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Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV): What Are They & How Do They Work?

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV): What Are They & How Do They Work?

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV): What Are They & How Do They Work?      


Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are emerging as a smart solution for drivers in Trenton, Ontario, and beyond, bridging the gap between fully electric vehicles and traditional hybrids. With the ability to drive under pure electric power for daily commutes and switch to a hybrid engine for longer journeys, PHEVs offer the perfect blend of efficiency and versatility. Let's dive into what makes PHEVs a compelling choice and explore how they fit into your lifestyle.

The Difference Between Battery Electric Vehicles and Hybrids

To fully appreciate the functionality of a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), it's essential to grasp the basics of other electrified vehicles available in Ontario. A BEV, or battery-electric vehicle, operates solely on electricity—think Tesla or Nissan Leaf. You charge it, and it drives until the battery depletes, then it needs recharging. Hybrid vehicles, on the other hand, such as the popular Toyota Prius, utilize both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. They switch between these power sources based on the driving conditions, enhancing fuel efficiency without the need for manual intervention.

What Exactly is a PHEV and How Does It Work?

A PHEV offers a blend of BEV and hybrid technologies. Initially, after charging, it operates on electric power alone, covering anywhere from 24 to 68 kilometres on this mode—perfect for daily commutes in and around Trenton. Should the electric charge run out, the vehicle doesn't stop; instead, it shifts to hybrid mode, using the gasoline engine and the electric motor to continue the journey, ensuring that you're never stranded without power.

Charging a Plug-in Hybrid

Charging options for PHEVs are versatile, making them suitable for home setups in Trenton. While a 240-volt charger offers faster charging times, a standard 120-volt outlet is typically sufficient for overnight charging of a PHEV’s smaller battery. This flexibility eliminates the necessity for expensive charging infrastructure, which might be required for BEVs.

DC (Direct Current) Charging Not an Option with Most Plug-in Hybrids

Unlike BEVs, most PHEVs cannot utilize DC fast-charging stations due to their simpler and more compact battery systems. This design choice helps keep the vehicle’s cost and complexity lower compared to fully electric models.

Why Choose a PHEV?

For those living in Ontario, PHEVs represent a practical compromise between traditional hybrids and full electric vehicles. They provide significant fuel savings and environmental benefits without the range anxiety associated with BEVs. With the ability to charge at home and the assurance of hybrid flexibility for longer trips, PHEVs offer a compelling choice for those not ready to commit to a full electric lifestyle.


Spelmer Chrysler in Trenton continues to innovate within this category, offering options like the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid. This model combines the practicality of a family minivan with the efficiency of plug-in hybrid technology, making it an attractive option for those seeking to reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing convenience.

Explore the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid in Trenton 

PHEVs may not be for everyone, but for many drivers in Trenton and beyond, they offer a balanced approach to eco-friendly driving. Whether it's for short daily trips or longer journeys across Ontario, a PHEV from Spelmer Chrysler ensures you enjoy both worlds of efficiency and reliability.


*All pricing is based on Ontario MSRP and does not include taxes and fees. Dealer pricing may differ. Prices are subject to change anytime without notice.

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