If you’re looking to go green with your next vehicle purchase, there are a lot of options out there from all-electric to hybrid and everything in between. One of those options happens to be PHEVs — but what, exactly, does that entail? Here, we look at the meaning of PHEV and what it will mean for you.
What Does PHEV Mean?
Before we delve into the world of PHEVs, it’s important that you first understand what PHEV means. A PHEV is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Basically, it’s a car that has both a gasoline-powered engine and an electric motor, the latter of which is powered by a rechargeable battery. This battery is then charged through an electrical plug socket.
What’s the Difference between PHEV and Hybrid?
The only difference between a PHEV and a regular hybrid vehicle is how they are charged. As mentioned above, the PHEV is charged when it is plugged into a wall-mounted socket. A regular hybrid typically charges its battery through regenerative braking, which uses energy captured when braking to recharge.
Why Opt for a PHEV?
Unlike traditional hybrids, a PHEV usually have a longer electric-only range, which increases the vehicle’s overall gas mileage. For instance, the Outlander PHEV has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 74 MPGe, which means you will stop at the gas pump less than if you were driving a hybrid vehicle.*
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*EPA estimated 74 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon equivalent) combined. Actual mileage may vary.