Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid driving on city street


If you’re like many St Cloud drivers who want to switch to something more fuel-efficient, then you’ve probably had your eyes set on a hybrid vehicle. But, during your search for a hybrid vehicle, you’ve probably also found plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and thought they were the same thing. It’s important to know that there’s a difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and Morrie's Auto Connection has outlined the differences in detail to help you decide which option is a better fit for you!

What’s the Difference Between Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles?

The biggest difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles is the size of their batteries. Hybrid vehicles are more common among Albertville drivers and combine gas and electric power to garner better fuel economy. Hybrid vehicles use the gas engine to charge the battery-powered electric motor, which means hybrid vehicles don’t need to be plugged in to be charged. They usually use gas fuel first and then switch to electric power when the gas fuel levels run low.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) also combine gas power and electric power, but the battery-powered electric motor is much larger in a plug-in hybrid vehicle than a standard hybrid vehicle. Because of this, PHEVs are able to run longer on electric power than hybrid vehicles, but they don’t self-charge and need to be plugged in. PHEVs usually run on electric power first and then switch to gas power when the battery levels run low.

Hybrid Vehicle Advantages

Hybrid vehicles are more common, but do they offer more advantages than plug-in hybrid vehicles? Take a look at some of the advantages of a hybrid vehicle:

  • Don’t Need to Be Plugged In: Hybrid vehicles use the power from their gas engines to charge their electric motors as they drive around St Cloud. So, they don’t need to be plugged in.
  • More Affordable: Hybrid vehicles are usually less expensive than plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Advantages

If you choose to drive a plug-in hybrid vehicle, you’ll enjoy a unique set of advantages not found with a standard hybrid vehicle:

  • Longer Electric Driving Range: Plug-in hybrid vehicles have a larger electric motor, which means they’re able to operate longer solely on electric power.
  • More Savings on Fuel Costs: Because plug-in hybrid vehicles can run longer on electric power, they allow drivers to save more on fuel costs than hybrid vehicles.

So, which option is better for you? It depends on which of the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles appeals to you. If you like the ability to not have to stop and plug in your vehicle to charge it, then a hybrid might be better for you. However, if driving for longer periods of time on electric power is more your style, then you’d probably prefer a plug-in hybrid.

Test-Drive a Hybrid Vehicle in St Cloud!

Would you like to test-drive any of our pre-owned hybrid models? Contact us to schedule a time to take any model for a test drive, or visit our dealership at any time!

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