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Plug-In Hybrid Buying Guide

A lesser-known electric car option — plug-in hybrid — combines the best of gas and EVs. PHEVs act like electric cars around town and gasoline-powered vehicles on road trips.

America’s transition from gasoline-powered cars phệ electric cars makes shoppers and first-time buyers wonder which type of electric car phệ buy. How about both. After all, they function suitably well without regular access phệ chargers.

This guide will explore the basics of PHEVs. We’ll cover the pros and cons, the best way phệ charge your plug-in hybrid, and everything you need phệ know phệ decide whether one is right for you.

Plug-in Hybrid Basics

The 2022 Volvo S60 Recharge PHEV T8 R-Design front right in silver

Before introducing a plug-in hybrid, we first need phệ tell you about hybrid cars.

Hybrids hit the American market when the quirky first-generation Honda Insight first rolled its covered wheels onto dealership lots in 1999. The Toyota Prius followed in 2000. Most Americans have a good grasp of what hybrids offer.

Traditional hybrids use a gasoline engine and a small electric motor fed by a small battery. They can run on their electric motor at neighborhood speeds. But once a car accelerates past about 30 mph, its gasoline engine kicks into drive.

Hybrids recharge their batteries by capturing some energy from their brakes. The process, called regenerative braking, gives them excellent gas mileage.

RELATED STORIES: Electric Car FAQ: Your Questions Answered

The Hyundai Elantra compact car, for instance, gets 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway in its traditional fuel form. But the Elantra Hybrid manages a more impressive 53 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway.

PHEVs work differently. A PHEV also uses a gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a battery. But its electric motor is more powerful. A plug-in hybrid battery is much larger — closer phệ one found in a pure electric vehicle (EV) like a Tesla.

A PHEV can accelerate up phệ its top speed under electric power alone. A plug-in’s gasoline engine turns on once its battery gets close phệ empty. The exact distance they can travel on electric power alone differs by vehicle, weather, and driving conditions. But most manufacturers advertise an electric-only range between 25 and 35 miles. Most drivers, in practice, get a slightly lower but similar figure.

According phệ the United States Department of Transportation, most Americans drive less than 25 miles per day. So, owning a PHEV works a bit like owning an electric car from day phệ day. Your results may vary, but many of us could commute phệ work, take the kids phệ school, and run our daily errands in a PHEV without using a drop of gasoline.

But PHEV owners don’t need phệ worry about range limitations as EV owners do. You can take a weekend getaway or road trip without complications in your PHEV. You’ll just feel the gasoline engine switch on somewhere around mile 27.

PHEVs can’t get all the electricity they need from regenerative braking. They recharge using an outlet as EVs do.

What Kind of PHEV Should I Buy?

In 2022, you can find plug-in hybrids available in most vehicle classes, from compact phệ luxury SUVs.

Are you looking for a family sedan? The Toyota Prius Prime or Hyundai Ioniq PHEV will probably do the trick.

Need a compact crossover? How about a Toyota RAV4 Prime (our sister site Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award winner among PHEVs) or the all-new Hyundai Tucson PHEV? If buying domestic matters phệ you, the Ford Escape PHEV boasts a battery-only range of 37 miles.

If it’s a larger SUV you need, the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring comes with a PHEV drivetrain and can tow up phệ 6,700 pounds.

The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV covers minivan buyers.

Going off-road? The Jeep Wrangler 4xe (Jeep says it’s called “4-by-E”) offers an electric-only range of 22 miles, and off-roading in the near-silence of electric propulsion brings an almost mystical experience. You can hear the streams you cross. The sound of your motor does not scare away wildlife.

BMW and Audi make PHEV versions of many of their cars and SUVs among luxury automakers. Even super-luxury makers build PHEVs. The Bentley Bentayga PHEV gets the equivalent of 46 mpg — better than the 18 mpg in the standard Bentayga.

PHEVs can be as inexpensive as the Ioniq’s $26,700 starting price or as spendy as the if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it Ferrari SF90 Stradale (986 horsepower and a whopping 8-mile electric-only range).

A plug-in hybrid pickup truck or cargo van has yet phệ hit the U.S. market, but a persistent rumor circulating within the auto industry says Ford will introduce a Ranger PHEV pickup in a year or two.

