Electric vehicles and hybrids are rising in popularity, but what is it about adding some electric flair to the driving experience that makes these kinds of vehicles so sought-after? Well, a big draw is fuel efficiency. When your vehicle depends, at least partially, on electric power, it doesn't need to use as much fuel. That means that you can go farther for less. So, what goes into EV and hybrid tech? What sets them apart from each other? Let's take a closer look!

How are EVs, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids different?

You might be looking at models like the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid and wondering what the different terms mean as far as how a vehicle functions. We can break it down for you. The thing that all these types of vehicles have in common is the ability to tap into electric power instead of just gas power. How much a vehicle relies on electricity determines the type of EV or hybrid it is.

Electric vehicles run on pure electricity. There's nowhere to put gas in an EV even if you wanted to, which means that you also won't find any tailpipes, tailpipe emissions, or any of the other typical traits of a car that has to burn gas to move. These cars are meant to be charged regularly so that you have enough power to get around town, and doing so is as simple as plugging in at home.

Hybrid vehicles use some electric power, but just enough to cut back your car's fuel consumption, which can help you save gas. Hybrid systems are designed to recharge on their own as you drive in order to help you continue the cycle of saving on gas.

Plug-in hybrids are somewhere in between EVs and traditional hybrids. These models are designed to have more battery power, which allows you to make entire trips using only electricity so that you only tap into your gas tank when your battery runs out. Like an EV, plug-in hybrids need to be charged in order to maintain their strength. Connecting to an outlet at home in Duncannon is all it takes.

How do you keep an EV or plug-in hybrid charged?

Fortunately, charging your car is as simple as charging anything else that you own. You just stick one end of a charging cable into your car and stick the other into an outlet. You don't need any kind of special setup; a standard outlet will do.

So, what happens if your car starts to run out of energy when you're on the go? The rise in EV and plug-in hybrid popularity has given rise to thousands of charging stations across the nation. So, getting a quick charge for a boost of energy at a charging station isn't any more complicated than getting gas at a gas station.

Why should I choose an EV, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid for my next car?

If spectacular efficiency is high on your list of priorities, then picking a car that taps into electric power might be the right choice for you. Vehicles with hybrid technology are designed to help you save fuel by giving your car a driving range that is either totally electric or supplemented by electricity, helping you to go farther while using up less gas. Electric vehicles, of course, don't require gas at all, which is ideal if you want to remove gasoline from the equation entirely and reduce your carbon footprint.

How can I learn more about EVs, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids?

We can answer questions and get you behind the wheel of a hybrid vehicle in our inventory right here at our dealership serving Harrisburg. If you have any other questions, please let us know!

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