About Plug-ins

You have come to the right place to learn about plug-in hybrid vehicles, sometimes called plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs). We will first discuss their history, then move on to examples of plug-in hybrids, how they work and why they have become popular.

Introduced over one decade ago, hybrids are cars that use both electric motors and gas motors for propulsion.  With a hybrid, gasoline powers the gas motor, of course, and a bank of batteries powers the electric motor. Engineers have designed them so these two power plants work together to give drivers high efficiency and great gas mileage. Plugins are also capable of reusing energy, like you can reuse the energy that you used for braking. Cool, right?

Who manufactures plug-ins? There are quite a few on the market now. The Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius and are two popular examples of hybrid vehicles. Other common examples are the Chevy Volt, the Ford Fusion Energi SE, the Toyota Prius Plug-In, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid and the Honda Accord Plug-In.  Hoffmanchryslerjeepdodge.com tells us that Chrysler plans to introduce a plug-in minivan in 2016.


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The popular new thing now is the hybrid concept’s evolution, referred to as a “plug-in hybrid” or just “plug-in”. Plug-ins work like conventional hybrids, with electric and gas motors providing propulsion, but have an important difference; they have a 100% electric mode of about 40 miles where the gas engine isn’t used one bit (except you may need it on long trips) and they can be charged via an on-board charging port either at your home, someone else’s home or at gas stations that offer charging ports. This is a development that bonds the two major electric car factors that are at odds with one another -a car that doesn’t use gasoline (when driven less than 40 miles) but can go long distances when needed.

How are their sales going? At the moment, modestly. Not helping the plug-in’s case are falling oil prices. In parts of the United States, gallons are selling for under $2.00 now, so a tank that required $100 to fill (think SUVs and trucks) now costs somewhere between $40 to $70, depending on your vehicle and your location. This is allowing for people to easily save lots money on their commuting costs, and appears to be blinding consumers’ longer-term investment and analysis.

Plug-ins are appealing to vehicle owners that want to cut down the use of gasoline in their daily lives – an important issue for many, not only due to cost but because of the environmental impact of gas-powered vehicles. Green-minded consumers will still want a vehicle that meets their criteria of using less fuel when driven.  With a plug-in, some consumers will almost never visit a gas station because they simply don’t drive long distances. Also, the vehicle manufacturers will be able to boost their standings with CAFE regulations. Take the aforementioned SUVs — together, they’re perhaps the most inefficient vehicles in companies’ lineups, but by electrifying them with a hybrid unit, they may become among the most efficient.

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