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Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

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If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly vehicle, you’re probably comparing the different hybrid vehicles available in our inventory. The Honda brand has an excellent reputation for producing reliable and long-lasting hybrid vehicles for Zephyrhills drivers. However, you may be wondering which type of hybrid car is right for you: a standard hybrid or a plug-in hybrid? Learn more about the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles with Wesley Chapel Honda below, then contact our team to arrange a time for a test drive!

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: The Basics

You may be wondering: What’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid? We’ve listed the main differences between these vehicles below:

  • Standard hybrid vehicles rely on their gas engines to keep their batteries charged as you drive.
  • Standard hybrid vehicles use their gas and electric motors interchangeably to maximize your fuel efficiency. 
  • Plug-in hybrids use a larger battery that is charged with a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet at your Tampa home. They also have a “backup” gas engine.
  • Plug-in hybrids use electric power until it’s depleted, then switch to the gas engine. 

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Standard Hybrid Vehicles

There are many benefits that come with making the switch to a hybrid vehicle over a conventional model. To begin, hybrid vehicles can maximize your fuel economy by switching between using their electric engine at lower speeds and the gas engine at higher speeds. Plus, traditional hybrid vehicles are an excellent option for Land O' Lakes drivers who don’t want to rely on home charging. Since the gas engine charges the battery as you drive, you won’t need to stop and recharge the internal batteries to continue receiving high fuel economy ratings. 

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Plug-In Hybrid Models

Plug-in hybrid models also work with a gas engine and an electric motor, but the way that energy is distributed is different compared to standard hybrid models. A plug-in hybrid will primarily run on its electric motor until it’s depleted, then the gasoline engine will take over. 

Rather than having two engines working simultaneously, plug-in hybrid vehicles use the gasoline engine as a “backup” for when the electric engine is out of charge. The distance traveled while operating solely on the battery is known as the vehicle’s electric range. However, once that limit is reached, you’ll need to plug your car in to regain battery power. 

If you’re searching for a vehicle that will help you save significantly on gas, then a plug-in hybrid like the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is an excellent choice. Since you can pre-charge your vehicle, many plug-in hybrid cars offer the range you need to run errands around town or take your commute on pure battery power, allowing you to save gas for longer trips. 

Test Drive Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid Models at Wesley Chapel Honda

Now that you know more about the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, visit our Wesley Chapel showroom to take a test drive in each model! Our team will help you determine whether a plug-in hybrid or a standard hybrid is the right choice for your commute, and our finance team will help you save with our dealership specials, and federal and state hybrid incentives. Apply for financing today to get behind the wheel of a new Honda!

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