What’s the difference between a hybrid car and an electric car?

October 17th, 2019 by

Flanagan Motors is committed to being the number 1 dealer of Used Electric Vehicles.

But people are asking us about the differences between an electric vehicle (EV) and a Hybrid.

Jim Coulter, an expert in electric vehicle sales answers this question below.


Q – What’s the difference between an Electric Vehicle and a Hybrid?

A – The names give you a big clue. A hybrid car derives some of its power from a conventional gasoline engine. On the other hand, a true electric car (EV) gets all of its power from electrical sources and thereby is a completely non-polluting zero-emission vehicle (ZEV).   The AC charging port accepts either household-grade 120-volt current (typically requiring 24 hours for a full recharge) or 240-volt current (5 hours).

Since about 2015, new EV ‘s have been selling for $35,000 or more. They have the benefits of expanded driving range and longer-lasting batteries but electric cars sold between 2015 and 2019 sell for dramatically less because of federal and state tax credits and incentives used by the original purchaser. Today, tax credits and incentives have all but disappeared. Because of this, pre-owned electric vehicles are more than affordable to purchase and maintain.
You not only save money on the purchase, but you also save every month with lower costs to operate and maintain.
With late-model pre-owned EV’s there are no trips to the gas station, no oil changes, no gaskets to replace, no cylinder heads to machine, no spark plugs to replace, no valves to clog up, etc. Fewer moving parts means fewer things that can go wrong. Plus, many of the used EV’s we sell still have the remainder of the factory warranty in place for extra peace of mind.
EV’s might be the perfect commuter car for Missoula or your “green” business.  If you’re going to school, work or simply want to save money, consider an electric vehicle.  Financing is available. Flanagan Motors at 406-721-1381, or Visit our Missoula Used Electric Vehicles page. 

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