What is a plug-in hybrid?

Like a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is a gasoline- and electric-powered vehicle that uses a rechargeable battery to power an electric motor. The difference is that a plug-in hybrid has a larger battery, and the ability to charge that battery with an external power source – conventional hybrids rely on regenerative braking. The larger battery in a plug-in hybrid allows you to drive a significant distance on electric power alone. Indeed, they often have enough range to complete all of your daily commuting without having to use any gas if you plug in overnight. But, when you do want to take a longer trip, you still have the flexibility, range, and convenient refueling of a gasoline vehicle.