Electric Vehicles vs Plug-In Hybrids
The battle rages on between electric vehicles vs plug-in hybrids and deciding which option is best for your lifestyle. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids both provide low-emission alternatives to vehicles that run exclusively on fuel. Whether you want the increased fuel economy and range of PHEVs or you’re looking for the guilt-free power offered by electric vehicles, it’s easy to decide which is right for you.
PHEVs and electric cars have in common that they are charged via wall plugs which you can install at home, or you can just use charging stations nearby your work or home.
PHEVs have two drivetrains, an electric motor and a gasoline engine which usually operate at different times. The electric motor will run until it runs out of power, at which point the gas engine will start back up. This means PHEVs have exceptional range, since they have both an all-electric and hybrid gasoline range. PHEV electric range tends to be around 30 to 40 miles.
All-electric vehicles still have better electric ranges than PHEVs, usually anywhere from 80 miles to 200 miles, but their lack of gasoline engine means they have a more limited range overall than PHEVs. For many drivers, though, the lower range is a fine price to pay for the zero-emission electric motor.
Which one is right for you depends on your driving habits. If you go out of town a lot or have a very long commute, a PHEV is probably better for you; charging a vehicle can take up to an hour, so being able to rely on your gasoline engine and stop at the pump is convenient.
On the other hand, if you mostly stay in town and drive around the city, EVs are a great choice. They generate energy when you hit the brakes, so driving in the city actually makes your charge last longer!
Kia as two eco-friendly vehicles to choose from. Learn about the all-electric Kia Soul or the Kia Optima Hybrid at Carriage Kia. For your convenience, Gainesville, GA and Atlanta both have plenty of charging stations set up in and around the city so you will always be charged up and ready to go! Contact us today to receive more information on the Kia Soul EV or Optima Hybrid today! The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is set to debut this Fall, so stay tuned for more information on that!