Hybrid vs Electric: Which is Right for You?

2021 Porsche Taycan Driving on Highway Exterior

There are plenty of benefits to upgrading your traditional gas-powered vehicle to a new hybrid or electric model. But you may be stuck trying to decide which is better to suit your Farmington Hills needs. Fortunately, Fred Lavery Porsche Company ‘s official comparison of hybrid vs electric has everything you need to know about these two types of vehicles! Read on, then head to our website to check out our inventory of new and pre-owned hybrid or electric Porsche vehicles to make an informed decision.

Hybrid Cars vs Electric Cars: the Basics

Although they are both alternatives to traditional gasoline vehicles, there are a few basic distinctions that set hybrid vs electric cars apart. Here is an overview of each type of vehicle along with the core differences between the two:

Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars often get lumped together with fully-electric cars because they are more efficient than the traditional gas-powered vehicle, but they do still technically run partially on gas. A hybrid model uses a gasoline engine for forward motion, but uses a secondary electric motor to accompany it. These two components work together to heavily reduce your gas mileage and improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. And the electric motor’s battery is self-charging, which means you’ll never need a power source to plug it in!

Electric Cars

Electric Vehicles (EV) have no engine, and run only on electric power. Because the battery-powered motor has to cover the entire vehicle without an accompanying gasoline engine, EV batteries are much larger than their hybrid counterparts. Unfortunately, this means that the battery cannot charge itself, so you’ll have to plug your EV into a home or public charging station to keep the battery in top condition. However, these charging stations are widely available across Farmington Hills and are more than easy to install in your home garage. Mileage for EVs depends on the power of the battery, which varies from vehicle to vehicle. For example, the 2021 Porsche Taycan has an equivalent electric range of 79 mpg (combined) at full charge.

Hybrid Vehicles: The Benefits

If you’re hesitant about upgrading your gas-powered vehicle, you may want to choose a hybrid vehicle as a nice stepping stone from gas to electric. Your driving habits can stay the same, but you can significantly reduce your fuel usage and improve your mileage at the same time. Here are some other important benefits of hybrid vehicles:

  • EVs tend to be a bit more expensive, while hybrids are more affordable
  • Self-charging battery – no need to look for charging stations
  • You can fuel your vehicle up at any gas station

If you’re planning a road trip around Rochester Hills or if you have a long daily commute to and from Bloomfield Hills, we’d recommend a hybrid. The battery charges itself and you can use any gas station to fuel up, so you don’t have to change your usual driving habits.

Electric Vehicles: The Benefits

With an electric vehicle, you’ll totally eliminate the need for gasoline, which will have a significant effect on your wallet! Along with great long-term savings, you’ll also be helping the environment and decreasing your carbon footprint. Other common benefits of EVs include:

  • No tailpipe emissions
  • No engine noise means a quiet ride!
  • Save money by eliminating the cost of gas
  • No oil or engine maintenance – heavily reduces maintenance costs
  • Location-based EV incentives (varies by location)
  • Home or public charging options

Looking to just take your car around the Birmingham area? An EV may be the perfect choice! EVs still get great mileage despite having no gasoline engine, and if you have a full charge, you may even be able to take your vehicle on a longer road trip. With the number of public charging stations only increasing with time, you can start hitting the roads of Bloomfield Hills with no fear of running out of battery.

Compare Hybrid vs Electric Cars at Fred Lavery Porsche Company

No matter what kind of upgraded vehicle you’re looking for, Fred Lavery Porsche Company is here to help. We’ve got a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles in our inventory and we’re sure you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Contact our office with any questions or for more information on hybrid cars vs electric cars. Or, if you’d like to check out our vehicles in person, head to our Birmingham dealership for a closer look!

 

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