Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Explained
You hear it on the TV and you see it all over the Internet. Plug-In Hybrids are starting to become more and more popular as manufacturers improve upon its unique design and engineering. But, what is a Plug-In Hybrid vehicle?
Environmentally-friendly vehicles are getting more advanced every year and it’s quite impressive. A Plug-in Hybrid uses battery-powered electricity and gasoline together in order to power the vehicle. And this can power can even come from the batter and gasoline at the same time. Then this battery is able to gain a charge as the vehicle is being driven through the use of its wheels, brakes and engine.
Since it still requires gasoline, you will still have to stop at the pump; though the trips to the gas station are fewer and further between. And because the power sources are combined (gas and battery), a Plug-in Hybrid can compete against traditional hybrids and will have a higher range than an electric vehicle.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid at Indy Honda
Furthering their own line of Plug-in Hybrids, Honda has their new 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The Clarity has been Honda’s environmentally-friendly vehicle for a while. Coming as a Plug-in Hybrid, Electric and Fuel Cell (hydrogen powered) vehicle. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid uses a high-capacity batter for a longer all-electric drive and uses a gas-powered engine as a back-up. It also offers the benefits of:
- All-electric daily driver – many daily driving trips are able to be made on the battery power alone
- Gas for distance – when the battery runs out, the gas-powered engine will take over to add an additional driving range
- Convenient charging – there are many charging stations throughout the country for you to stop at and charge up
- Choose drive mode – to personalize how you can use the engine and battery, there is the Normal, ECON and Sport driving modes
- Recharge while driving – HV Mode will use the gas engine and one of the electric motors to help recharge the battery while driving; also, there is the regenerative braking
If you’d like to learn more about Plug-in Hybrids and the new innovative 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, you can contact us at Indy Honda.