Have you been looking at hybrid and electric cars at Motorworld Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM and weighing your options? It’s easiest to decide which vehicles suit you best when you understand how they work and what sets them apart. Here’s a guide to hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles.

Hybrid Vehicles

A hybrid vehicle refers to a vehicle that is powered by two different sources, typically a gasoline-powered engine and an electricity-powered motor. Some hybrids have more than one electric motor. Many hybrids switch to gasoline power once you reach 15 mph (or once your charge is too low). Then, your battery is recharged by your internal combustion engine and regenerative braking while you utilize your engine’s power.

Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

The powertrain of a plug-in hybrid vehicle is similar, although it utilizes a larger battery. This helps a plug-in hybrid drive longer strictly on electric power. A plug-in hybrid can charge itself as it drives, but you can also charge it yourself by plugging into an outside energy source. There are both at-home and public charging stations available to help you conveniently charge anytime.

Electric Vehicles

An electric vehicle is set apart by the fact that it doesn’t use an engine at all. It is powered strictly by electricity. Therefore, you must plug in an electric vehicle to charge it so that you can drive it. Since they don’t utilize an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions. So, if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, this is your best option.

Still have questions? We encourage to visit Motorworld Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM  and take a few test drives. The best way to see the appeal of each option is to see them in action. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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