Hybrid vs. Electric: Which is Right for You?

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You can trade in your current gas-powered vehicle for something that is not only going to save you money in the long run, but also is better for the environment with a hybrid or fully electric vehicle. But what are the differences between the two of them? And which one is better for your needs as you’re driving around Salem? Learn more about comparing hybrid cars vs electric cars with the team at Lum's GMC, and once you’ve found the one that works for you, you can apply for financing from the comfort of your own home.

Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars: the Basics

So what’s the difference between hybrid cars vs. electric cars? There are a few differences to go over, but you should also note that both models offer benefits. Here’s a quick breakdown of each type of vehicle:

Hybrid Cars

Though hybrid vehicles are technically still gas-powered, they aren’t like traditional gas-powered vehicles. Hybrid models aren’t fully reliant on gas engines for power since the gas engine is a secondary electric motor. Both the gas engine and electric motor work together to provide the hybrid model with power to move you through Newberg with ease. The battery in the electric motor self-charges, so you won’t have to plug into a power source which can be nice if you have a long drive ahead of you.

Electric Cars

An electric vehicle (EV) runs solely on electric power. This means there’s no engine in this model. There’s just a battery and electric motor. The battery in an EV is a lot larger than those in a hybrid because it plays a more significant role. Electric vehicles can be plugged into a home charging station to power up or a public charging station when you’re on the move. Depending on how much charge the battery has, that’ll be the mileage range you have to work with and this can vary depending on the model, the battery, the charge, and more.

Benefits of Hybrid Vehicles

If you’re a bit more comprehensive about making the switch from gas to electric, then a hybrid car is a great option. You can earn some serious fuel savings without changing the driving habits you have. A few other benefits of a hybrid include:

  • The battery charges itself
  • You can stop and fuel up at any gas station
  • Hybrids are often more affordable than EVs

In the end, if you have a lengthy commute or want the peace of mind knowing you won’t have to worry about running out of power, then a hybrid vehicle is the best option for you. This model allows you to stop at a gas station to fill up when needed and saves more energy and fuel when running on battery power.

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

If you’re ready to change your driving habits, you can eliminate the use of gas completely with an EV model. Not only is this more wallet-friendly but it’s also more fuel efficient. Once you’re ready to decrease your footprint and increase your daily efficiency, choose an EV. Here are a few EV benefits:

  • 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

Compare Hybrid vs. Electric Cars at Lum's GMC

You don’t have to wait to take home an electric or hybrid model from Lum's GMC as our team is here to make a difference with everything that you’re doing when it comes to the car buying process. Browse our car buying tips and tricks for even more ways to save money and streamline the process. And don’t hesitate to browse our new vehicle specials for the latest hybrid and electric car.


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