What’s the difference between a Hybrid and a Plug-In Hybrid?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Niro on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 at 5:25 pm
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There are plenty of vehicles for you to choose from here in Novato CA. However, if you are looking to drive a cleaner, more eco friendly vehicle, then we suggest either an electric vehicle, a hybrid, or a plug in hybrid. But, with all of these options how are you to tell which one is the right model for you? Well, today we’re going to learn more about the differences between a hybrid and a plug in hybrid. Let’s get started!

Plug-in hybrid versus hybrid models

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If you are going to drive a hybrid vehicle, this means that your vehicle will mainly run on a gas-fueled tank. There will be a small backup battery that will bolster your mileage, however, your main source of power is going to be through the gas engine. Models like these include the Kia Sorento hybrid.

Plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, are mainly powered by a large battery. Think of this model like an all-electric vehicle, except for the fact that it has a small gas tank to help you when you’re battery runs out of charge. So, you’ll still have to run to the gas station every now and then, but mainly you’ll be plugging in and charging your vehicle like any other electric model. Plug-in hybrids include models such as the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid also known as the Kia Niro PHEV.

Read more: Do Plug-In Hybrids count in the California Clean Fuel Reward program?

Test drive fuel efficient vehicles in Novato, California

now that you know a bit more about the differences between a plug-in hybrid and a hybrid, it’s time to take your future vehicle for a test drive today! We have a variety of fuel alternative models here at Kia Marin and would be more than happy to help you pick the one that’s right for you! While you’re shopping, don’t forget about the California Clean Fuel Reward program which you can learn more about on our website.