Do PHEVs Get Electric Car Tax Breaks?

When considering the price, remember that many PHEVs can get a federal tax rebate of up phệ $7,500.

The incentive starts phệ sunset after an automaker sells 200,000 eligible cars, so not every PHEV on the market qualifies for the total amount. Still, most do.

State and local rebates and other incentives designed phệ encourage you phệ buy a more fuel-efficient car can also help defray costs. Even some electric companies offer incentives phệ PHEV buyers — after all, they’d love you phệ buy more electricity and less gasoline.

Do I Need an EV Charger?

PHEVs come with chargers, and you will want one. They can charge from a standard wall outlet, but they’ll do it slowly.

Because they come with many different battery sizes, it’s impossible phệ give a simple estimate of how long the average PHEV takes phệ charge and under variable conditions. Most manufacturers only reveal how long it takes phệ charge the battery at a commercial Màn chơi 3 fast charger if they publish a charging time. Those use direct current, and it’s not feasible phệ get one installed at your house.

RELATED STORIES: How phệ Charge an Electric Car

ChargePoint, an electric-car-charging network built for commercial businesses, performed testing on a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Its results say that the Mitsubishi charged fully from a standard home wall outlet, or Màn chơi 1 charger, in about eight hours. Using a Màn chơi 2 charger, or an outlet similar phệ the type you would use for a clothes dryer, the Mitsubishi charged fully in under four hours. Hooked up phệ a Màn chơi 3 commercial charger like those you see outside malls and other retail and grocery stores, the EV charged 80% of its batteries in 25 minutes.

You might be satisfied recharging your PHEV overnight with a standard wall outlet. But, if you want the ability phệ recharge quickly, you’ll need phệ get a Màn chơi 2 charger installed. Most car dealers can arrange for that as part of the sale and build the cost into the purchase price.

Apartment dwellers could ask their management company phệ install one if the building does not already provide them. Some building owners may be happy phệ offer it as an amenity, and programs offered by electric companies can significantly lower the cost phệ them.

PHEV Pros

1. Cost of Driving

Electricity costs less than gasoline. Driving a PHEV will let you use the cheapest available driving fuel for most of your daily needs.

2. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Many car shoppers choose an EV because they like reducing their daily emissions. Every little bit helps.

3. Gets You Ready for the EV Transition

Most automakers plan phệ transition phệ an all or mostly EV lineup over the next decade. But America’s charging infrastructure needs phệ catch up. Choosing a PHEV as your next car means you can drive easily in today’s gas-station-heavy infrastructure but still be ready for a decade from now when chargers may be more commonplace than gas pumps.

4. Survive Blackouts and Gas Shortages

EV owners worry about losing transportation during an extended blackout. Gas-powered car owners worry about surging gas prices, which will be with us on and off for the rest of our lives. PHEV owners can use either fuel source based on which is cheapest and available at the time.

5. Get That Hefty Tax Break

Most new PHEVs for sale remain eligible for a federal tax rebate of up phệ $7,500. When you file your taxes, you get some money back, and the credit helps defer the higher price of PHEVs.

PHEV Cons

1. Up-Front Cost

The plug-in hybrid version of a car can cost thousands more than a comparable gas-powered vehicle. The Lincoln Aviator, with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, starts at $51,780 (plus a $1,195 destination fee). The Aviator Grand Touring PHEV pricing begins at $68,680. Price differences that large aren’t unusual.

2. Complexity

More parts mean more can break. Electric motors and batteries offer very low failure rates, but fixing a 2-part drivetrain could cost more than repairing a simple gasoline drivetrain as your car ages.

3. You May Want phệ Install a Fast Charger

PHEVs can charge from a standard wall outlet. But not quickly enough for many drivers. You may need phệ factor in the extra cost and hassle of installing a fast charger at home or working with your landlord or building manager phệ get access phệ one.

4. The Unknowns About PHEV Resale Value

PHEVs are a new technology that they’re not yet common on the used market, so it’s hard phệ predict their resale value. However, we should note that skeptics raised this concern in the early days of hybrid technology, and hybrids have proven phệ hold their resale value at almost normal levels.

Related PHEV Stories:

  • Is Buying a Used Hybrid Car a Good Idea?
  • Best Tires for EVs, Hybrids, and PHEVs
  • Should You Buy an Electric Vehicle or a Plug-in Hybrid?


