If you have been keeping up with the news about hybrid plug in cars like the Chevy Volt or the new Toyota hybrid plug in based on the Toyota Prius, you may be wondering what are some of the perks of owning one. Below is a list of five major benefits that hybrid plug in owners can expect to receive.
Fuel economy. The biggest and most obvious benefit of hybrid plug in cars is that they use substantially less gasoline than conventional or hybrid gas electric vehicles. Hybrid plug in vehicles operate the same as electric cars within a certain driving distance, around 40 miles. That means if you are dropping your kids off at school, or going to town to buy groceries you’re probably not burning any gas at all.
Typical driving range. As mentioned above, a hybrid plug in works like an electric vehicle for about 40 miles. Once the battery runs out, the car uses a gas powered generator to charge the battery, which allows it to travel somewhere around 300 additional miles.
Operating costs. This is the key selling point for hybrid plug in cars. You won’t be paying much for gas but you still have to use electricity to charge the car. Researchers estimate that charging a hybrid plug in is equivalent to paying $0.75 per gallon.
Reduced carbon emissions. We all want to do our part to help the environment, and owning a plug in hybrid could be a major part of reducing green house gas emissions. As stated earlier, hybrid plug in vehicles use absolutely no gasoline when traveling distances less than 40 miles.
Tax breaks. Depending on what state you live in and what model you buy, you may be in line for a large tax deduction.
Hybrid plug in cars are an exciting new technology coming to the consumer market. They could save you money and help our environment. Keep an eye on out for release dates as the first generation plug in hybrids approach.