Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid

2021 BMW Hybrid Lineup


Drivers in the Manchester area looking to reduce their carbon footprint will often look into purchasing a hybrid vehicle. Did you know that there’s a couple types of hybrids you’ll encounter during your shopping experience? In this article, brought to you by our knowledgeable product specialists, we’ll discuss the highlights of and differences between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid cars.

So, What’s the Difference?

When it comes to hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid cars, the core difference is that the plug-in hybrid utilizes a larger battery that is charged via a 120 or 240-volt charging outlet, while the traditional hybrid relies on regenerative braking and engine components to charge its medium-sized battery. It’s worth noting that plug-in hybrids run on electricity by default and only switch to engine power when necessary. Read on to discover more about these propulsion systems and please remember to give us a call or reach out to us online if you have any further questions!

Benefits of Traditional Hybrid Models

When you consider its basic form, a classic hybrid vehicle operates similarly to a traditional gas-powered vehicle because the engine is running or assisting almost all of the time, except perhaps at very low speeds. If you’re looking for incredible gasoline fuel efficiency, without dealing with waiting at a charge station, a traditional hybrid may be an excellent option for you. You can view our selection of hybrid vehicles today. 

Benefits of Plug-In Hybrid Models

In a sense of similarity, plug-in hybrid models also operate with a gasoline and electric motor in tandem, but the strategy by which the power from each source is deployed is different than the traditional hybrid, to say the least. As mentioned before, a plug-in hybrid vehicle will run primarily upon electric power, until the battery is drained, at which point the gas engine takes over command of the drivetrain. Instead of two power sources working together simultaneously, plug-in hybrids separate their use almost entirely. 

If you’re a Bedford driver looking to get into the hybrid scene, it’s worth knowing that in the case of a plug-in hybrid, the distance you can travel upon electric power only is known as the vehicle’s “electric range.” This will be a term worth knowing whenever looking into electric or hybrid vehicles of this type. Of course, at the end of your electric range, you’ll need to recharge your battery in full to achieve this distance on electric power only again.

Find Your Efficient New Ride With Tulley BMW of Manchester

Now that you’re a hybrid-shopper with hybrid-knowledge, it’s time for a test drive, we’d say! Our expert team of knowledgeable product specialists is ready and waiting to assist you with finding the perfect green electric hybrid vehicle to suit your needs in efficient style! Looking to save time on our showroom floor? Pre-qualify for financing online! As much as our finance team loves working with our customers, we know you’d like to get the number crunching out of the way ASAP! We’re excited to see you, so stop by soon!

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