What’s the Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Models?

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Looking for a brand new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle for your Chandler commute? You’ve likely noticed the growing popularity of electric and hybrid models. Although green technology isn’t a relatively new development in the auto industry, there’s still a bit of confusion between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrids.



So, what exactly is the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles? Plain and simple, traditional hybrid cars use a combination of gas and electric power, using the gas engine to keep the moderately sized batteries charged. However, a plug-in hybrid takes advantage of a bigger battery that is charged through either a 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt charging unit. The key difference between both types of cars is that plug-in hybrids begin each drive using solely electric energy and transition to gas as needed.

Explore more differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles with the experts at Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Chandler below! Then, reach out to us at our Chandler dealership for a test drive of some of our more eco-friendly models today!

Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrids: Pros of Hybrid Vehicles

To most Edmond drivers, a conventional hybrid vehicle will feel more familiar than a plug-in hybrid model. Some of the biggest advantages of choosing a hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicle include:

  • More intuitive driving since traditional hybrids are closer in design to gas-powered vehicles.
  • Greatly improved fuel economy, since your vehicle is simultaneously powered by a gas engine and electric motor.
  • A combination of gas engine and electric motor means fewer stops at Oklahoma City gas pumps

Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrids: Pros of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Plug-in hybrid models also utilize a gasoline engine and electric motor, but plug-in hybrids will solely use the electric energy until the battery is drained. Then, the gas engine will take over. The biggest benefits of this type of hybrid vehicle include:

  • Plug-in hybrids are the most eco-friendly option for Tulsa drivers since you can travel long distances on the electric motor’s battery alone.
  • You can pre-charge your vehicle through an EV charging set up in your house, effectively eliminating trips to the gas station.
  • The gas engine is used as a backup once the primary battery dies, so you’ll save plenty of money on gas.

Find Your Next Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Today!

Have a better idea of the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models? Then we encourage you to explore our available models at Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Chandler today! Our finance team is standing by to provide you with more information, help you explore our rotating new vehicle specials, and assist you in getting pre-approved for financing.


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