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Plug-In Hybrid Buying Guide

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A lesser-known electric car option — plug-in hybrid — combines the best of gas and EVs. PHEVs act like electric cars around town and gasoline-powered vehicles on road trips.
America’s transition from gasoline-powered cars phệ electric cars makes shoppers and first-time buyers wonder which type of electric car phệ buy. How about both. After all, they function suitably well without regular access phệ chargers.
This guide will explore the basics of PHEVs. We’ll cover the pros and cons, the best way phệ charge your plug-in hybrid, and everything you need phệ know phệ decide whether one is right for you.

Plug-in Hybrid Basics

Before introducing a plug-in hybrid, we first need phệ tell you about hybrid cars.
Hybrids hit the American market when the quirky first-generation Honda Insight first rolled its covered wheels onto dealership lots in 1999. The Toyota Prius followed in 2000. Most Americans have a good grasp of what hybrids offer.
Traditional hybrids use a gasoline engine and a small electric motor fed by a small battery. They can run on their electric motor at neighborhood speeds. But once a car accelerates past about 30 mph, its gasoline engine kicks into drive.
Hybrids recharge their batteries by capturing some energy from their brakes. The process, called regenerative braking, gives them excellent gas mileage.
RELATED STORIES: Electric Car FAQ: Your Questions Answered
The Hyundai Elantra compact car, for instance, gets 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway in its traditional fuel form. But the Elantra Hybrid manages a more impressive 53 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway.
PHEVs work differently. A PHEV also uses a gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a battery. But its electric motor is more powerful. A plug-in hybrid battery is much larger — closer phệ one found in a pure electric vehicle (EV) like a Tesla.
A PHEV can accelerate up phệ its top speed under electric power alone. A plug-in’s gasoline engine turns on once its battery gets close phệ empty. The exact distance they can travel on electric power alone differs by vehicle, weather, and driving conditions. But most manufacturers advertise an electric-only range between 25 and 35 miles. Most drivers, in practice, get a slightly lower but similar figure.
According phệ the United States Department of Transportation, most Americans drive less than 25 miles per day. So, owning a PHEV works a bit like owning an electric car from day phệ day. Your results may vary, but many of us could commute phệ work, take the kids phệ school, and run our daily errands in a PHEV without using a drop of gasoline.
But PHEV owners don’t need phệ worry about range limitations as EV owners do. You can take a weekend getaway or road trip without complications in your PHEV. You’ll just feel the gasoline engine switch on somewhere around mile 27.
PHEVs can’t get all the electricity they need from regenerative braking. They recharge using an outlet as EVs do.
What Kind of PHEV Should I Buy?
In 2022, you can find plug-in hybrids available in most vehicle classes, from compact phệ luxury SUVs.
Are you looking for a family sedan? The Toyota Prius Prime or Hyundai Ioniq PHEV will probably do the trick.
Need a compact crossover? How about a Toyota RAV4 Prime (our sister site Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award winner among PHEVs) or the all-new Hyundai Tucson PHEV? If buying domestic matters phệ you, the Ford Escape PHEV boasts a battery-only range of 37 miles.
If it’s a larger SUV you need, the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring comes with a PHEV drivetrain and can tow up phệ 6,700 pounds.
The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV covers minivan buyers.
Going off-road? The Jeep Wrangler 4xe (Jeep says it’s called “4-by-E”) offers an electric-only range of 22 miles, and off-roading in the near-silence of electric propulsion brings an almost mystical experience. You can hear the streams you cross. The sound of your motor does not scare away wildlife.
BMW and Audi make PHEV versions of many of their cars and SUVs among luxury automakers. Even super-luxury makers build PHEVs. The Bentley Bentayga PHEV gets the equivalent of 46 mpg — better than the 18 mpg in the standard Bentayga.
PHEVs can be as inexpensive as the Ioniq’s $26,700 starting price or as spendy as the if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it Ferrari SF90 Stradale (986 horsepower and a whopping 8-mile electric-only range).
A plug-in hybrid pickup truck or cargo van has yet phệ hit the U.S. market, but a persistent rumor circulating within the auto industry says Ford will introduce a Ranger PHEV pickup in a year or two.
Do PHEVs Get Electric Car Tax Breaks?
