Anonymous asked in EnvironmentAlternative Fuel Vehicles · 5 months ago

EV car vs Hybrid?

I am planning on buying a car, i stuck between getting an EV and a hybrid.

Theyre bother relatively the same priceEV is cheaper to maintain

Hybrid will travel long distances and wont run out of power mid way


What would you recommend?

5 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    A lot depends on your driving patterns.

    If you pretty much never go more than, say, 50 miles at a time, then an electric car will probably be more than adequate for you (as long as it has, say, 100 miles of range).  If you occasionally take longer trips, but like to stop fairly frequently when you do, again, electric will probably be fine, as long as there are enough charging stations near where you want to go.

    If you frequently take long trips, you're probably better off with a hybrid.

  • chorle
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    I my family currently has one gas only and tow hybrids and one plugin hybrid. 

    I got the rage fear and the fear of being stuck during a rolling electric brown out.

    I like the extra weight of a hybrid in the rain over the gas size gas only car. 

    I like the plug-in more than I thought since I live in California, I had feared that 20 miles of charge would cost more than a gallon of gasoline. 

    It might depend on your age and how much the cars you look at will cost you to insure. Also what your electric rates are. I would get another plug in hybrid but maybe not a Ford unless they start making them with a spare tire. 

  • 5 months ago

    People's opinions are going to vary, understandably, and part of the reason is driving habits vary. 

    For me, most of my mileage comes from periodic, fairly long business trips by car. So I looked at an EV, and decided it would be best for lots of local trips because of the limited range and need for charging.

    I settled on a hybrid, because it gives some of the advantages of an EV, but on a long trip I can just stop at a gas station, fill up, and be back on the road quickly.

    I am not very familiar with Teslas - but I have heard they have good range, and I've seen their charging stations in many places in the Northeast US. 

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Until EV charging stations are more widespread, I would get the Hybrid.

    I would consider distances traveled, and Winter Conditions. (Heater?)

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  • 5 months ago

    The Tesla Model 3 will do roughly 300 miles per charge, and Tesla has refueling stations along all the major highways and in the cities.  So you plan on stopping in to refuel just like you would need to do on long trips with a hybrid.   The car purchase costs about the same as any of your standard hybrids.  But maintenance costs are next to nothing in the Tesla.

    I own both the Tesla Model S and the Chevy Volt, the hybrid.  I drive the Tesla on my long trips because it's more comfortable and packed with all kinds of safety devices.  I drive the Volt around town on short trips because I can do that strictly on battery (it gets 53 miles per charge) and there's no way I'd park my Tesla in a high crime area like Oakland.

    Were I you, I'd buy the Model 3 over any hybrid because the maintenance costs are next to nothing and the fuel millage is about the same as a standard gas driven car...300 miles.  If you do get the Tesla, you will need to install a NEMA 50 amp 240 volt plug in your garage to fuel up overnight while you sleeps...which is another cool feature, refueling while you sleep.

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