Hybrid vs. Electric Vehicles - Which Should You Buy?

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS Charging

Are you thinking about buying an electrified vehicle to get some relief from high gas prices, but you’re not sure whether to get a hybrid car or an electric vehicle like the Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan? You wouldn’t be the only Whitby driver to have a hybrid vs. electric car conundrum. So, we’ve put together a hybrid cars vs. electric cars comparison below.



Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars – Using Gas

Hybrid cars are generally more fuel efficient than gas-driven vehicles. But they still use gas, whereas fully electric vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz EQB do not. That means that EVs produce zero emissions and provide for the most economical Toronto commute.

Hybrid vs. Electric Car – Saving Gasoline

  • Electric cars – no gas costs, but incur costs from electricity usage
  • Plug-in hybrids – some gas and electricity costs, but significantly more fuel-efficient than either hybrids or combustion gas engines
  • Hybrids – use gas, but typically less gas than a conventional gas-driven vehicle.

Hybrid vs. Electric Car – Charging the Batteries

Charging is not an issue with most hybrid cars, as they are not completely electric. The gas engine charges the battery as the car runs. A plug-in hybrid needs to be charged in order for its electric motor to work, but will still be able to run if the battery runs out of charge, as the gas engine will take over. A fully electric vehicle must be charged in order to run, and making time to charge the vehicle can be a challenge for busy Oshawa drivers.

Hybrid Cars vs. Electric Cars – Charging

  • Electric cars must be charged, which can take a significant amount of time.
  • Plug-in hybrids need to be charged for the electric motor to work, though the gas engine will take over if the battery dies.
  • Hybrids do not need to be plugged in, as the electric motor is charged by the gas engine. However, they are significantly less fuel-efficient than plug-ins and EVs.

Hybrid vs. Electric Car – Price and Maintenance

While it’s true that hybrids have the lowest sticker price of all three options, they still require stops at the gas pump, unlike EVs. In addition, EVs do not use oil, so require no oil changes, spark plug changes, or many other regular maintenance tasks that still need to be done on hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

Test Drive the Electric Cars at Mercedes-Benz Durham

Why not come down and take one or more of our electric cars, like the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV for a test drive? These automobiles are very powerful and have an excellent range. Let us help you drive home in a precision-engineered electric Mercedes-Benz model of your own. We’re just down the road from Markham, so drop by or contact us today!


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