Hybrid and Electric Cars, Perfect for All Seasons?

One common concern that many people have with switching over to a hybrid or electric vehicle is how will they handle in the winter weather. We can tell you right away that you don’t have to worry about that – they’re just as good in winter driving conditions as any other vehicle.

That is of course if you can get out of the driveway after a blizzard – the winter problem our northern States often encounter. Luckily this isn’t a problem anymore, or at least it shouldn’t be if you have the right snowblower. You can find some great options for this on sites such as husqvarna.com or snowshifts.com. My personal favorite on the Snow Shifts site is the Black and Decker model.

Anyway, the point is that electric vehicles don’t suffer from the cold like they use to, because the charged batteries can hold their power without any problems. So neither the snow, nor the car itself should cause you any problems.

The question now becomes which is the best type of fuel efficient vehicle on the road, and there are a couple of different choices. There are certainly plenty of fuel efficient choices amongst the traditional gasoline fueled vehicles on the road today, but for the serious green conscious consumer it comes down to two simple options – hybrid or electric?

Both of these vehicle types have some tangible benefits and we’re going to take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of each one. Is there a clear winner between the two? Read on to find the answer!

Hybrid – Greater Range

One of the clearest benefits of a hybrid vehicle is that you will have much greater range than you would if you opted for an electric only car. The hybrid car will only get about 30 to 50 miles on an electric charge, but then you have the option to switch over to gas and you can keep driving for another 200 miles or more depending on the size of the tank. That means you can use your new hybrid like any other vehicle you’ve ever owned with few exceptions.

They’re electric mileage should be more than enough to drive you around town for the day if you’re lucky enough to work in the same city you live in. If that’s the case you may find you hardly ever have to switch over to gas at all.

Fueling Stations Are Widely Available

Most owners of hybrid vehicles recharge their electric battery cells overnight in their garage while they’re sleeping. There isn’t really a worry about finding an available charging station since gasoline refueling stations are on just about every street corner. That gives you the freedom of using a hybrid vehicle whenever you want without stressing about running out of fuel without any refueling options around. You may prefer to stick to running on electric as much as possible, but it’s nice to have the gasoline engine as a readily available back up. This is a great selling feature for hybrid electric vehicles.

True Zero Emission Electrics

With all the positive attributes we’ve already highlighted about hybrid vehicles you may be wondering why anyone would choose an electric vehicle and that’s a good question. It really depends on how serious you are about reducing your carbon footprint. If you want a truly zero emission vehicle a fully electric car is the only option.

You will have to contend with the difficulty of finding a recharging station, but there are more of them popping up all of the time and that won’t be much of a problem in the next couple of years. Their range is normally about double that a hybrid vehicle can travel on one charge and there are models currently available from Tesla Motors that can travel more than 200 miles on one charge. Electric vehicles may not be ideal for long commutes just yet, but they’re getting better all the time and this probably won’t be an issue within the next 5 years.