Difference Between Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid in a tunnel


The Denver roads are filled with hybrid and electric vehicles as the market has grown bigger and bigger, but making the switch can feel a little overwhelming for some drivers. So in this guide, we’re here to walk you through the difference between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid options. Both models use both electricity and gas, but they differ in the way they utilize your fuel. Take a closer look at the hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid mechanics, and visit Planet Hyundai to take a spin in a few models.

 

 

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Hybrid Models

A hybrid model is probably the most familiar of the eco-friendly designs on the market. The hybrid uses both a gas engine and an electric motor to power your Denver travels. The engine helps keep the batteries charged, while the electric motor skyrockets your fuel economy. While the components of a hybrid are different than a standard gas-powered vehicle, the driving experience feels the same. No need to recharge or plug in.

  • Primarily gas-powered
  • Engine charges battery
  • No need to plug in

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid Models

While a plug-in hybrid also uses gas and electricity, the energy is deployed in a different way. The hybrid plug-in runs on its battery-powered electric motor until it is drained, and then it switches to its gas-powered engine. This means that during short trips, you can rely on a purely electric range for zero emissions and incredible fuel savings. However, you’ll need to recharge your battery by plugging into a 120-volt household outlet, 240-volt charging unit, or public charging station.

  • Primarily electric
  • Able to run on pure electricity
  • Plug in to charge battery

Explore the Hybrid Lineup at Planet Hyundai

We’ve gone through the basic difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, but we recommend taking a test drive to really get a feel for them. Contact us with any questions or stop by our showroom in Golden to try models like the Sonata Hybrid, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid up close. You can even schedule your test drive in advance, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your automotive needs!

 

More from Planet Hyundai

  • What is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Towing Capacity?

      If you’re in need of a sleek and modern pickup for your Colorado travels, then you’re sure to appreciate the incredible power of the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz towing capacity. So, how much can Hyundai Santa Cruz tow? When equipped with AWD and the available trailer brake system, this model can tow up…

  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior

      If you’re looking for an enhanced pickup to transform your Colorado travels, then you’re sure to love everything about the new interior Hyundai Santa Cruz features. With expanded seating and cargo space to ensure you and your passengers stay comfortable and you can get through your day with ease, it’s easy to do more at…

  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Trim Levels

    A new SUV can make all the difference to your Colorado commute or weekend road trips, and you’re sure to find a great option with the new 2022 Hyundai Tucson trim levels. You’ll have four distinct configurations to choose from that each offer competitive pricing to fit your budget and exclusive features to meet your…

Planet Hyundai 39.7305689, -105.175733.