All-Electric Vehicles vs. Plug-In Hybrids

December 23rd, 2015 by

All-Electric Vehicles vs. Plug-In Hybrids

One of the greatest debates about the future of the automotive industry is the argument over whether battery-electric vehicles (BEV) or plug-in hybrids, also referred to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). BEV’s have a small number of moving parts. BEV’s can be made very small, and the overall car design to be centered on room for passengers, luggage space, handling and safety.

It should allow for the lowest possible service costs over time.Aside from tire rotation, at some point after the car’s first decade of service, you might consider trading in the battery for a fresh one. The bad news? Batteries for BEV’s are very expensive.
Could make for a fast car. By abandoning the entire internal combustion engine driveline, a high-performance car can be created with a low center of gravity providing maximum acceleration and handling.

Conventional hybrids combine both a gasoline engine with an electric motor. They can’t be plugged in and recharged like BEV’s can. Instead their batteries are charged from getting energy when braking and using regenerative braking that converts kinetic energy into electricity.

Depending on the type of hybrid, the electric motor will work with the gasoline-powered engine to reduce gasoline use or even allow the gasoline engine to turn off altogether, and hybrid fuel-saving technology can dramatically increase fuel economy.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) are similar to conventional hybrids in that they have both an electric motor and internal combustion engine, except PHEV batteries can be plugged into an outlet and charged.

Using electricity instead of gasoline is cheaper and cleaner; the average cost to drive 100 miles on electricity is only $3.45 compared to $13.52 for driving 100 miles in a gas-powered vehicle.

Come check out the huge inventory of battery-powered and hybrid vehicles currently available at Berlin City Nissan of Portland today serving Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and surrounding areas.

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