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Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

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Since the introduction of the Honda Insight in 1999, the buzz around hybrid and electric vehicles has become louder – while the vehicles themselves have become much quieter. The technology and design behind these vehicles has since been made more efficient, and more available to consumers – as such, the hybrid vehicle has become popular in places like Seattle and beyond.

Recently, a new kind of Hybrid car, the plug-in hybrid, has entered the scene. What is a plug-in hybrid? What’s the difference between a traditional hybrid and plug-in hybrid? We’re here to answer these questions in this guide – as well as any others you may have! Reach out to us online if you’d like to discuss this topic further!

So, what’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid?

As you may already know, the traditional hybrid powered vehicle uses a combination of a battery-powered electric motor and gas engine for propulsion. In the case of the traditional hybrid, these power sources work in tandem, while a plug-in hybrid relies on power from it’s larger battery until gas power is needed or switched to manually.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: More on Hybrid Models

Transitioning from a fossil fuel vehicle to a traditional hybrid is a pretty easy move to make. The way a traditional hybrid functions feels typical of a traditional vehicle we’ve come to know. The immediate benefit of this change is an insane boost in fuel efficiency, which is what attracts many around Woodinville to make the switch.

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid: More On Plug-In Hybrids

Like we mentioned earlier, the plug-in hybrid also features a gas engine and battery power – the core difference is that the plug-in hybrid has a much larger battery that it relies on for power until fuel power is deemed necessary or is manually switched to. This system offers similar fuel consumption savings, but does have the added need to stop and charge the battery – which may be a deterrent for some people.

Honda of Kirkland has Hybrids & More!

Now that we’ve established the difference between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles, it’s time for you to experience one or both for yourself! Explore our inventory online, pick a vehicle, and use our handy Payment Calculator Tool to determine how a new plug-in hybrid or hybrid vehicle fits into your budget! See you in Kirkland, just a short drive from Redmond!

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