Car buyers have always had a lot of options when searching for a new car. Size, style, color, and helpful features are just some of the key components to consider.
In today’s car market, however, consumers have another important choice to make: how they want to fuel their vehicle. As always, they can choose a traditional car with a regular old gas tank. Or they can choose a more fuel-efficient option, such as a hybrid or electric vehicle.
But before making a decision, consumers should fully understand the differences between hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles. And what do you know? We’ve provided the differences below!
A hybrid vehicle is powered by a combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor. Hybrids work in different ways, depending on the driving situation (and the type of hybrid). In some hybrids, the engine simply charges batteries to supply power to the electric motor. In other cases, the systems work together to drive the vehicle and supply extra power when necessary. For example, when starting and stopping the vehicle and driving at low speeds— up to 15 or 20 mph — a hybrid may only use the electric motor. However, when the vehicle reaches higher speeds, the gasoline engine will take over.
There are a number of excellent hybrid vehicles on the market right now, including several hybrid Honda models like the Honda Insight and the Honda Accord Hybrid.
- The 2019 Honda Insight boasts higher horsepower than the competition, plus Apple CarPlay Integration and Android Auto Integration. It returns 55 city mpg, which is one of the highest EPA ratings in the segment.
- The Accord Hybrid has all the features of Honda’s best-selling vehicle, plus the benefits of a hybrid. It returns 47 combined mpg and loads of interior and trunk space.
The Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
A plug-in hybrid, or PHEV, has many of the same components of a hybrid vehicle with the addition of an electrical plug and a larger, more powerful battery.
The plug-in option gives the vehicle some extra ability to operate entirely on electric power. This can cut back on fuel consumption, although most PHEVs can only travel about 25 miles before the gasoline engine kicks back in. A plug-in hybrid can be charged in an outlet at home or an electric charging station found at gas stations and parks across the country. (The Clarity also offers both Level I and II charging for your convenience.)
The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is an excellent option for those who need an around-town car. The Clarity offers two ways to fuel, combining the benefits of gas and electricity. Unlike some rival PHEVs, the Clarity Plug-In can travel 47 miles on one charge, making it possible to drive to Phoenix or Tempe for work without consuming any fuel at all. Accounting for both the electric motor and gas-powered engine, its max range is 340 miles.
The Electric Vehicle (EV)
An electric vehicle, or EV, differs from a hybrid vehicle in that it has no gasoline engine. Since an electric motor is powered entirely by the battery in these vehicles, they emit no exhaust gases. This makes them considerably better for the environment.
Charging an electric vehicle usually takes longer than filling a gas tank, sometimes requiring an overnight charge, so consumers should keep this in mind when choosing between electric and hybrid. All EVs can be charged through a regular three-pronged AC outlet or a more powerful “fast charging” station as found at gas stations.
The Honda Clarity Electric can travel up to 89 miles on a single charge, and it offers the same fantastic design elements found in the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. Easy-to-read gauges make it simple to avoid running out of power, but if you do run out of power, Honda’s standard 24/7 Roadside Assistance will tow you to the nearest charging station for free. Currently, the Clarity Electric is only available for lease at Honda dealerships.
Which Honda Green Car Will You Choose?
Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles all provide incredible benefits to drivers and to the environment. These cars create less pollution and boast better mileage, saving drivers money. Federal tax incentives max out at $7,500, and many states even offer convenient incentives for driving these types of vehicles. Car shoppers should consider their individual needs before choosing which type of vehicle suits them best, but we’re certain that a Honda hybrid is right up your alley.
If you need help choosing the right Honda hybrid or PHEV in Arizona, visit your closest Valley Honda Dealers. We have locations throughout the Phoenix Valley Area.
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