Perez Auto Repair understands that with the price of gas and cost of living rising year after year, you may have considered buying an electric (EV) or hybrid vehicle to get around Phoenix at a discounted cost. But, you may have been wondering what is the differences between a full EV and a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle? What are the advantages and disadvantages for each? Well, Perez Auto Repair has the answers. While we have over 30 years of experience with conventional combustion engines our ASE trained technicians are also completely up-to-date with even the most complex hybrid and electric vehicles. Now lets take a look at some of the Pros and Cons.
- They are more environmentally friendly than pure gas-powered vehicles.
- They are cheaper than full EVs.
- You can quickly refuel and take long road trips without range anxiety.
- You will save significantly on gas.
- They can be slower than both purely gas and electric powered vehicles.
- They require more maintenance than an EV – since they also have gasoline engines, they will require the same maintenance as a gasoline car would, including oil changes and tune ups.
- Just like EVs, they typically cost about 20% more than their gas-powered counterparts.
- Over time, EVs generally require less maintenance. New tires and tire rotations are usually the only significant cost you will face for a while.
- You will never have to buy gas again.
- You are saving the environment.
- You may eventually have to replace a battery, which can be expensive, and harmful to the environment.
- Although you will no longer need to buy gas, you will have to buy more electricity to charge your car, as well as possibly installing a charging port at your house.
- Much of our electricity is still generated by burning coal, which is still one of the most harmful things that we do to our environment.
- Electric vehicles usually cost more than their gasoline-powered counterparts.
- Electric vehicles usually have a much shorter range than gas-powered cars, and can take from several minutes to several hours to charge back up to a usable level – although both of these factors are being rapidly improved on.
- Weather can affect your range significantly.
Now that you know some of the pros and cons of both EVs and hybrids, you should be able to determine which vehicle would work best for you. If you only plan on driving around Phoenix and Glendale, and have a spot at home to charge an EV, then the longer refueling time and range anxiety may not be much of a problem, but if you regularly take long trips, and need a vehicle that is ready to go in minutes after stopping for gas, then a hybrid might be your choice. As always, if you need hybrid repair or EV repair, come in to Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix and we will be happy to help. Call us at 602-269-3576 or stop in at 429 S. 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009 or schedule your service today online by clicking HERE.