Op Ed

Should I choose a Hybrid or EV?

With so many used car options on the market today, a good question to ask is whether or not to go with a hybrid vehicle or an all electric vehicle (EV). Here are a few simple things to keep in mind. Remember that not every situation is the same so what works for another person may not fit your needs. Do your research and assess your best option. Works in other areas of life too, no?

EV vs Hybrid

Electric Vehicles

The Chevrolet Bolt is one of the best options for a full electric vehicle

This is the latest and greatest of what the big manufacturers have to offer. Range has increased in the last few years and is definitely not as big of an issue as it once was. However, you will need to factor in how much you travel in a day and what your charging ability is. Do you live in an apartment where parking is an issue? This may not be the best option for you if there isn’t a charger available if you still commute to work. Also you may want to consider what happens with the battery pack after it reaches it’s end of life. What is the impact of disposal and recycling on the environment. These vehicles are known to require much less maintenance however. No oil changes, no smog checks, no gasoline consumption. So perhaps that helps justify the battery EOL issue. A great option in this category is the Chevrolet Bolt.

Hybrid Vehicles

2017 chevrolet volt is a great option if you are looking for a hybrid vehicle

This is what introduced the world to electric and internal combustion engine vehicles that made sense. You kind of get the best of both worlds. Long trips without the fear of running out of batter? Check. Better fuel economy? Check. Great performance? Check. If you live in an area where 240V charging is an issue, than this might be the best option for you. Vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt have been called the best car they have ever owned by many owners.

So why is a hybrid vehicle a better option that a standard gasoline vehicle? The battery pack is separate than the gas engine, which means that the vehicle can run solely on it, with both, or just on gas. This can give you incredible range and offer great gas mileage around town. In fact many hybrid vehicles get better gas mileage in the city than they do on the highway!

So that is a brief overview of some of the reasons to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle. If you want a more technical deep dive check out this great write up on JD Power’s website: