If you’re looking to upgrade your Cranston commute with a more fuel-efficient vehicle, you’ll want to consider a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Both of these types of hybrids feature a powertrain that includes a standard internal combustion engine paired with an electric motor, but what’s the difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models?
A conventional hybrid car uses gas and electric power simultaneously, charging the battery via technology like regenerative braking. A plug-in hybrid is able to drive on electric power independently of the combustion engine, and has a battery pack that requires charging via an external power source. Take a closer look at the differences between hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles to see which will best suit your East Greenwich driving needs, then visit BMW of Warwick to check out our BMW hybrid inventory today!
A standard hybrid vehicle will feel very familiar and won’t require you to change your driving habits. The gas-powered engine and electric motor work in tandem, and the system self-charges, so you don’t need to prepare your garage for vehicle charging. You can just follow your usual routine of stopping at your local Warwick-area gas station whenever you need to fill up, which you’ll be doing a lot less often thanks to the exceptional efficiency of hybrid models.
The main difference between hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles is that plug-in hybrids can use their gas and electric reserves independently. When driving a BMW plug-in hybrid in and around Providence, you can run exclusively on electric power for a certain number of miles. This is known as the electric range. The vehicle automatically switches to gas power once the electric range maxes out.
The combustion engine in a plug-in hybrid works essentially as a backup. As long as you plug the vehicle in nightly to replenish the battery, you should have enough electric range to cover your routine daily driving. If you get stuck in traffic or are taking a long-distance road trip, the internal combustion engine is always ready to take over. You’ll also have the option of recharging at one of the many public charging stations in Warwick and across the country.
A plug-in hybrid is a more environmentally-friendly option, as it can use 100% electric power for daily travel. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that the gas-powered engine will help extend your driving range if the hybrid battery reserve is depleted.
The team at BMW of Warwick can help you learn more about hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles so you can make an informed decision about which is the best fit for your lifestyle. Meanwhile, you can browse our inventory of new BMW models and pre-owned vehicles to find your next hybrid or plug-in hybrid. If you have any other car-buying questions, please feel welcome to contact us online or call us at (877) 361-2173.
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