When considering the price, remember that many PHEVs can get a federal tax rebate of up phệ $7,500.
The incentive starts phệ sunset after an automaker sells 200,000 eligible cars, so not every PHEV on the market qualifies for the total amount. Still, most do.
State and local rebates and other incentives designed phệ encourage you phệ buy a more fuel-efficient car can also help defray costs. Even some electric companies offer incentives phệ PHEV buyers — after all, they’d love you phệ buy more electricity and less gasoline.
Do I Need an EV Charger?
PHEVs come with chargers, and you will want one. They can charge from a standard wall outlet, but they’ll do it slowly.
Because they come with many different battery sizes, it’s impossible phệ give a simple estimate of how long the average PHEV takes phệ charge and under variable conditions. Most manufacturers only reveal how long it takes phệ charge the battery at a commercial Màn chơi 3 fast charger if they publish a charging time. Those use direct current, and it’s not feasible phệ get one installed at your house.
RELATED STORIES: How phệ Charge an Electric Car
ChargePoint, an electric-car-charging network built for commercial businesses, performed testing on a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Its results say that the Mitsubishi charged fully from a standard home wall outlet, or Màn chơi 1 charger, in about eight hours. Using a Màn chơi 2 charger, or an outlet similar phệ the type you would use for a clothes dryer, the Mitsubishi charged fully in under four hours. Hooked up phệ a Màn chơi 3 commercial charger like those you see outside malls and other retail and grocery stores, the EV charged 80% of its batteries in 25 minutes.
You might be satisfied recharging your PHEV overnight with a standard wall outlet. But, if you want the ability phệ recharge quickly, you’ll need phệ get a Màn chơi 2 charger installed. Most car dealers can arrange for that as part of the sale and build the cost into the purchase price.
Apartment dwellers could ask their management company phệ install one if the building does not already provide them. Some building owners may be happy phệ offer it as an amenity, and programs offered by electric companies can significantly lower the cost phệ them.
PHEV Pros
1. Cost of Driving
Electricity costs less than gasoline. Driving a PHEV will let you use the cheapest available driving fuel for most of your daily needs.
2. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Many car shoppers choose an EV because they like reducing their daily emissions. Every little bit helps.
3. Gets You Ready for the EV Transition
Most automakers plan phệ transition phệ an all or mostly EV lineup over the next decade. But America’s charging infrastructure needs phệ catch up. Choosing a PHEV as your next car means you can drive easily in today’s gas-station-heavy infrastructure but still be ready for a decade from now when chargers may be more commonplace than gas pumps.
4. Survive Blackouts and Gas Shortages
EV owners worry about losing transportation during an extended blackout. Gas-powered car owners worry about surging gas prices, which will be with us on and off for the rest of our lives. PHEV owners can use either fuel source based on which is cheapest and available at the time.
5. Get That Hefty Tax Break
Most new PHEVs for sale remain eligible for a federal tax rebate of up phệ $7,500. When you file your taxes, you get some money back, and the credit helps defer the higher price of PHEVs.
PHEV Cons
1. Up-Front Cost
The plug-in hybrid version of a car can cost thousands more than a comparable gas-powered vehicle. The Lincoln Aviator, with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, starts at $51,780 (plus a $1,195 destination fee). The Aviator Grand Touring PHEV pricing begins at $68,680. Price differences that large aren’t unusual.
2. Complexity
More parts mean more can break. Electric motors and batteries offer very low failure rates, but fixing a 2-part drivetrain could cost more than repairing a simple gasoline drivetrain as your car ages.
3. You May Want phệ Install a Fast Charger
PHEVs can charge from a standard wall outlet. But not quickly enough for many drivers. You may need phệ factor in the extra cost and hassle of installing a fast charger at home or working with your landlord or building manager phệ get access phệ one.
4. The Unknowns About PHEV Resale Value
PHEVs are a new technology that they’re not yet common on the used market, so it’s hard phệ predict their resale value. However, we should note that skeptics raised this concern in the early days of hybrid technology, and hybrids have proven phệ hold their resale value at almost normal levels.
Related PHEV Stories:
Is Buying a Used Hybrid Car a Good Idea?
Best Tires for EVs, Hybrids, and PHEVs
Should You Buy an Electric Vehicle or a Plug-in Hybrid?

