Better FULL HYBRID or PLUG-IN?  We help you choose - Andrea Galeazzi

Better FULL HYBRID or PLUG-IN? We help you choose – Andrea Galeazzi

Hybrid-powered cars are increasingly widespread but they are not all the same and you have to choose wisely to avoid finding yourself with a car that is not suitable for your type of use that only ends up consuming even more than a normal diesel or petrol and maybe not we explain why. It is precisely to help you in this choice that today we show you the differences between a plug-in hybrid and a full hybrid .. with some advice on how to drive them!

Full hybrid or Plug-in? Let’s start from Before, huge, discriminating. Do you have the box? Yes because the rule number 1 of the plug-in is recharge it, so if you have a box or in any case a place to recharge it at home then it makes sense, otherwise a plug-in that has never been recharged has only disadvantages compared to a normal full hybrid.

In the case of our two KIA Sportage, but this applies to all cars, the full hybrid has a much smaller battery and electric motor. Let’s talk about 1.39kWh with a 44kW on the first while beyond 13kWh of battery and motor from 60kW for the plug-in. The heat engine is the same on both, a turbo 1.600cc.

From these first data you can already understand why we said that a plug-in not recharged with the plug does not make sense. Such a large battery cannot be recharged only with regeneration under braking and you will carry an extra 300kg with you that you will never be able to use.

The pro of the plug-in therefore it is also able to travel several kilometers in the city going alone electric, therefore, by not consuming fuel and remaining zero emissions, it must be said that if driven correctly, even the full-hybrid becomes really efficient in the city.

What does it mean to drive correctly? It means trying to predict, whenever we can, the traffic in front of us so as not to always nail at the last, which would make us use the mechanical brakes and not the regeneration of the engine, and accelerating gradually, which would do. turn on the heat engine and not just the electric one. In this way we will be able to regenerate as much as possible and consume as little as possible, which after a minimum of practice will come naturally. This type of driving is facilitated by the plug-in, which having a larger engine offers greater regeneration and consequently braking capacity, making the car’s mechanical brakes work even less.

A further one difference between full hybrid And plug-in lies in out-of-town behavior. The first will not have great efficiency, especially at motorway speeds the electric motor and the small battery will be of little help, perhaps at 80 km / h to overtake, yes but not much more. The plug-in, on the other hand, has an electrical part that can help traction even at higher speeds, albeit for not too many kilometers. A further reason for not keeping the plug-in discharged is this, it would be to carry 300 kilograms which at high speeds will consume even more the thermal.

Which for whom? There full hybrid it is good for all those who make both city and long trips in equal measure, the plug-in it is more of a niche, it makes sense for those who move mainly in the city and maybe do one long route a month. For those who, on the other hand, the city is at 90% and long journeys are only one or two a year, then one 100% electric it eliminates many possible problems and a lot of maintenance while for those who travel a lot and especially on the motorway .. the dear old man diesel still makes sense and efficiency!

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