From quality hybrid sedans and SUVs to the latest Toyota electric vehicles, the big inventory at Centennial Toyota is where you should shop. And if you’re wondering which of these powertrains is best for you, we can help you out there too. Here’s some useful information about the difference between hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and electric vehicles.
Under the hood of every hybrid car at Centennial Toyota is a gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack. The electric motor supports you at low speeds, while the gas engine kicks in when traveling at highway speeds — the result is excellent gas mileage. Hybrid cars also produce lower emissions than vehicles with combustion engines and are more powerful too. On the convenience side, they don’t need to be plugged in to recharge and you can fill up at a regular gas station.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) share many similarities with hybrids, with one key difference: whereas a hybrid car can’t run without its gas engine, a PHEV boasts an all-electric driving range of 20 - 40 miles that boosts overall efficiency. The reason for this is that PHEVs have a larger battery than regular hybrids. Another benefit offered by the PHEVs at our nearby Toyota dealer is that many are eligible for federal tax incentives, which boosts the value of this body style even higher.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the most efficient of all ‘green’ automobile types. In addition to offering an all-electric driving range of up to 300 miles, the cost of Toyota service for an EV is less because it has fewer moving parts and no combustion engine. EVs also promise zero tailpipe emissions and an exceedingly quiet ride. Moreover, top-notch acceleration is ensured thanks to the instant power delivered by the electric motor, making EVs very fun to drive.
For fantastic fuel-efficient cars that sacrifice nothing in terms of style, comfort, or performance, visit our new car showroom today. We’ll set you up with a test drive, introduce our latest Toyota incentives, and sell you a vehicle you’ll really love.