North American Plug-in Hybrid and Range Extending EV Comparison
What is a Plug-in Hybrid car?
A Plug-in Hybrid car is a car that has both an gasoline engine and an electric engine, like a Hybrid car. The only difference is a bigger battery and sometimes a bigger electric engine. A Plug-in car can drive with the help of its electric motor exclusively for a specific number of miles, usually between 11 to 21 miles. Then, when the battery has been exhausted, the gasoline engine takes over to propel the car. The gasoline engine can recharge the battery a little bit but as its name implies, a Plug-in Hybrid can be, guess what, plugged-in to recharge its battery.
In summary, a Plug-in Hybrid is a car that can be propelled by both its electric moto or gasoline motor exclusively or in parallel.
What is a Range-Extended Electric car?
A Range-Extended Electric car is a car that is always propelled by its electric engine, all the time, forever and ever. Then, when the batteries get depleted, instead of being stranded on the side of the road, a very small gasoline engine starts to drive a generator to product electricity that the electric motor will use to continue propelling the car.
A Range-Extended Electric car, tend to have a big electric motor and a tiny gasoline engine. Whereas a Plug-in Hybrid tend to have a big gasoline engine and a small electric motor.
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|Model||i3||i8||Volt||Fusion Energi||CMAX||Accord Plug-in|
|Vehicle type||Range extended EV||Plug-in Hybrid||Range extended EV||Plug-in Hybrid||Plug-in Hybrid||Plug-in Hybrid|
|Battery size (kWh)||18.8||7.1||18.4||7.6||7.6||6.7|
|Type||Single speed||Automatic||Single speed||CVT||CVT||CVT|
|Top speed (mph)||93||155||102|
|EV mode top speed||93||75||85|
|EV Range (miles)||81||15||53||21||21||13|
|Total Range (miles)||150||330||420||550||570|
|On-board charger (kW)||3|
|Recharge 110V (hours)||3.5||13||7||7||3|
|Recharge 240V (hours)||3||1.5||4.5||2.5||2.5||1|