Plug-in hybrid vehicles are a middle ground between traditional gas powered cars and fully electric vehicles. They are like a regular hybrid, but with a bigger battery, which the owner recharges, that can power the vehicles several miles. With both electric and gasoline propulsion, there is never any reason to worry about range. Short drives are done on electricity and the gas engine seamlessly kicks in when you need to go farther.
Plug-in hybrids are available in numerous sizes. From sporty two-door coupes to three-row family haulers, there is something for everyone. You can even get a minivan with over 30 miles of electric range and it get can 32 mpg on gasoline when the battery runs out!
Plug-in vehicles are more cost effective than most people realize. First, electricity usually costs less than half of what gas costs to go the same distance. Second, electric motors have fewer potential points of failure than a gasoline engine. Third, electric motors don't need oil changes, so oil is only being used when the gas engine comes on after the battery charge is used up, meaning there will be many fewer oil changes over the life of the vehicle.
Pure Electric Vehicles have only an electric motor and a battery pack. Without the weight a gasoline engine, these vehicles can go greater distances on electric power. You never have to go to a gas station again. These vehicles are also available in a variety of sizes and prices.
Pure EVs have no oil to change, belts to replace, spark plugs to go bad, or complicated transmissions with multiple gears that can fail. Windshield washer fluid replacement is the extent of annual maintenance.
Overnight charging is all it takes to fully charge up an electric car for daily commuting. It takes just a few seconds to connect the charging cable to the vehicle. No more waiting in line at the gas pump every week. On long trips, high-power charging stations make it possible to get an 80% charge in about 30 minutes. These stations are somewhat scarce right now, but they are quickly becoming more common as EV adoption grows.