Is a Hybrid Right for You?
The answer depends on your driving habits. If your commute allows you to make short trips in urban traffic, the battery in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) with series drivetrain will provide most of the power needed. If your commute involves lots of highway driving, a hybrid using a parallel or series/parallel drivetrain could work best for you. And while the latter won’t reduce your gasoline consumption completely, it would still provide a fuel savings over a conventional gasoline car.
In short, a hybrid will reduce your fueling costs, whereas an EV will eliminate the traditional fuel costs. However, both will reduce your carbon footprint.
A hybrid can be a great investment. Though it might be a little more expensive to buy upfront, when you look at total cost of ownership (reduced fuel charges, less maintenance, etc.), the savings over time will begin to add up. For the same reasons, EVs are able to offer even more savings over time. To learn more about EVs, please read our Definitive Guide to Electric Cars.