Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars

2022 Chevy Bolt EUV on a beach


While gas-powered vehicles still dominate the Carmel roads, more and more drivers are switching to electric and hybrid models every year – and this trend shows no sign of stopping. So, what’s the difference between hybrid cars vs. electric cars? Both use the power of electricity to boost efficiency and reduce emissions, but they look quite different under the hood. Compare hybrid vs. electric technology with Penske Chevrolet, and get behind the wheel of a new model in Indianapolis!



Hybrid vs. Electric Car Basics

Before we can determine whether a hybrid or EV model is better for your Noblesville travels, let’s dive deeper into the mechanics of both. This will help you better understand the pros and cons.

Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars use both gasoline and electricity to power your Westfield journey. The vehicle uses gasoline for power primarily, but also receives power from an electric motor.

With a traditional hybrid, the engine and motor work together to boost your gas mileage. and the motor charges itself automatically as you drive – so there’s no need to plug into a charging station. With a plug-in hybrid, you’ll be able to rely on electric power alone for short trips!

Electric Cars

Electric cars like the Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV are powered solely on electric power, so there’s no combustion engine present. Instead, you’ll find an electric motor and a much larger battery than a typical hybrid. While you can skip the trips to the gas station, you’ll need to plug into a home or public charging station to recharge the battery as needed.

Benefits of Hybrid Vehicles

Between hybrid cars vs. electric cars, why choose a hybrid? Traditional hybrids are great options for those who want convenience on the road. You won’t notice any drastic differences in the driving experience—except a big boost in fuel economy. Here are some of the top benefits of choosing a hybrid over an electric car.

  • The battery charges itself, so you don’t have to find a charging station.
  • You can stop and fuel up at any gas station as usual.
  • Hybrids are often more affordable than EVs.

Hybrids are the best option for higher mileage travelers as well, since there’s no need to worry about running out of range or finding charging stations. Just enjoy your journey and fill up at any gas station.

If you’re looking for a stepping stone into the electric market, a plug-in hybrid model could be an even better choice. These models need to be recharged at home or in public, but they also let you experience an all-electric driving experience. Plus, you’ll still have access to the convenience of gas for longer drives!

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Owning an electric vehicle requires a few adjustments, but you’ll be rewarded with long-term savings and a smaller carbon footprint. If you are willing to familiarize yourself with the charging process, you can enjoy benefits like:

  • 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 options

Electric models are fantastic options for those who tend to take shorter trips, rather than lengthy road trips, and the fuel savings can be extraordinary. Plus, models like the upcoming Silverado EV offer a GM-estimated 400-mile range*, which opens up even more options for the roads ahead.

Compare Hybrid vs. Electric Car Models at Penske Chevrolet

You’ve read all about the basics of the hybrid vs. electric design, but what if you still have questions? Feel free to contact us for more information or swing by our showroom in Indianapolis. Our team can help you decide which Chevy is the perfect choice for you.


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* First edition RST GM-estimated range on a full charge based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017 – MCT. Actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, and how you use and maintain your vehicle. EPA estimates not yet available.

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