Hybrid Cars FAQs

If you’ve been searching for a new, green set of wheels that you’ll love, you’ve started your search in the right place. Our team at Faulkner Mazda is here to help drivers like you get their hands on each and every dream ride—and help with your questions, too. Our repertoire has long expanded to include eco-friendlier vehicles, and we have all of the answers to your hybrid cars FAQs.

With these responses, you’ll learn all about how you can cruise the roads of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, all while staying green. Read on for more information.


What Differentiates Hybrids From EVs?

While both hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) are greener sets of wheels, there are a few features that differentiate them. For example, electric vehicles replace their gas tank with a battery, and their combustion engine is exchanged with an electric motor.

Conversely, hybrids are combinations—thus the name—and thereby use a battery, an electric motor, a gas tank, and a combustion engine. Despite using gasoline power, hybrids veer toward excellent fuel efficiency, so you know they’ll take you where you need to go.

Take a closer look:

Hybrids

Electric Vehicles

  • Battery
  • Electric motor
  • Gas tank
  • Combustion engine
  • Battery
  • Electric motor

Are There Different Kinds of Hybrids?

Car with Question MarkThe short answer to this question is yes. There are considered to be three, or four, depending on who you ask, and whether they count EVs as hybrids. The different kinds are:

  • Full hybrids
  • Mild hybrids
  • Plug-in hybrids
  • Electric vehicles

These differentiate themselves in small ways, like how a full hybrid can run on a combustion engine alone, while mild hybrids use their electric power for acceleration, for example.


How Do I Recharge a Hybrid?

Hybrid ChargingRecharging a hybrid is as easy as plugging in your smartphone after a long day at work. A standard charging cord—typically 120 volts—will come with your car, and you can use it in your garage, or any carport.

There are charging levels, and level two, which goes up to 240 volts, can charge your vehicle faster. You can find a bunch of charging stations near you when you take it out for a drive, too. Overall, though, charging up your ride is just as simple as plugging it in.

 


How Far Can I Drive on a Charge?

CX-5 in Red on Road RearThis question—while entirely understandable—is fully circumstantial on the hybrid vehicle in question. How far you can drive on a charge depends on where you are, what kind of hybrid you have, as well as its make.

As a general rule, most hybrids will use exclusively electricity for only the first 10-50 miles of a drive. After that, the range increases dramatically with the use of the gasoline engine. This can go up to 300 miles, but it also depends on the size of your fuel tank.

 


Set Up a Test Drive in a Mazda Hybrid

Have we provided the answers to each of your hybrid cars FAQs? If you’re ready to get your hands on one, you know who to get in touch with. Our team at Faulkner Mazda makes it our mission to assist drivers near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, PA, with finding their ideal, eco-friendly set of wheels. That could be you cruising down the road—so, call us!

Interested shoppers near us should visit in person or contact us today. We’ll set you up with a test drive in a Mazda hybrid.


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