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A lesser-known electric car option — plug-in hybrid — combines the best of gas and EVs. PHEVs act like electric cars around town and gasoline-powered vehicles on road trips.
America’s transition from gasoline-powered cars phệ electric cars makes shoppers and first-time buyers wonder which type of electric car phệ buy. How about both. After all, they function suitably well without regular access phệ chargers.
This guide will explore the basics of PHEVs. We’ll cover the pros and cons, the best way phệ charge your plug-in hybrid, and everything you need phệ know phệ decide whether one is right for you.

Plug-in Hybrid Basics

Before introducing a plug-in hybrid, we first need phệ tell you about hybrid cars.
Hybrids hit the American market when the quirky first-generation Honda Insight first rolled its covered wheels onto dealership lots in 1999. The Toyota Prius followed in 2000. Most Americans have a good grasp of what hybrids offer.
Traditional hybrids use a gasoline engine and a small electric motor fed by a small battery. They can run on their electric motor at neighborhood speeds. But once a car accelerates past about 30 mph, its gasoline engine kicks into drive.
Hybrids recharge their batteries by capturing some energy from their brakes. The process, called regenerative braking, gives them excellent gas mileage.
RELATED STORIES: Electric Car FAQ: Your Questions Answered
The Hyundai Elantra compact car, for instance, gets 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway in its traditional fuel form. But the Elantra Hybrid manages a more impressive 53 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway.
PHEVs work differently. A PHEV also uses a gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a battery. But its electric motor is more powerful. A plug-in hybrid battery is much larger — closer phệ one found in a pure electric vehicle (EV) like a Tesla.
A PHEV can accelerate up phệ its top speed under electric power alone. A plug-in’s gasoline engine turns on once its battery gets close phệ empty. The exact distance they can travel on electric power alone differs by vehicle, weather, and driving conditions. But most manufacturers advertise an electric-only range between 25 and 35 miles. Most drivers, in practice, get a slightly lower but similar figure.
According phệ the United States Department of Transportation, most Americans drive less than 25 miles per day. So, owning a PHEV works a bit like owning an electric car from day phệ day. Your results may vary, but many of us could commute phệ work, take the kids phệ school, and run our daily errands in a PHEV without using a drop of gasoline.
But PHEV owners don’t need phệ worry about range limitations as EV owners do. You can take a weekend getaway or road trip without complications in your PHEV. You’ll just feel the gasoline engine switch on somewhere around mile 27.
PHEVs can’t get all the electricity they need from regenerative braking. They recharge using an outlet as EVs do.
What Kind of PHEV Should I Buy?
In 2022, you can find plug-in hybrids available in most vehicle classes, from compact phệ luxury SUVs.
Are you looking for a family sedan? The Toyota Prius Prime or Hyundai Ioniq PHEV will probably do the trick.
Need a compact crossover? How about a Toyota RAV4 Prime (our sister site Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award winner among PHEVs) or the all-new Hyundai Tucson PHEV? If buying domestic matters phệ you, the Ford Escape PHEV boasts a battery-only range of 37 miles.
If it’s a larger SUV you need, the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring comes with a PHEV drivetrain and can tow up phệ 6,700 pounds.
The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV covers minivan buyers.
Going off-road? The Jeep Wrangler 4xe (Jeep says it’s called “4-by-E”) offers an electric-only range of 22 miles, and off-roading in the near-silence of electric propulsion brings an almost mystical experience. You can hear the streams you cross. The sound of your motor does not scare away wildlife.
BMW and Audi make PHEV versions of many of their cars and SUVs among luxury automakers. Even super-luxury makers build PHEVs. The Bentley Bentayga PHEV gets the equivalent of 46 mpg — better than the 18 mpg in the standard Bentayga.
PHEVs can be as inexpensive as the Ioniq’s $26,700 starting price or as spendy as the if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it Ferrari SF90 Stradale (986 horsepower and a whopping 8-mile electric-only range).
A plug-in hybrid pickup truck or cargo van has yet phệ hit the U.S. market, but a persistent rumor circulating within the auto industry says Ford will introduce a Ranger PHEV pickup in a year or two.
Do PHEVs Get Electric Car Tax Breaks?
When considering the price, remember that many PHEVs can get a federal tax rebate of up phệ $7,500.
