Electric or hybrid—which is the right choice for me?

Electric Or Hybrid—which Is The Right Choice For Me?

Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming more popular among Australians. Not just trendy, they are also helping to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. If you’re thinking about switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle but don’t know where to start or which would suit your lifestyle more, then continue reading.

What is the difference between hybrid and electric cars?

Electric vehicles run on a battery that is powerful enough to power the car without an engine or petrol tank at all. They’re becoming a more popular model for car owners, with charging stations become increasingly common across Australia.

Hybrid vehicles are cars that, as the name suggests, run on a combination of power sources. These petrol-fuelled cars contain an electric motor that can partially power the car to decrease the overall use of petrol, thus saving fuel. In cases when your hybrid car needs more power, such as for towing, both power sources combine to provide additional force.

Why should I choose an electric vehicle?

There are a lot of reasons to switch to electric cars; they’ve not only become popular and trendy (all thanks to Tesla) but they can drastically cut down your emissions, all while matching the power of a petrol-powered car. Electric cars have many models available from different brands; some of the more popular ones include Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq Electric 2020 or the most popular, the Tesla Model 3.

Some advantages to driving electric vehicles are:

  • Zero tailpipe emissions.
  • A quiet engine.
  • Immediate and smooth acceleration.
  • No need to continually stop at fuel stations or worry about the rising price of petrol.
  • Overall costs of running electric cars are significantly less than petrol.

There are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right model for you, including:

  • Fully charging the battery of an electric car takes longer than you’d think (sometimes up to 12 hours).
  • You have to plug it in to charge; there are no other options.
  • If you’re taking a long trip, you’ll have to identify remote charging stations beforehand to avoid being stuck in the middle of nowhere.
  • Generally more expensive to buy over hybrids.

Why should I choose a hybrid vehicle?

Although hybrid cars seem like the more flexible option for buyers, they have their pros and cons. Here are some points to keep in mind when considering the right choice for you:

Advantages:

  • You won’t have to worry about your refuelling/charging as petrol stations are very accessible around the country.
  • Cheaper to buy.
  • It can be your only car—no need to worry about changing cars for trips, etc.
  • There are no issues for those who live in apartments (is there a large enough charging station in your building, or any station at all?).

Considerations:

  • A hybrid’s engine tends to lack power compared to entirely petrol operated vehicles.
  • Fewer emissions produce in comparison to petrol or diesel cars.
  • No rated electric range.

Some of the most popular hybrid cars include the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Lexus RX 450h and the Toyota Prius.

Once you’ve decided whether hybrid or electric is best for you, explore more models and brands on Gumtree Australia.


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