Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid going around curved road


If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option to upgrade your Louisville commute, the new Honda hybrid inventory at Fisher Honda includes a variety of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models for you to choose from. What’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models? Conventional hybrid vehicles use a combination of gas and electric power, relying on the gas engine to keep the battery pack charged. A plug-in hybrid utilizes a larger battery that is charged through a 120-volt household outlet or a 240-volt charging unit. In addition, plug-in hybrids start each drive with full electric power and switch to gas when needed. Learn more about the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles to see which is the best choice for you.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Hybrid Models

A conventional hybrid powertrain, such as those featured in the Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda CR-V Hybrid, pairs a gas-powered engine with an electric motor that work together to provide improved fuel economy. One important benefit of a traditional hybrid vehicle is that you don’t have to stop and recharge the battery pack, since the gas engine recharges the battery as you drive.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: Benefits of Plug-In Hybrid Models

Plug-in hybrid vehicles, like the Honda Clarity, also feature a powertrain that includes a gasoline engine and an electric motor, but the energy is deployed in a different way than it is in a conventional hybrid model. A plug-in hybrid vehicle runs primarily on its battery-powered electric motor. Once the battery is drained, the gas engine takes over.

The distance traveled while operating solely on the battery is known as the vehicle’s electric range. When you’ve reached the limit of your electric range, the gasoline engine kicks in as a backup. To return to electric power you’ll need to plug your car in to recharge the battery pack.

The main advantage of a plug-in hybrid vehicle is that it is a truly environmentally-friendly option. Most plug-in hybrids have an electric range that allows you to run errands in and around Longmont using only battery power.

Choose Your Efficient Honda Model Today at Fisher Honda

Now that you have an idea about the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, explore your options at Fisher Honda. Our knowledgeable sales team can fill you in on all you need to know about our Honda hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, while making sure that you take advantage of any applicable new vehicle specials. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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