As many of us know, the automotive industry has been making leaps and bounds towards a more “green” solution for our daily drivers. Of course, they’re not perfect so you need to pick and choose depending on how much you drive and other preferences. Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more popular and advanced. Mileage, cost, location and efficiency can be big factors when choosing a hybrid or electric vehicle. There are some characteristics of each that should be taken into mind when considering which to buy, too.
Conventional hybrids of course maintain their burned power source while also having an electric motor which engages as additional power. This does still increase fuel efficiency and is a combination used in many modern supercars, too. They work much like regular cars, just with the addition of the electric motor. Another kind of hybrid is what’s known as a “plug in”. These kinds use their electric as its’ primary source of power, being charged externally. Once the electric motor has run out of battery though, the car will switch to it’s other engine, working as a regular hybrid until it is once again charged. This kind works especially well if you’re driving short distances to and from work, yet also go for longer trips often as you get the range of a fuel engine when you need it. Hybrids tend to have quite a bit of maintenance, and are quite expensive. Of course you will still have all of the maintenance you would have on a regular car, with the added cost of an expensive electric motor.
The bonuses of electric vehicles are great, but you will be sacrificing quite a bit in exchange. Electric cars do perform quite well, they have good torque in comparison to conventional engines. This is because they don’t need to build revs to generate their power. Of course hybrids may also have this effect with their electric motors. Of course, electric cars are much greener than standard, and even hybrids. Electrics suffer when it comes to range, some do well, of course but at an elevated price. They do not require nearly as much maintenance as conventional engines, though replacements may be costly. Unless you’re in a city, travel may be difficult as charging stations are not too common. On top of this, the charging process takes a long time, making road trips somewhat hard.
There are many good reasons for having either an electric or hybrid vehicle. Each have their own benefits and even their downsides. Those who travel far and often will likely be better off with hybrids. If you’re in the city, leading a busy life an electric can be very useful and cost-effective in the long run. Replacements can be costly as previously stated, too. When making your decision, it will be worth it to make sure you know what you need and what is most cost-effective.