Hybrid vs. Electric Cars

As we continue to learn more about how our modern way of life is impacting the environment, new innovations are being implemented to lighten our load on Mother Nature. 

If you’re ready to reduce your carbon footprint, there are hundreds of ways you can improve across different areas of your life. Two options you have in transportation are the hybrid and electric cars. While they each provide energy efficiency and savings on fuel, it’s the differences you must analyze to determine which would best suit your lifestyle. 

Consider the Costs

The hybrid and electric cars are typically going to have higher purchase price than gasoline powered cars of the same level. However, if you’re the type who likes to keep up with the latest vehicle and anticipate selling your car in the near future, the resale value on a hybrid and electric may be favourable. This can be attributed to a variety of factors including: 

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Improved equipment
  • Environmentally friendly

  The electric and hybrid cars can save you thousands of dollars in fuel costs over the years. 

Range

Do you drive long distances often, or are you just looking for something to drive back and forth to work? If you need something to use for long-distance driving, the hybrid may be right for you. The downside to an electric car is the long re charging time, and therefore would not be good for long trips.

Hybrid vehicles feature high fuel efficiency due to: 

  • Use of Battery power which is recharged in a variety of ways while the car is running.
  • Smaller gas engine which is used less

Safety Considerations

As much as we’re concerned with the safety of the environment, we must also consider personal safety. 
Since both electric and hybrid cars are so quiet, it can be difficult for pedestrians to become alert to dangerous situations.