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08/30/2016
If you've ever been interesting in buying a new vehicle that is fuel efficient, the chances are that you've considered a hybrid or even an electric vehicle. So, which one is better? Do they both have good qualities and bad qualities? In today's post, Jim Ackney, authorized AMSOIL dealer in Edmonton is going to explore the world of hybrid and electric vehicles to find out if one is actually better than the other.

Hybrid Plug-In vs. Electric

Plug-in hybrid cars are  exactly what they sound like, hybrid vehicles that can be plugged in. Some examples of hybrid cars include the Toyota Prius Plug-In, the Chevrolet Volt, and the Cadillac ELR. Basically, plug-in cars use two separate power trains to drive the wheels, one is electric and one is gasoline powered. The electric motor lets drivers go a certain limited distance often between 30 - 40 miles. The normal gasoline engine kicks in once the electric motor is depleted. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, are completely electric and are not dependable on gasoline at all. Popular examples of electric cars include the Ford Focus Electric, The Tesla Model S, and the Nissan Leaf. Because electric vehicles only use electric power, there's no backup engine to save you when you run out of juice. But since there is often more room for batteries because of the lack of a gasoline engine, electric vehicles have a much longer electric-only range than plug-in hybrids. No matter what type of vehicle you have, make sure that you maintain the engine property with AMSOIL synthetic oil in Edmonton. Call Jim Ackney at (780) 476-0545 to learn more about the benefits its continued use can provide. Electric vehicles can offer several advantages over plug-in hybrids. The main benefit of an electric vehicle is that electric vehicles are better for the environment than plug-in hybrids since they don't use gasoline for fuel. That means a lot if you're interested in lowering your carbon footprint as much as possible. Also, due to the fact that electric vehicles don't use any fuel, you end up saving big on gasoline costs because the cost to fill up your gas tank is much more expensive than the cost to fully charge an electric vehicle. Because electric vehicles offer a longer range than plug-in hybrids, drivers who want to drive for a long time without using any fuel are better served with an electric vehicle. The largest drawback to electric vehicles would be their range. This is because a hybrid can still travel 100 - 300 kilometers once it has run out of electric power due to its gas engine. An electric vehicle on the other hand, can only travel around 100 - 200 km on average per charge and it is a lot more difficult to find a charging station in the middle of nowhere than a gas station. In other words, if you want to take a road trip in an electric vehicle, you really have to have your route nailed down. Plug-in hybrids also come with their own advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage to the plug-in hybrid is range. While an electric car can only travel as far as its batteries will allow, a plug-in hybrid can travel as far as it wants to because it has a gasoline engine along with its electric powertrain. The ending result is that plug-in hybrids get the best of both worlds: a vehicle that can be efficient around town and a traditional car range for longer trips. The largest drawback to choosing a plug-in hybrid is simply the lack of choice. There aren't that many vehicle models to choose from, as most automakers have chosen to produce fully electric vehicles instead of hybrids. This is because today's drivers are interested in not taking half-steps when it comes to protecting the environment, it's either all or nothing. So, if you're looking for a wide variety of options, going with a fully electric vehicle is your best bet. In conclusion, if you're looking for a vehicle that you can take on longer road trips and still benefit from low fuel costs, you want to choose a plug-in hybrid. If you're looking for a vehicle that will be used for your daily commute and a little bit of traveling, then an electric vehicle is the choice that will benefit you the most. For more great content, check out this post on how to become a more environmentally conscious driver.

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