Difference Between Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV charging while parked

If you’re searching for a more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient new ride for your Reading commute, you may wonder about the difference between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles. While all hybrid models are powered by a combination of gas engines and electric motors, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars have different benefits. 

So, what’s the difference between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid? Regular hybrid vehicles use gas and electric power. A plug-in hybrid uses a larger battery charged through a standard 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt charging unit. Learn more about the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles here with Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading, and contact us with any questions.



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

A regular hybrid vehicle feels the same as most any vehicle you would drive around Pottstown. It starts every drive using the electric battery and automatically switches to gas when the battery runs out. This significantly improves fuel economy on Lancaster streets and doesn’t disrupt your usual driving habits. Regular hybrids are self-charging so you never have to plug them in.

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

Plug-in hybrid cars also have a gas engine and an electric motor, but they use energy differently than regular hybrid models. A plug-in hybrid primarily runs on its battery-powered electric motor, which must be plugged in to charge. Still, once the battery is drained, the gas engine takes over, but it treats the gas engine as a backup. The vehicle’s electric range is the distance traveled while operating only on the battery. Once that limit is reached, you’ll have to plug in your car to get more battery power. Plug-in hybrids typically have a longer electric range, so if you want to reduce your carbon footprint more drastically, a plug-in hybrid vehicle might be your best option. 

Find Your Next Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid at Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading

Now that we’ve discussed the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrids, why not head to Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading for a test drive in the new Outlander PHEV? We are conveniently located neat Allentown and happy to assist you. Feel free to apply for financing before your visit, and contact us when you’re ready to move forward. We’re here for you, from traditional hybrid to plug-in hybrid models, or even certified pre-owned vehicles! Contact us today!


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