Hybrid or Electric Car?

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Photo Credit: Toyota UK via photopin cc

“Green” cars are making several appearances and are growing in popularity as consumers demand new ways to be eco-friendly and preserve planet Earth. These cars can be “plugged-in” and charged to get its power, and usually have gas or electric motors that power the car to get you to each destination. These cars are not only great for the environment, they are truly great for reducing gas costs and getting the optimal use out of your vehicle. These state-of-the-art cars both come with different features and like most new, developing technology, they also come with a list of advantages and disadvantages.

Plug-in hybrids offer the best of both worlds, meaning they come with the convenience of being able to be charged as well as run off of gasoline. The fact that they still need gasoline can be a disadvantage, however, it can also be a convenience if you are somewhere where you do not have an available charging station. Depending on your driving patterns and duration of your trip, you may not use hardly any gasoline at all if you do resort to fueling your car with gasoline.

There is also a wider range in operating plug-in hybrids, so you don’t have to face any range anxiety that you would with a plug-in electric vehicle. The downside to the plug-in hybrid cars is that they do require a quite expensive upkeep because you are maintaining both the electric batteries, which are expensive by themselves, as well as gasoline.

Photo Credit: Toyota UK via photopin cc

Photo Credit: Toyota UK via photopin cc

Electric vehicles are not fueled by gasoline at all, and operate solely on 50% coal, a small amount of gasoline, and their batteries are charged at your home or any other charging stations available at your convenience. These vehicles also offer exceptional torque, as well as acceleration. Electric cars are very quiet, and there are no emissions, making them even better for the environment than plug-in hybrids that still require some gasoline to operate.

There are some disadvantages to being an electric car owner, and the lack of charging stations available is probably the number one reason. Since the number of gasoline-fueled cars greatly outnumber the amount of EV and hybrid cars, and the fact that they are still new, means that there are not very many charging stations available at your convenience. This problem, however, is being solved slowly. Again, these cars also require very pricy lithium batteries that can take a toll on your bank account while trying to maintain these vehicles.

There are downsides and upsides to both vehicles, however, both of these cars are wonderful assets to helping improve the environment and offer a wide-range of benefits to help cut down costs on consumers. Make sure you weigh out the pros and cons before you purchase. Is cost or convenience a matter of importance to you?

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