Electric Cars vs. Plug-in Hybrid Cars: The Differences

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Are you planning to buy a car but are stuck between Electric and Plug-in Hybrid? Both types of vehicles are taking the market with each featuring its merits and demerits. We provide detailed insight into the two car types.

Electric cars are powered by electricity alone and have an electric motor as well as batteries rechargeable via an outlet either on the side or the front of the vehicle. The lack of gas engine allows room for more electric batteries considering they offer no alternative means of power. Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and Renault Zoe are most popular models.

Plug-in hybrid cars come with both the rechargeable internal batteries and a gas-fueled engine for gasoline for use when the electric power is up. Toyota was the pioneer in the manufacture of hybrid vehicles by introducing their model Toyota Prius introduced in 1998. Over the years, more models have hit the market with the most recent being Chevrolet Volt capable of traveling 25 – 50 miles on a 16kWh Li-ion battery.

Electric Cars


  • Longer Electric Range – compared to the hybrid cars, electric vehicles offer longer distances driving on electric charge since that’s the sole source of power.
  • Low Fuel Cost – electricity is cheaper by far when compared to gasoline engine giving electric engines an edge.
  • Environmental Friendly –the fact that EVs emit no pollution and operate quietly makes them have little negative impact on the environment.
  • Tax Rebates – buyers of electric cars qualify for tax credits and other incentives.



  • Limited Distance – under normal circumstances, an electric car can cruise 60 – 70 miles when the batteries are on full charge. However, a hybrid plug-in car offers a longer range thanks to the electric charge and the gasoline engine. With an electric car, a driver can expect to cover 30 – 40 miles when on electric power and an additional 200 to 300 miles on gasoline.
  • Driving Anxiety – given that electric cars have no alternative means of powering, it’s possible to get nervous.

Plug-in Hybrid Cars


  • Longer Driving Range – as already hinted, a plug-in hybrid car uses both the gasoline engine and the electric charge to operate. As such, drivers using a hybrid car will cover longer distances compared to the one using an electric powered only car.
  • Tax Credit- the purchase of a plug-in hybrid car attracts a tax refund.


  • Limited variety – most manufacturers have focused on vehicles that run fully on electric power. As such, there are not many models of plug-in hybrid cars to choose from as there are for the counterpart. Probably the taste of most buyers could be to blame as they want to go all in to experience the no gasoline models.

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