What You Need To Know About Plug-In Hybrids

Are you considering buying a hybrid car? Do you want the reduced cost of the higher gas mileage or the feeling of knowing that you’re causing less pollution to the environment? Either way, you might want to hold of on that purchase for a while. A new type of engine is being designed that can get even lower gas mileage than a hybrid vehicle and they are set to be available soon. What’s this wonderful invention? It’s the plug-in hybrid.

A plug-in hybrid can be thought of as a hybrid between a regular hybrid car and an electric car. It can take long trips just like a hybrid car, but it can cost as little to run and be as environmentally friendly as an electric car if used only on short trips. A regular hybrid car has an electric and a gasoline engine. The electric engine charges through the gas engine, instead of being plugged in. A plug-in hybrid has an electric and a gas engine as well, but the electric engine is charged by being plugged into an outlet. This way, you can primarily use the cheaper and more environmentally friendly electric engine when making short trips. For longer trips, the gas engine takes over. This means the plug-in hybrid is cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly than a regular hybrid, but it doesn’t die after a few hours (unless you forget to put gas in) like an electric vehicle.

You may be thinking, “How is this any cheaper than a regular hybrid engine? Electricity costs money too!” The truth is electricity is a lot cheaper than gas. While gas has been consistently jumping above $3/gallon, the amount of electricity required to get a car as far as a gallon of gas costs about $1! And if you only take short trips in your plug-in hybrid, you’ll rarely use your gas engine and get close to this price for your mileage all the time. Imagine how much money you could save.

Many people may argue that a plug-in hybrid isn’t really more environmentally friendly than a gas engine or regular hybrid because pollution is produced during the production of electricity. The truth is, extensive studies have been done to compare the pollution output of a gallon of gas and the amount of electricity required to power an electric engine just as far. These studies have shown that through the entire process, electric vehicles produce significantly less pollution to travel just as far. And unlike a normal hybrid car, a plug-in hybrid car doesn’t produce its electricity by burning fuel, making it significantly cleaner than normal hybrid cars.

Hopefully this information will help you make a more informed choice about your next vehicle. Happy driving!

Posted: January 22nd, 2008
at 8:03pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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