Hybrid vs Electric
For most of the 20th century, the lingering dilemma was whether it’s better to drive petrol or diesel engines. At the dawn of the 21st century, the shift has been made towards a new big automotive question, and that is whether you should choose a hybrid or fully electric cars. On one side, there’s the semi-conventional drivetrain that’s very familiar in essence, and on the other, fully electric vehicles consume no fuel and make no CO2 emissions whatsoever, so they seem like the only right thing to do to save the planet and still drive a car. But, what option is the best for you? Today, we’re here to help you find out.
Choice and pricing
First of all, you should know that there’s a much broader array of hybrid cars compared to fully electric ones. You’ll find different types of hybrids all across the market, from city commuters to executive saloons and SUVs of all sizes. On the other hand, with the electrics, you’ll mostly encounter small hatchbacks, crossovers, and Tesla as the only executive electric car. So, if you want to make a statement while still being ecologically aware, or you have a big family, hybrids are a better choice. If you, however, need a practical city commuter with enough boot space for an occasional haul, electric hatchbacks will do the work for you.
When it comes to prices, you should know that fully electric cars are considerably costlier than hybrids. As an example, the Toyota CH-R 1.8 Hybrid costs €31,000, while the comparable Hyundai Kona Electric will have the starting price of €35,995 once it hits the market in Ireland.
Running costs and maintenance
But, the actual savings come after the purchase, and especially in the longer run. First of all, electric cars fall under the lowest motor tax and insurance group based on their CO2 emissions. Next, as there’s no internal combustion engine, there’s no fuel to spend on, and that’s another feature that goes in favour of electric cars. For your electric vehicle to run, there are expenses for electricity alone, and that is cheap for now on.
Both hybrid and electric cars can get pretty costly to maintain if batteries or electric motors decide to die on you after the warranty period has ended. But, speaking about regular maintenance, electric cars are cheaper to run as there are no motor-related maintenance costs at all.
One more thing to consider is the everyday practicality of your fully electric cars as most of them have a limited range. On top of that, charging times are lengthy and charging stations are not found on every corner. If you don’t have a garage with a charging station, it’s almost impossible to own an electric car. With hybrids, you fill up the tank and let the combination of electric and internal combustion power do the work. With that in mind, hybrid cars are way more practical for everyday use, especially if your driving habits include covering a lot of kilometres at once.
In addition to producing no emissions, electric cars are entirely silent, and manufacturers are left with only option to include artificial electronic sound as many pedestrians cannot hear a vehicle approaching them. That makes them a substantial contribution in efforts to reduce air and noise pollution, especially in the cities. The only major concern with fully electric cars is the matter of battery disposal after their lifespan ends. That’s an issue with hybrid vehicles as well, but they potentially create less pollution upon disposal since the batteries are smaller. One thing is sure, and that’s the fact that no cars are entirely green and environmentally friendly, but for now, electric vehicles win by a small margin.
All in all, the duel between hybrid cars and fully electric ones has no clear winners since it all depends on your daily driving habits. An electric vehicle is an excellent choice for city commuting, especially if you have your garage or a charging station at your workplace. But, if you need a more versatile car and you cover more considerable distances, hybrids could turn out to be more practical. Whichever one you decide to choose, one thing is for sure – you’ll be contributing to saving the planet.