is dead therefore jump start services will be required if the car stalls.

Plug In Hybrids

Plug in Hybrids vehicles hold the middle ground between normal hybrids and electric vehicles. Plug In Hybrids work like normal hybrids but unlike normal hybrids where the engine charges the battery you can plug in the vehicle to charge like an electric car. Some cars allow the driver to switch between only electric mode, hybrid mode and gas mode. Unlike electric cars plug ins have a range of 30 to 50 km but with each new model they improve the all-electric range. This was introduced in the Chevrolet Volt as is one of the efficient vehicles available today.