Comparing Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid Models

2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring in Modern Steel Metallic

What’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models? While both offer sky-high fuel economy and innovative technology, the two operate in distinctly different ways. A traditional hybrid vehicle will use gas and electric power simultaneously, automatically charging the built-in battery during Leominster drives. Plug-in hybrid models also use a combination of gas and electric power, but they prioritize the electric range. This means you’ll have a larger battery, but you’ll need to charge it externally. Get to know the two types of hybrid vehicles below, and see whether the hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid model is for you.



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

Between the hybrid vs, plug-in hybrid models, the hybrid is the most common one in Gardner. Models like the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Honda CR-V Hybrid have grown in popularity for their user-friendly green technology and money-saving fuel economy. Another big benefit of the hybrid model is convenience. You can continue your normal routes through Fitchburg as usual, filling up at your usual gas station. But, you’ll notice much better fuel economy and fewer trips to the pump. 

  • Battery self charges
  • Fuel economy increases
  • Never run out of range

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

The key difference between the hybrid and plug-in hybrids is the usage of electric power. The hybrid uses the gasoline engine and electric motor at the same time, but the plug-in hybrid prioritizes the battery-power electric motor. This allows you to drive on pure electricity – which is not an option on the traditional hybrid. But the plug-in hybrid is versatile, and if you run out of range, your car will use the gas engine to get you home. However, due to the size of the battery, you’ll need to plug it into a charging source in order to top off the battery. 

  • Can run on pure electricity
  • Fuel economy increases
  • Can pre charge your battery for greater convenience 

Find Out More with Ron Bouchard Honda

We’ve gone through the key differences between the hybrid and hybrid plug in models, and our hybrid inventory is just waiting for your test drive at Ron Bouchard Honda! Contact us with your questions about Honda’s newest green technology, or visit us in Lancaster today.


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