What’s the Difference Between Hybrid and Electric Cars?

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Plug-In

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What’s the Difference Between Hybrid and Electric Cars?

Eco-friendly cars are gaining in popularity as the Earth heats up and the sea levels rise. By design, they are meant to reduce the use of polluting fuels like gasoline and diesel.

An electric car runs only on electric current stored in an on-board battery. You charge the battery by plugging it into an external circuit. Electric cars generate no pollutants (Zero Emission Vehicles), as the only byproducts are water vapor and heat. As charging systems have evolved, modern specialized chargers can recharge an automobile battery pack in just a few hours. It takes quite a bit longer using a standard 120-volt wall outlet. Public charging stations are popping up all over the country, in locations like parking lots and parking meters. The prices of electric and gasoline “fill-ups” are now competitive, and better electric cars can now travel more than 100 miles between rechargings.

A hybrid is a “partial electric” vehicle, and it comes in two flavors. The original hybrid cars use some of the gasoline in the tank to charge the on-board battery, while the remainder powers a gasoline engine. The battery can drive a hybrid car in EV mode, but often for only a limited distance. A plug-in hybrid accepts gasoline in the fuel tank and electrical charging of the battery. Because it consumes gasoline, a hybrid does release polluting emissions, but less of them – they are Low Emission Vehicles. A hybrid car can travel several hundred miles between fill-ups.

Kia offers several eco-friendly vehicles:

  • Niro
  • Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Optima Hybrid
  • Optima Plug-In hybrid
  • Soul EV

We invite you to visit our Kia dealership to check out our extensive inventory of eco-friendly vehicles. We offer low prices and excellent service, so stop in today!