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Not all vehicles are made the same. That may seem obvious enough, but it’s especially important when you’re comparing hybrid and electric cars to traditional vehicles.
While gas vehicles are the most common option, the fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness of electric and hybrid cars have made them strong contenders in the last few years.
If you’ve began the process of shopping for your next car and are unsure of what direction to go next, read on to learn a little more about the difference between hybrid, electric and gas vehicles.
How They Work
Traditional cars use gasoline to power internal combustion engines. They ignite to create an explosion inside the engine cylinder, turning the wheels of your vehicle.
Meanwhile, an electric vehicle (EV) does not use an engine at all. Instead, it is powered exclusively by an electric motor with a big battery bank. The range of the car is controlled by the charge and capacity of the battery.
Hybrid vehicles can offer the best of both worlds with both a gasoline engine and an electric motor.
Benefits of Hybrid / Electric
Electric motors provide up to three times the efficiency as gas engines, which means they use a third of the energy for performing the same work! Not only are they more energy-efficient, but electric-powered vehicles also reduce emissions and operating costs.
As battery and electric engine technology improves, EVs can drive longer distances off of a single charge. Most electric vehicles provide enough range for daily use, and there are charging stations available all over the nation. When coupled with a home battery charging station, you can easily travel just about anywhere!
Plus by combining a battery pack, an electric motor and a gas engine, hybrids can provide both the practicality of gasoline engines and the convenience of electricity.
The Impact of Traditional Gas Cars
While gasoline packs a lot more energy, it’s also highly flammable and toxic. When it evaporates, it emits vapors and substances that contribute to air pollution such as:
- Nitrogen oxides
- Carbon monoxide
- Unburned hydrocarbons
- Particulate matter
- Carbon dioxide (or greenhouse gas)
What’s Right for You?
An electric or hybrid vehicle might be the right choice for your next ride if you’re looking for something that’s more power-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you’re ready to make the switch, a fully electric can help you save big throughout the lifespan of your next car. Or if you want to get the best of both worlds, a hybrid might be the right choice for you!
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