Electric cars and hybrid cars run on electricity. Hybrid cars run on a combination between electricity and gasoline to help boost the fuel economy. We’re breaking down how plug-in hybrids work.
- Gas Pump
- Fuel Tank
- Combustion Engine
- Conventional Drive-train
- Electric Power Outlet
- Electric Motor
- Regenerative Brakes
There are a lot of plug-in hybrids on the market these days, including the Prius Prime, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, to name a few. These cars work by having both a conventional internal combustion engine and a battery pack in the car.
Plug your car in overnight to charge up the battery (some manufacturers are boasting a full charge in as little as 2 hours). Once your car is charged, hop in and take it for a spin. For the range of the battery, your vehicle should run off of that power. Once that battery is depleted, your vehicle will switch to the traditional engine and continue running. This way you get the fuel efficiency of a hybrid with the power of a conventional engine. Most of these cars also have regenerative brakes that allow the unused energy from stopping to help recharge the battery while you’re driving.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime
The Toyota Prius Prime is expected to have an EV only range around 22 miles. More than 15 years after the first Prius hit the market, the newest rendition is still the benchmark for hybrid vehicles. The newest model’s styling is a bit more intense than previous versions. The angles are sharper and offer a more muscular look.
2017 Ford C-Max Energi
2017 Ford Fusion Energi
Ford has a couple hybrid options, the Ford C-Max Energi and the Ford Fusion Energi. Both have a range of around 19 miles. The C-Max Energi is priced at $32,600 while the Fusion Energi sits at a starting MSRP of $33,900. For the Fusion Energi, you’re looking at about 100 miles per gallon in this full-size sedan. Even after the battery has depleted, the Fusion Energi still gets about 38 miles to the gallon.
2017 Audi A3 E-Tron
The Audi A3 E-Tron can get you about 16 miles on its electric charge. Combine that with the 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine and you’ll be turning heads wherever you go. This vehicle gives you four different driver-selected modes. EV, or full electric is the default, but you can also choose auto, hold and electric modes. Auto blends the gas and electric drivetrains, hold uses gas to reserve the electric power and charging mode turns the gas on so you can recharge the batteries while driving.
There are quite a few other electric and hybrid vehicle options out there. Take a look and see which ones are the best options for your lifestyle or your family.