We hear this question a lot at 610AutoHaus. Hybrid cars differ from electric cars in how they derive power. An electric vehicle runs on electricity only, whereas a hybrid will run on electricity and another fuel source. For those who only use their automobile to buzz around town in short excursions, an electric vehicle is an excellent option. If you have a commute or drive long distances regularly, you’ll do better with a hybrid or traditional automobile.
If you are an environmentalist who is determined to reduce your carbon footprint to nearly nothing, then you’ll only be satisfied with an electric car. As mentioned above, these cars are powered by electricity only, which means they release zero emissions into the environment. This is why they’re called a ZEV or Zero Emission Vehicle. People can power their electric vehicles in their homes or at local charging stations. If you power your home through solar, you’ll really reduce your carbon footprint as the electricity is generated by the sun’s natural rays.
While the concept of and technology behind electric vehicles is excellent, they haven’t taken off in the United States as much as their manufacturers had hoped they would. One reason why is their limited distance capabilities. The battery inside the electric vehicle can only go so far between charges, 50 miles on average, which means you’re limited in your driving distance unless you have charging stations along your route – not very likely. Electric vehicles require minimal maintenance, however, and that pro outweighs the distance con for many.
Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of electricity and gasoline. In most cases, the engine is divided into two sides: gasoline and electricity. Internal combustion makes up the gasoline’s side of the engine, while the electricity’s side uses powertrain technology. Even though the vehicle isn’t powered 100 percent by electricity, it still uses less fuel to run and thereby reduces its greenhouse gas emissions. For those with a commute, this vehicle is a good choice. The car will utilize both electricity and gasoline to operate, which extends its distance capabilities.
To boost the fuel-efficiency even further, buyers should look for a hybrid with a large battery capacity. The more capacity the more the vehicle runs on electricity. We here at 610AutoHaus in Pottstown, PA, love European automobile technology, and notable European hybrids include the Audi A3Sportback E-Tron, the Volkswagen Golf GTE, and the BMW I3 Range Extender. Call us today at 610-427-4505 if you have any other electric or hybrid vehicle questions.