Hybrid vs. Electric Car – Which Should You Buy?

2023 Chevy Bolt EV Charging


High gas prices have been making electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV more and more popular with Stratford drivers lately. Hybrid cars have also become more popular. Maybe you’re in the middle of your own internal hybrid vs. electric car conundrum. It can be confusing trying to parse the differences between these types of vehicles, so we’ve put together a hybrid cars vs. electric cars comparison below.



Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars – Saving on Gas

If you want to cut out trips to Cornwall gas stations entirely, fully electric vehicles, or EVs, are the way to go, as they use no gas. But, of course, there is the cost of electricity to consider. Hybrid cars, on the other hand, have both an electric motor and a gas engine, so they need their gas tanks filled up from time to time. However, hybrids don’t use nearly as much gas as conventional combustion engines. Plug-in hybrids, or PHEVs for short, use even less gas than hybrids.

Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars – Cost of Gas

  • Electric cars – no gas costs, but incur costs from electricity usage
  • Plug-in hybrids – some gas and electricity costs, but significantly more fuel-efficient than either hybrids or combustion gas engines, with dedicated electric mode
  • Hybrids – uses gas, but typically less gas than a conventional gas-driven vehicle.

Hybrid vs. Electric Car – Charging the Battery

Charging is one difference between these types of electrified vehicles. EVs and plug-in hybrids need to be plugged in to charge, while conventional hybrids do not. Most electric cars can be charged up to 80% in half an hour or less at a rapid public charger, and can take 12 hours or more for a full charge at home, depending on the charging method. That’s something to consider if you have a particularly busy schedule. Many EV owners purchase a home charging station to significantly reduce charging time.

Hybrid vs. Electric Car – Charging

  • Electric cars – must be charged, can take significant amount of time.
  • Plug-in hybrids – need to be charged for the electric motor to work, though the gas engine will take over if the battery dies.
  • Hybrids – do not need to be plugged in, as the electric motor is charged by the gas engine. Significantly less fuel-efficient than plug-ins and EVs.

Check out the Chevy Bolt EV at Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC

Have we helped you solve your internal hybrid vs. electric car debate? Why not come down and test drive the Chevy Bolt EV or Bolt EUV? We’d be happy to put you behind the wheel of one of these remarkable automobiles. If you’d like to learn more, check out our post on the Chevy Bolt EV range. We’re just down the road from PEI, so drop by or call us at 833-914-1419 to set up a test drive in advance!


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