What Are Plug-in Hybrids?

EV Guides Apr 24, 2020

Plug-in hybrids(or PHEVs) combine some of the best aspects of fully electric and gas-powered cars. Unlike the hybrids of a decade ago, PHEVs can be run purely on battery power. They can be a great choice for those looking to switch to electric, but are worried about range anxiety.

Most PHEVs, like the Toyota Prius Prime, have a battery-only range of 20-30 miles. This means that you can probably run emissions free for most of your daily driving. But you never have to worry about running out of battery.

For those looking to switch to electric, running out of battery could be their worst nightmare. While there are many systems in place on EVs to prevent that ever happenings, if it does, you're stuck. And just that possibility could scare some off of buying EVs.

PHEVs provide many of the huge advantages that EVs bring, like far lower fuel cost and emissions. But they completely eliminate range anxiety, and allow for far more convenient road trips. They're also much better than EVs for towing, assuming their engine is strong enough, since towing in an EV can half your range.

PHEVs can be a great option for first-time EV buyers who have concerns about going fully electric. They can help you adjust to plugging in every night, but without worrying that you won't be able to drive if you forget. And down the road when you're ready to switch over to fully electric, you can always list your car here on EVsnap!

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