Deciding what vehicle to get can be very difficult, which is why we’re here to point out some of the main differences, benefits, and drawbacks of both types. In the latter part, we’ll take a look at some of the best models currently available for sale.
Despite the popular belief, electric vehicles don’t exactly run for free. While it’s true that electricity is much cheaper than petrol, the cost varies drastically depending on the time of the day. A Tesla Model 3 consumes 24kWh per 100 miles, with a kilowatt costing anywhere from 10 to 40 cents.
If you’re charging at home, you’ll need a charging station, which costs about $1000 to install. Because you’re charging at your household, the overall cost of electricity can go up due to increased consumption. Public charging points are rarely free and typically charge by kilowatt or by the minute.
Hybrid cars run on petrol and generate energy for the batteries through driving. What is surprising is just how efficient they’ve become. A Honda C-HR with a 1.8L petrol-hybrid engine can achieve 61.9 MPG of combined drive while only emitting 86 g/km of CO2.
To cross 100 miles, Honda would require roughly $5 worth of petrol. As previously mentioned, Tesla would require 24kWh of electricity. Even if charged at home with an average electricity rate, it would still cost as much as it does for the Honda. The conclusion is that a good hybrid can be as efficient to run as an electric vehicle.
The difference between the two types of vehicles is most prominent in their running costs. A hybrid has the complexity of a regular petrol car in addition to the hybrid components. However, the hybrid-specific parts generally require no maintenance and have the longest warranty.
On the other hand, electric vehicles have fewer components that need to be replaced: brakes and brake fluid, wheel joints, tires, cabin filter, and air conditioning. Hybrids have the same parts, but also the whole powertrain consisting of the engine, transmission, and differentials. In terms of costs, time, and the number of things that can go wrong, electric vehicles are far superior.
Electric vehicles have always been limited by their range, followed by the lengthy recharge period. They’re excellent as city vehicles because of the number of charging stations and relatively short drives. On the open road, they’re still facing on average 250 miles per battery, with a relatively lengthy recharge period.
Hybrids face no such issues, as they can be refilled in a matter of minutes. A full tank of gas can get you as far as 800 miles on the open road, depending on its size. In terms of convenience, hybrids are the winner.
The ecological impact of hybrids and electric vehicles is definitely positive, and the discussion should end there. If you’re focused on saving the environment, take into consideration how much pollution was created in making your vehicle, and whether or not your city is getting its power from green sources.
Electric vehicles are certainly a step in the right direction for a healthy environment, but hybrids are keeping up. Consider your city’s policy on recharging electric vehicles, as in some cases driving a hybrid might end up cheaper. On the other hand, electric vehicles require minimal maintenance and have great battery life.
The range is going to be one of the deciding factors between the two types. If you’re getting an all-purpose vehicle, hybrids are the right choice, but if you’re willing to compromise or only commute within cities, electric vehicles will be more economical.
We hope this article has helped you make a decision between electric and hybrid vehicles. Personally, we’re fans of both, as they’re green options that are still attractive and fun to drive.