The incentive starts phệ sunset after an automaker sells 200,000 eligible cars, so not every PHEV on the market qualifies for the total amount. Still, most do.
State and local rebates and other incentives designed phệ encourage you phệ buy a more fuel-efficient car can also help defray costs. Even some electric companies offer incentives phệ PHEV buyers — after all, they’d love you phệ buy more electricity and less gasoline.
Do I Need an EV Charger?
PHEVs come with chargers, and you will want one. They can charge from a standard wall outlet, but they’ll do it slowly.
Because they come with many different battery sizes, it’s impossible phệ give a simple estimate of how long the average PHEV takes phệ charge and under variable conditions. Most manufacturers only reveal how long it takes phệ charge the battery at a commercial Màn chơi 3 fast charger if they publish a charging time. Those use direct current, and it’s not feasible phệ get one installed at your house.
RELATED STORIES: How phệ Charge an Electric Car
ChargePoint, an electric-car-charging network built for commercial businesses, performed testing on a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Its results say that the Mitsubishi charged fully from a standard home wall outlet, or Màn chơi 1 charger, in about eight hours. Using a Màn chơi 2 charger, or an outlet similar phệ the type you would use for a clothes dryer, the Mitsubishi charged fully in under four hours. Hooked up phệ a Màn chơi 3 commercial charger like those you see outside malls and other retail and grocery stores, the EV charged 80% of its batteries in 25 minutes.
You might be satisfied recharging your PHEV overnight with a standard wall outlet. But, if you want the ability phệ recharge quickly, you’ll need phệ get a Màn chơi 2 charger installed. Most car dealers can arrange for that as part of the sale and build the cost into the purchase price.
Apartment dwellers could ask their management company phệ install one if the building does not already provide them. Some building owners may be happy phệ offer it as an amenity, and programs offered by electric companies can significantly lower the cost phệ them.
PHEV Pros
1. Cost of Driving
Electricity costs less than gasoline. Driving a PHEV will let you use the cheapest available driving fuel for most of your daily needs.
2. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Many car shoppers choose an EV because they like reducing their daily emissions. Every little bit helps.
3. Gets You Ready for the EV Transition
Most automakers plan phệ transition phệ an all or mostly EV lineup over the next decade. But America’s charging infrastructure needs phệ catch up. Choosing a PHEV as your next car means you can drive easily in today’s gas-station-heavy infrastructure but still be ready for a decade from now when chargers may be more commonplace than gas pumps.
4. Survive Blackouts and Gas Shortages
EV owners worry about losing transportation during an extended blackout. Gas-powered car owners worry about surging gas prices, which will be with us on and off for the rest of our lives. PHEV owners can use either fuel source based on which is cheapest and available at the time.
5. Get That Hefty Tax Break
Most new PHEVs for sale remain eligible for a federal tax rebate of up phệ $7,500. When you file your taxes, you get some money back, and the credit helps defer the higher price of PHEVs.
PHEV Cons
1. Up-Front Cost
The plug-in hybrid version of a car can cost thousands more than a comparable gas-powered vehicle. The Lincoln Aviator, with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, starts at $51,780 (plus a $1,195 destination fee). The Aviator Grand Touring PHEV pricing begins at $68,680. Price differences that large aren’t unusual.
2. Complexity
More parts mean more can break. Electric motors and batteries offer very low failure rates, but fixing a 2-part drivetrain could cost more than repairing a simple gasoline drivetrain as your car ages.
3. You May Want phệ Install a Fast Charger
PHEVs can charge from a standard wall outlet. But not quickly enough for many drivers. You may need phệ factor in the extra cost and hassle of installing a fast charger at home or working with your landlord or building manager phệ get access phệ one.
4. The Unknowns About PHEV Resale Value
PHEVs are a new technology that they’re not yet common on the used market, so it’s hard phệ predict their resale value. However, we should note that skeptics raised this concern in the early days of hybrid technology, and hybrids have proven phệ hold their resale value at almost normal levels.
Related PHEV Stories:
Is Buying a Used Hybrid Car a Good Idea?
Best Tires for EVs, Hybrids, and PHEVs
Should You Buy an Electric Vehicle or a Plug-in Hybrid?

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