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Electric Vehicle Frequently Asked Questions

Today, electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, which means more buyers are opting to go green. Explore our guide for answers to all your EV-related questions!

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2022 BMW iX xDrive50 front view

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 Test Drive

The BMW iX xDrive50 is a luxurious EV with great range and impressive recharging times, which makes it a slam dunk for well-heeled, green-minded folks.

Side view of a 2022 Hyundai KONA Electric Limited

2022 Hyundai KONA Electric Limited Test Drive

Since its introduction in 2018, the small and sporty Hyundai KONA has become one of the most versatile vehicles on the market. And now there's an electric version!

Profile view of Mustang Mach-E

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Test Drive

With its swift, silent acceleration, the Mustang Mach-E feels like a secret weapon, and the one-pedal driving feature is far more engaging than you might expect!

2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS 580 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS 580 4MATIC Test Drive

The 2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS 580 4MATIC is a tech-rich, comfortable, and potent flagship straight from the future. But it's available in showrooms right now!

The BMW i4 M50 is an electric car that doesn't look like an electric car.

2022 BMW i4 M50 Test Drive

Despite its new-school powertrain, the vibe of the i4 M50 is classic BMW. Meaning it's elegant, purposeful, and delivers driving thrills in a big way.

Only 560 examples of the Mazda MX-30 will be produced, and those will all be sold in California.

2022 Mazda MX-30 Test Drive

At the end of the day, the Mazda MX-30 feels like more than the sum of its parts. It's quite good at navigating the urban landscape, and it's stylish to boot.

See the exterior of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium Test Drive

However polarizing it might have been initially, Ford's decision to name its sporty all-electric crossover the Mustang Mach-E turned out to be a very smart move.

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About hybrid and electric cars

What are hybrid cars?

Hybrid cars offer the modern consumer the best of both worlds: a hybrid car has a combustion engine that is powered by gasoline as well as an electric motor and rechargeable battery. These cars offer drivers concerned with fuel economy and lifetime ownership costs of a vehicle the flexibility of using the electric motor or the gas-powered engine.

Beyond that, there are different types of hybrid cars: standard hybrid vehicless and hybrid plug-in vehicles, often abbreviated as PHEV. The standard hybrid vehicle charges the battery by making judicious use of its braking system and engine to charge the battery pack. You won't be able to charge a hybrid in the traditional way, at a charging station. PHEVs, on the other hand, must be charged at a charging station like a traditional, fully-electric vehicle. PHEV also are equipped with a larger battery, and can be powered by electric energy alone without the use of gasoline in the fuel tank.

If you're looking for a hybrid car, check out the Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e, the Lexus 300h, or the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited.

Which one should I buy: a hybrid or an electric vehicle?

The biggest selling point of an electric vehicle is the reduced environmental impact. Modern consumers are concerned about the longevity of this planet we call home, and a big way to reduce your carbon footprint is to switch to an electric vehicle. What's a carbon footprint, you ask? A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases your activities may produce, whether that's driving in a gasoline-powered vehicle or using aerosol hairspray. Everything from where you buy your groceries to how far you drive to get them can impact the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which impacts the ozone layer, which impacts the Earth's temperatures and global warming.

Electric vehicles that are powered by fully-electric engines don't burn fuel, which means they're not emitting carbon into the air as you drive from here to there. If you want the best ratio of reducing your carbon footprint to the distance that you can drive, fully-electric vehicles are the way to go.

Though the hybrid market is becoming more diverse, and even includes the odd pickup truck these days, the drawback is that there are just not that many to choose from -- even in 2021.

The bottom line, though, is that every step you take -- and every mile you drive -- impacts our homeworld. We have yet to find another planet like this one, and choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle these days is not as novel an idea as it once was. Do the planet and yourself a favor and find a great hybrid or electric vehicle for your next daily driver.

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