Plug-ins vs. Hybrids: What's the Difference?

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Electric Vehicles at Jim Norton Toyota in Tulsa: Know the Difference

When you're shopping for an exceptionally efficient new car, you'd better have a hybrid vehicle on your test-drive list. But what about plug-in vehicles?

If you're unsure whether to shop for a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or EV, the Jim Norton Toyota team is here to assist. Here, we'll discuss plug-in vehicles and hybrid cars to help you determine which might be the better option for your driving style, preferences and budget.

So, what are the differences between plug-ins and hybrids? Let's take a look at the key differences between these two forms of electrified vehicles for sale.

Hybrid Vehicles

First, what does hybrid mean? A hybrid vehicle is a car that utilizes an internal combustion gasoline engine in tandem with an electric motor. This gas-electric hybrid configuration provides an automobile with enhanced fuel efficiency in both city and highway driving.

Typically, hybrid vehicles can run on electric power alone at low speeds before the full hybrid system kicks in to power the vehicle to cruising speeds and for great distances. So, a hybrid may produce zero emissions at low speeds since the gasoline engine is not yet activated.

Plug-In Vehicles

So, how do plug-in vehicles differ from hybrids? A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV for short, is a form of hybrid car equipped with a larger-capacity battery and can be plugged in to recharge. Plug-in hybrids can often travel limited distances on electric power alone. So, if you own a plug-in vehicle, you might be able to travel around 30 miles with a full charge before the hybrid gas-electric powertrain takes over.

The benefit of plug-in vehicles is that many motorists can drive emissions-free and gas-free on their commutes or during errands around town. Plug-in hybrids can be recharged quickly at home, allowing daily use of the electric propulsion before the hybrid drivetrain is required for extended driving.

Due to their larger battery packs and more advanced technology, plug-in vehicles typically cost more than comparable hybrid vehicles.

Explore Hybrid Cars and Plug-In Vehicles Near Bixby, OK

Now that you know more about the differences between plug-ins and hybrids, which would you choose? If you're still on the fence, no worries: just visit Jim Norton Toyota for a closer look at available Toyota hybrids and plug-in hybrids for sale near Bixby, OK.

Our new and used car dealership serves Broken Arrow, OK, area motorists with the full line of new Toyota hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as quality pre-owned options. If you'd like to experience the difference between a Toyota plug-in vehicle and a hybrid car for yourself, then don't wait to schedule a test drive!

We're the local source for dependable and fuel-efficient Toyota hybrids and plug-in hybrids around Owasso, OK, so shop and visit our nearby auto dealership today.

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