Advantages of Buying a Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle

Is this the year you finally bite the bullet and buy a new plug-in or hybrid car? Is this the year you cut back on unleaded? Is this the year your family plays a role in saving the planet? With Honda committing to go 100% electric (or alternative fuel) over the next decade or two, in addition to increased sales of and demand for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs), you might be viewing the world with a greener filter in the very near future.

Of course, saying you’re going green is a far different story than actually going green. There’s a lot holding you back from buying your first electric vehicle — like how and where to charge it, range anxiety, and America’s slow-growing EV infrastructure. Then again, there’s a lot pulling you toward an EV lifestyle — like having a smaller carbon footprint, no-hassle maintenance, and zero reliance on oil companies. 

If only there were a middle ground between 100% electric and gasoline!

Well, there is! Thanks to technological advancements in the alt-fuel industry, new Honda hybrid cars and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) offer that EV lifestyle you’ve dreamed of, with an extra splash of gas-powered tradition to soothe the soul (and any leftover range anxiety you may have). Here are the main benefits of buying a hybrid or PHEV — like the Honda Clarity, CR-V Hybrid or Insight — while you wait for the EV game to pick up in America.

6 Reasons Why You Should Own a PHEV or Hybrid Car

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Improved Battery Life

Just a decade ago, PHEV and hybrid car batteries weren’t nearly as well-built as they are these days. In 2010, for instance, many plug-ins and hybrids experienced noticeable battery degradation before the odometer saw 100k miles. Today, hybrid vehicle battery life expectancy has improved substantially, as most hybrids or PHEVs exceed 100,000 or even 150,000 miles without battery failure. 

Aiming to improve battery life expectancy and range, car manufacturers, including Honda, have prioritized battery research and development. 

Many batteries have gone from a then-standard nickel-metal composition to a more efficient lithium-ion cell pack. This has resulted in hybrid car batteries becoming more powerful and reliable, yet more lightweight and compact in structure. Better yet, costs for producing these hybrid car battery packs has decreased by over 85% since 2010.

Work is also currently being done to produce car batteries that can last up to a million miles!

Excellent Warranty Coverage

Due to their uniqueness and internal complexity, hybrid cars, especially plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, are also covered by excellent warranties. For example, the 2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid comes with an exceptional high-voltage battery limited warranty* of 8 years or 100,000 miles. 

This same warranty is provided with all Honda hybrid vehicles, including the Honda Insight, Honda CR-V Hybrid, and Honda Accord Hybrid.

Less Range Anxiety & More MPGe

Ten years ago, average driving ranges for electric cars like the LEAF hovered around 100 miles. After 100 miles, you’d need a plug or a tow back home, as few electric car charging stations existed outside of California.

Today, with models like the Honda Clarity Plug-In, you get up to 340 miles* on a full charge. Public PHEV and EV charging stations are also found in most major cities in the country.

Even when compared to plug-in hybrids of yesteryear, today’s PHEVs are more efficient. For example, the 2011 Chevy Volt had an EPA-estimated MPGe rating of about 93; the 2021 Clarity PHEV is EPA rated for 110 MPGe*.

Federal Tax Credits

Did you know that federal EV tax incentives aren’t just for electric vehicles? If you choose an eligible plug-in hybrid electric car, you may qualify for a partial or even a full tax credit. 

For instance, the new Honda Clarity, which is available for sale in select regions, is eligible for the entire $7,500 EV tax break. (Older Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid models, now discontinued, also qualify for a reduced tax credit.) 

Local EV Incentives

Most if not all states offer a variety of incentives when you buy a PHEV or a BEV. These range from discounts on electricity rates to rebates on charging stations. You’ll need to check with your local utility company about any PHEV offers available in your area. 

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Here are the state incentives available in Arizona as of July 2021:

Arizona PHEV Incentives

  • Flagstaff Sustainable Automotive Rebate Program – Give back a portion of local tax paid on purchase of a plug-in hybrid vehicle (1.6% rebate), electric vehicle (2.0%), or hybrid vehicle (1.6%).
  • Alternative Fuel Parking Incentive – Special parking available for carpool operators.
  • HOV Lanes – Permitted use of HOV lanes, regardless of number of passengers.
  • Reduced License Tax – Electric vehicle license tax is decreased to a minimum of $5.
  • Salt River Project – Get a $1,000 rebate when you buy or lease a qualified plug-in electric vehicle; off-peak charging rate reductions; up to $1,500 rebate for each EV charger installed by a business
  • Tucson Electric Power – Off-peak electricity use (PHEV charging) is discounted by 5%; $500 rebates available for new PHEV chargers; rebate for 75% of the cost of PHEV charger installation.
  • APS Take Charge AZ – Free EV and PHEV charging equipment, installation and maintenance available to businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and multifamily communities/apartments.
  • State Tax Exemptions – Certain alt-fuel vehicles, including PHEVs, are exempt from state use tax.
  • Vehicle Emissions Exemption – Certain alt-fuel vehicles, including PHEVs, are exempt from annual emissions inspections for the first 5 registration years.
  • Honda Hybrid Offers – You may be able to save hundreds or thousands of dollars when financing or leasing a Honda Accord Hybrid, Clarity Plug-In, CR-V Hybrid, or Insight at a Honda dealer near you.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

A smaller carbon footprint is perhaps the biggest reason to get a green car. Simply cutting your personal CO2 emissions by 25% — buying a hybrid car and carpooling to work once a week, for instance — is equivalent to planting dozens of trees each year. If you can offset some of your greenhouse gas emissions, you’ll be that much closer to becoming carbon-neutral.

Here’s a look at how Honda hybrid vehicles perform against gas-powered rivals in CO2 emissions*:

VehicleEstimated CO2 Emissions (annual)Equivalent # of Trees to Offset Emissions
2021 CR-V Hybrid6274 lbs.73
2021 Nissan Rogue AWD8049 lbs.94
2022 Hyundai Tucson AWD10139 lbs.118
2021 Mazda CX-59718 lbs.113
VehicleEstimated CO2 Emissions (annual)Equivalent # of Trees to Offset Emissions
2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid2167 lbs.25
2021 Honda Insight4585 lbs.52 
2021 Honda Accord Hybrid4967 lbs.57
2021 Hyundai Elantra6676 lbs.78
2021 Hyundai Sonata7533 lbs.88
2021 Nissan Altima7299 lbs.85
2021 Toyota Camry8974 lbs.104
2021 Toyota Avalon9331 lbs.109
2022 Subaru Legacy7782 lbs.91
2021 Mazda 68049 lbs.94

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As you can see, the grass is greener when you’re the owner of a plug-in EV or hybrid car. Not only are you reducing pollution by driving a green car, but you’re also saving money by cutting gas stations out of the equation. It’s a win-win.

To find the best hybrid car or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the Phoenix area, visit your Valley Honda Dealers. We will help you build or choose your ideal eco-conscious Honda model. Simply request an online quote or call your closest Honda dealer near Phoenix to learn more about our hybrids or PHEVs.


Disclaimers: 

8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty covers abnormal loss of capacity in the hybrid’s high-voltage battery. Other warranties may provide additional coverage for the high-voltage battery. See dealer for details.

Clarity – 110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline-only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving-range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving-range rating. Based on 2021 EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Emissions data calculated at 12,000 miles driven annually with combined-mpg ratings. Tools utilized via terrapass and EPA