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.
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.
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.
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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