Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid: Which is Right for You?

If you’re ready to trade in your traditional gas-powered vehicle for a more efficient hybrid, it’s important to understand the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars so you can make the best choice for your driving habits in Fremont. Compare hybrids vs. plug-in hybrids in the guide below to find the right fit!

Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Hybrids and plug-in hybrids both have a traditional gas engine as well as an electric motor. However, a traditional hybrid car uses the gas engine and electric power simultaneously, and its battery is charged by the gas engine as you drive. A plug-in hybrid has a larger battery that needs to be charged using a separate plug-in power source, which can be a household 120-volt outlet or a special 240-volt electric car charger. Additionally, plug-in hybrid vehicles give you the option to cruise around Dublin on full electric power for a certain number of miles.

Advantages of Hybrids

If you’re a little worried about acclimating to a hybrid vehicle because you’ve only driven traditional gas-powered cars in the past, you might find it easier to transition into a standard hybrid vehicle. Because a standard hybrid runs on gas and electric power simultaneously and doesn’t require plug-in charging, there’s virtually no change required to your driving habits. You can enjoy serious improvements in your fuel economy without thinking much about it!

There are lots of different Lexus hybrid options available at Lexus of Pleasanton. Whether you’re interested in a sleek sedan like the Lexus ES Hybrid or a sporty SUV like the Lexus RX Hybrid, we can help you find the option that’s perfect for your lifestyle.

Advantages of Plug-In Hybrids

The key advantage of a plug-in hybrid over a traditional hybrid is that a plug-in hybrid is able to operate solely on electric power. Plug-in hybrids can travel around Livermore for a certain number of miles on electric power only, known as the electric range. If you reach the peak electric range while driving and the battery is drained, the gas engine takes over automatically. In order to replenish the battery power, a plug-in hybrid must be plugged into an external power source (hence the name “plug-in” hybrid).

If you’re looking for the best possible fuel savings and to lower your vehicle’s emissions, the ability to drive on full-electric power in a plug-in hybrid is ideal.

Discover a Hybrid You’ll Love at Lexus of Pleasanton

After comparing hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid options, have you determined which type of hybrid is best suited for your daily drives? No matter what type of vehicle you prefer, Lexus of Pleasanton can help you secure the keys. Contact us or stop by our dealership in Pleasanton when you’re ready to get started!

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