How Many Types of Hybrid Cars Are There?

2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid


Throughout our various dealership locations, we offer a wide range of new and pre-owned models for you to choose from. With that being said, many shoppers are becoming increasingly interested in hybrid vehicles to help them save money during their travels. But, did you know there are many different types of hybrid cars available for you to choose from?

So, how many types of hybrid cars are there? There are technically three main types of hybrid cars available. You can choose from a standard full hybrid vehicle, a mild hybrid vehicle, and a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Each option has one goal and that’s to help you stop less at the pump as you drive around , but the way they operate is different. Today, the experts from Sam Leman Automotive Group will help you learn all about the different types of hybrid vehicles available!

The Types of Hybrid Cars Available

The term hybrid comes from vehicles that use both a gasoline engine and electric motors to power you on the roads. In simple terms, a hybrid vehicle uses a combination of electric motors and a gasoline engine to help you save more fuel wherever you go.

However, the way that the electric motors and internal combustion engines work together can vary depending on the specific hybrid you choose. Now that we’ve answered, “How many types of hybrid cars are there?” let’s take a look at how each hybrid type works:
2022 Toyota Prius in the city

Full Hybrid

Full hybrid vehicles typically have an internal combustion engine and electric motors to help them drive around town. Full hybrid vehicles can often run on the internal combustion engine alone, the electric motors alone, or a combination of both. There’s no way to plug in to charge a full hybrid vehicle and the electric motors often assist the internal combustion engine as you go on a drive. The most popular full hybrid vehicle you’ve probably heard of is the Toyota Prius.
2020 RAM 1500 Mild Hybrid

Mild Hybrid

Mild hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more common as their driving experience is not much different from a standard vehicle. Mild hybrid vehicles have an electric motor and internal combustion engine that work together to get you through your drives.

The difference between mild hybrid vehicles and full hybrid vehicles is that mild hybrid vehicles can not run solely on either its internal combustion engine or its electric motors. One mild-hybrid vehicle you’ve probably heard of includes the RAM 1500.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

Plug-In Hybrid

Finally, the last hybrid type are plug-in hybrids. Plug-in hybrid vehicles are similar to a full hybrid except they offer a larger battery. Because of the larger battery, you can often plug-in a plug-in hybrid, hence the name, and it’ll provide you with the ability to drive longer distances on pure electric power.

Plug-in hybrids are a great bridge between a vehicle with an internal combustion engine and a fully electric vehicle. They offer the possibility of driving on full-electric power without the worry of finding a charging station as it still has an internal combustion engine as a backup. Several plug-in hybrid models can range from a Jeep Wrangler 4xe to a BMW X5 xDrive45e.

Explore All Types of Hybrid Cars With Sam Leman Automotive Group!

Whether you’re looking for an off-road friendly plug-in hybrid for Bloomington, Morton, Peoria explorations or you need an incredibly fuel-efficient full hybrid model for your drives, we can help you find the right hybrid vehicle. Work with Sam Leman Automotive Group today and you won’t be disappointed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for assistance!

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