Electric or Hybrid: What’s Better to Choose in 2020?
So, you want an electric car, and it’s no wonder — it is fast, powerful, eco-friendly, and simply stylish. But the question is, what kind of electric car suits you best: pure electric, plug-in hybrid, or a full hybrid?
In this article, we’ll help you find that out by reviewing the main characteristics of all three types.
Full hybrid cars
Full hybrids, also known as self-charging hybrids, have a standard petrol or diesel engine and an electric motor that gives them pure electric running at low speeds for short distances. That engine won’t get you far away and serves only to boost performance.
Full hybrids don’t require the plug-in, as the engine charges them during the free-running or braking. Also, they have lower emissions and you can get a good economy from them. Still, you should drive carefully to get that economy, because the efficiency drops very quickly when you start a hard drive.
Speaking about their price, they are pretty affordable and cost less than plug-in hybrid cars. However, if you regularly drive on a short distance, a plug-in hybrid can get you a better running cost. Still, if you do the high mileage, the full hybrid car can be a better car for you.
Plug-in hybrid cars
Also called PHEVs, the plug-in hybrids, such as the Volvo XC60, also have an electric engine as well as the petrol or diesel engine.
Once you’re out of electric power, the petrol or diesel will kick in, and you can drive your hybrid just as same as you would drive a usual car with a combustion engine.
Most of the plug-in hybrids will produce 20 miles or more on pure electricity, but you’ll have to plug-in them regularly. That will be cheaper on tax and also less expensive on run. The only disadvantage is that they’re costly to buy and they aren’t fuel-efficient when you run out of electricity.
Pure electric cars
The real benefit of pure electric cars is that they’re eco-friendly and are making no negative impact on the environment. Also, they are fuel-efficient and low in tax costs.
The most modern electric cars can produce 150 miles or, even, more. However, if you go low on charge, you’ll have to find a charging point and plug-in your electric car. Unfortunately, finding a charger outside the cities can become a real headache. Also, charging a pure electric car takes time, and you’ll have to spend some about 30 minutes if you need to do a few more miles.
Another real disadvantage of pure electric cars is their price, as they cost significantly more than hybrids.
Both electric and hybrid cars have advantages and drawbacks, so you can’t say for sure that some cars a better than others. Your lifestyle and budget should dictate what electric car you should buy, so think carefully about the mileage you’re going to do and where you will drive.
Think over your needs and make a well-thought decision, and your electric car will serve you the best during the upcoming 2020 year.