The difference between a plug in car (Electric Car) and a Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) isn't so much in what you get with the electric plug in car, but what you don't get with it. The electric car doesn't have a gas-powered motor; it gets all of its power from an electric motor, which is powered by a battery.
Electric cars are becoming more appealing due to the rising price of gas and the focus on global warming and the affect that the combustion engine is having on our environment. The vast majority of pollution plaguing our environment today is from gas combustion engines. In the United States the most carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide air pollution stems from our automobiles.
Plug in cars using electricity derived from clean sources such as wind and solar have little effect on the environment which will cause a decrease in global warming concerns.
Plug in cars cost about .03 -.05 cents per mile so although the initial investment is anywhere from $2,000 - $10,000 more than a conventional car, you can get your money back through the fuel savings and, on some models, tax savings.
In addition, plug-in cars require very little maintenance. There is much less wear and tear on the brakes and there are less moving parts than the typical car.
Electric cars don't use mufflers, spark plugs, air filters or oil filters. Your only maintenance concerns and costs will be shocks, windshield wipers and tires. That's even more savings to help offset the higher initial investment.
The manufactures are stepping in to help with longer warranties the most common manufacturers; Toyota, Honda and Ford all provide 8-10 year warranties on their electric vehicles. This will also help keep your maintenance cost down.
Electric cars are charged with a battery pack, will last approximately 100 miles and will take approximately 10-20 hours to completely charge.
With the plug in car (PHEV) and a 240 outlet in your garage, you can cut the charge time in half. This allows you to simply plug the vehicle in over-night and you have a constant source of energy to run your vehicle.
The greatest advantage the plug in car has over the electric vehicle is that the plug in car has a fuel tank as a back-up. This way you don't have to worry about getting stranded.
With the PHEV you have the best of both worlds in one vehicle. On one hand you have the electric option for in-town usage, and the gas tank choice for longer distances. The engine will recharge the battery as the car is in motion. Imagine comparing it to a generator.
A fascinating bonus, the PHEV can provide enough electricity for your complete house should you have a power outage. That's good to know if you ever find yourself in the dark.
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