Hybrids and electric cars are both distinctly different. If you are considering buying an electric car, it is important to know the difference between a hybrid and an electric car.
A hybrid car uses both gas and electricity to run. In other words, it is a gas-electric vehicle. It charges its battery pack by plugging it into a wall outlet. Most hybrids can travel about 35 miles on battery power alone. Since hybrids use gasoline for longer trips, you still need to fill up the tank just like any other car. However, hybrids tend to get better gas mileage than their non-hybrid counterparts.
Despite their differences, there are many similarities between hybrids and electric cars. Both drive using an electric motor that draws its power from a large battery typically located in the trunk or under the hood of the vehicle. Both have automatic transmissions that shift gears seamlessly during driving. And both will require some amount of maintenance over time; however, this maintenance tends to be more extensive for electric vehicles than for hybrids.
Technical Differences Hybrid v Electric
A hybrid car is also known as a “combustion-electric” vehicle. It has two engines: one that runs on gasoline and one that runs on electricity. The gasoline engine powers the car at low speeds and the electric motor takes over at higher speeds.
The electric battery of an electric car provides power for both the ignition and the propulsion of the vehicle. Electric cars are usually classified as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).
Purpose of Each Type of Vehicle
Hybrid cars are designed primarily to reduce fuel consumption and decrease emission levels of greenhouse gases, while improving performance and comfort. They can travel a certain distance using just their electric motor before they need to recharge their batteries with gasoline.
Electric cars, on the other hand, do not require any internal combustion engine, although some can run on gasoline if needed. They are designed for commuters who live in areas with limited access to public transportation and do not need to travel far distances on a daily basis.
The downside of hybrid vehicles is that they cost more than regular gas-powered cars, although prices are falling quickly . Also, some hybrid models are actually less fuel efficient than comparable non-hybrid models due to the added weight of the battery packs used in hybrids.