Are Plug-In Hybrids Worth it? Experts answer.

Plug-in Hybrids are slowly entering into the car market and making quick the impression on car buyers. However, there’s a lot of conversation around the topic and questions arise like are plug-in hybrids worth it? If you’re not familiar with what plug-in hybrids are, how they work, and which Toyota models offer them, Toyota of Clermont experts are here to help you.  

What are Plug-in hybrids?

You may ask what does plug in hybrid mean? Plug-in Hybrids use both batteries to power an electric motor and gasoline to power their internal combustion engine. The Clermont plug-in batteries are charged using an EV charging station.

How plug-in hybrids work

Once the plug-in car runs out of its electric power, it switches to the internal combustion engine. So, if you kept your plug-in hybrid charged, you could solely allow it to run off of electric power if you wanted to save gas money. 

What is better – a hybrid or plug-in hybrid?

Plug-in Hybrids give drivers more range than a hybrid car. For example, the Toyota RAV4 Prime has a 600-mile total overall range. It gives you the ability to have the best of both worlds when it comes to electric and gasoline vehicles containing both engines. They are eligible for tax credits and incentives, unlike hybrid vehicles. It becomes worth it when you are able to get up to 7,500 dollars back on your car depending on where you live and buy your car. 

Reasons Plug-in Hybrids may not be worth it 

Although Plug-in Hybrids offer the option of both an electric and gasoline engine, it also comes with the downside of fueling/charging both of these engines if you want to reach its highest fuel capacity. Here are some other reasons to think about plug-in hybrids. 

  • High demand for plug-in hybrids with limited models available. However, here at Toyota of Clermont, we will do the best to get you the Toyota you are looking for through pre-ordering
  • Plug-in hybrids are more expensive than regular hybrids. However, you may be able to save more money in the long run through tax incentives and fuel costs. 
  • Plug in hybrid owners would need to use charging facilities and need to stop at the gas station. Although you get the best of both worlds, you also need to keep up with both ways of getting your Clermont Toyota on the move. 

What do we offer in the Toyota lineup for plug-ins?

Toyota’s plug-in hybrids are called Primes. You can find them on two models on the: 

Are you ready to buy a plug-in hybrid? Here are some things to consider.

  • Are there any available tax benefits with purchasing the plug-in hybrid you want? 
  • Do you have a charging station near you? If not, are you able to install one in your home?
  • How long is your everyday commute? 
  • Do you value a lower emissions car? 
  • Are you willing to pay more for the convenience of both a gasoline and electric engine? 

Have any questions about plug-in hybrids? Call us today!

We would love to help you answer any questions you may have about what’s better – a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric car. Give us a call at (352) 404-7000. We’re located just off the Florida Turnpike at 16851 State Road 50 Clermont, FL, 34711.