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What are Hybrid Cars?

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More and more Nashua drivers are choosing to drive hybrid cars for their fuel efficiency and lighter impact on the environment. What is a hybrid car? What is a plug-in hybrid? We explain the differences between these kinds of eco-friendly cars below.

What is a Hybrid Car?

So, what is a hybrid car, exactly? Hybrid cars are a subset of electric cars that utilize a conventional engine and an electric motor. The electric motor supplements the power from the mechanical engine, resulting in the ability to go much farther on a tank of gas than would be possible with only a conventional engine. How does a regular hybrid car charge? Most conventional hybrids employ regenerative braking, which allows the car to charge when the brakes are applied. This is why hybrid cars often get higher gas mileage in stop-and-go city traffic than they do on the highway. Hybrid cars are not charged by being plugged in to an outlet or charging station.

What is a Plug-In Hybrid?

Then, what is a plug-in hybrid? Plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs) also combine a mechanical engine with an electric motor and have all the advantages of conventional hybrids. However, instead of charging through regenerative braking, plug-in hybrid cars charge by connecting to a public charging station or plugging in at home. BMW offers a line of high-quality, powerful plug-in hybrid cars that can reach highway speeds even when they are running electric-only (EV) mode. This is great news, since we’re seeing more and more charging stations pop up in the Manchester area.

Benefits of Electric Cars (EV)

There are multiple benefits offered by hybrid cars. Here are just a few:

Benefits of Owning a BMW PHEV

  • Federal tax credits
  • Local incentives
  • Significant fuel savings
  • 8-year/80,000-mile warranty on the BMW PHEV battery
  • Ability to monitor and manage charging on the BMW Connected App
  • Less impact on the environment

Check Out the Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles at Tulley BMW of Nashua

We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle. You can even apply for financing online. We’re just a short drive away from both Lowell, MA and Westford. So, drop by or contact us today!

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