Hybrid vs. Electric: Which is Right for You?

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Hybrids and EVs are becoming more and more accessible, and with recent advancements in engineering and technology, you’ll find a wide range of new vehicles that can deliver outstanding performance while significantly reducing or eliminating altogether your reliance on fossil fuels. If you’re ready to make the switch from a conventional gas-powered car to a more eco-friendly option, this hybrid vs. electric comparison from BMW of Peoria will help you decide which type of vehicle will best suit your Pekin-area driving needs.

The Basics of Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars 

Hybrid Cars

Fully hybrid cars are equipped with both a gas engine and an electric motor which work in tandem to greatly reduce fuel consumption. The battery for the electric motor in a hybrid vehicle self-charges, so there is no need to connect to a power source to recharge. However, there are plug-in hybrid models of the BMW X5, 3 Series, 5 Series, and 7 Series available that come with rechargeable batteries that allow you to drive short distances on electric power alone.

Electric Cars

Electric cars are powered by an electric motor and a battery that is much larger than that of a hybrid vehicle and can be recharged at home or at a public charging station. The kind of electric range you’ll get from an EV varies from model to model.

Hybrid vs. Electric Car: Why Should I Choose a Hybrid Vehicle? 

A hybrid or plug-in hybrid is a great option if you are not ready to make a commitment to a fully electric vehicle. Some of the advantages of hybrid cars vs. electric cars include:

  • You don’t have to worry about driving range on long trips outside of Dunlap as you can rely on the gas-powered engine as a backup
  • You can stop and fuel up at any gas station
  • Hybrids are often more affordable than EVs

Hybrid vs. Electric Car: Why Should I Choose an Electric Vehicle? 

EVs like the all-new BMW i4 or BMW iX run exclusively on electricity, which makes them a more environmentally-friendly option. A fully electric vehicle offers the following benefits:

  • Low or zero tailpipe emissions
  • Quieter ride with no engine noise
  • No money spent on gas 
  • Fewer maintenance costs (no oil changes or engine upkeep)
  • Potential EV incentives based on your location 
  • Flexible charging options, including home and public charging stations

Compare Hybrid vs. Electric Cars at BMW of Peoria

Looking for a hybrid or electric car to upgrade your Galesburg commute? Here at BMW of Peoria, we carry a fine selection of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles which deliver dynamic performance and the kind of luxury driving experience that BMW is famous for. Make sure to explore our new BMW lease and finance offers and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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