Should I buy an EV or a Hybrid?

Should I buy an EV or a Hybrid?

The question is, are hybrid cars solving a problem, or are you just kicking the can (petrol can) down the road and potentially creating another one?


What’s a Hybrid anything, a piece of this and a piece of that – neither one nor the other and that.  Translated to car power, its a small petrol engine combined with a small electric motor and battery; result = compromise.

Hybrid cars have been with us for sometime, it was a step in the right direction in 1997, when one major car manufacturer, who is still very committed, filled a need for a cleaner, greener car.  Full EV battery technology was not where it is today, so the Hybrid made sense.  But times have changed.


With the advances in battery tech, in particular, full EV’s have sweep past Hybrids as the best option.  Now Hybrids tech is like putting a horse on the first electric cars 120 years ago!

The Hybrid Vehicle Compromise

Hybrid vehicles (or PHEV Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle or just HV) have gained popularity as a compromise between traditional gasoline cars and fully electric vehicles. They offer a blend of electric motor and internal combustion engine (ICE) power, but this compromise comes with its own set of trade-offs and limitations.

Hybrid EV

Minimal Electric Range

Hybrids typically have a limited electric-only range compared to pure electric vehicles (EVs). While they can run on electric power alone at low speeds for short distances, they often switch to gasoline power when accelerating or driving at highway speeds.  This means that the potential for reducing emissions and fuel consumption is constrained.

Complex Powertrain

Hybrid vehicles have a more complex powertrain with both an electric motor and usually a small petrol engine. This complexity can lead to higher maintenance and repair costs over time.  While they may require less maintenance than traditional ICE vehicles, hybrids can be more expensive to fix when issues arise.

Environmental Compromise

Hybrids do offer better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions compared to conventional ICE vehicles, but they don’t achieve the zero-emission status of pure EVs.  This environmental compromise may not satisfy consumers who are seeking to minimize their carbon footprint and reduce air pollution as much as possible.

So we say don't compromise, the answer is pure EV, not Hybrid.

If you’d like help deciding which EV, contact us here at AmazingEV, or check out there News here on some of the latest EV releases.

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Josephine Di Loreto

Why go backwards? A hybrid feels like steering away from innovation rather than driving towards what’s new and ready.

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