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!


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