Buying Guide 2016 plug-in hybrid cars

Recently, we talked about the advantages, and any drawbacks, the plug -in hybrid cars, and in particular how for some automakers seem they are the best choice for the next few years, pending important advances in the field 100% electric cars, to have a car that serves both short travel day as for occasional long trips.

No matter of this article repeat what you’ve already said other times, about what it is or how a working plug -in hybrid car or also sometimes by its acronym PHEV ( for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) . If you have any doubt, do not go without reading that article or the one in which you were explaining what were the differences between a plug -in hybrid car and an electric car. What we do today is to review all plug -in hybrid cars that are currently on sale. You may be surprised, because they are few.


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You need an outlet to recharge the car

Before we talk about models, we must insist on a vital issue. If you read both articles, you know that as its name indicates, a plug -in hybrid car is a car designed to be plugged in to an electrical outlet where recharge the battery electric car drive system. It’s (almost) as simple as plugging in any other gadget.

So, as we also told you in 2015 when we made the shopping guide electric car, obviously you need to have available an outlet where they can recharge, and that in turn often means you need a parking space.

This may limit the number of people who can find a useful plug -in hybrid car. Keep in mind that buying a car of this type, which is usually more expensive than a similar conventional (although there are exceptions), no pays off if you cannot plug: it would be throwing money away, because the advantage of consuming less fuel, to amortize so the higher purchase price, disappears.

As with a diesel, it’ll be much more to it, the more km perform

If you have a plug -in hybrid car is that you can plug forever and circulate the longer the better in pure electric mode. Not only so pleasant to drive almost noiselessly, with smooth motion and without polluting the air of the city, but because recharging at home out significantly cheaper than petrol or diesel refueling. A plug -in hybrid is more profitable especially if you use the car much city and not very long commutes.

And that you have it is not a pipe dream, there is the reality of use of the Chevrolet Volt first generation, a car halfway between a plug -in hybrid and electric extended -range (which by convention is considered within this latter type) : usage data in the US show as 74.3% of the kilometers are made in pure electric mode , because their owners try to avoid refueling everything they can.

How many kilometers are necessary to compensate for the plug -in hybrid car ?It depends. If there is a model that interests you, you should look for the equivalent version with most similar engine combustion, power, performance and level of equipment. Do not forget the automatic transmission. Take the price of the plug in hybrid and the equivalent version, and see what the difference is. In the case of plug -in hybrid note aid there, because according to the model somewhat reduced the final price.

Then, to avoid complicating many calculations can be simplified by not taking into account capitalizations: the accounts are approximate, but the error is not very great, especially if you make many kilometers quickly, because the qualifying period for repayment is shorter.

Take fuel consumption per 100 km of plug -in hybrid, multiply by the price per liter, and then take the electricity consumption per 100 km and multiply by the price per kWh. For electricity, which has a changing price, the price per kWh used your last electricity bill, without forgetting to add the electricity excise tax (which amounts to 5.1%), then VAT (another 21%). Suma both figures, and have an average cost of approximately 100 km.

For the conventional version, logically beam simply calculating fuel consumption per 100 km and the price per liter. Then watch what the cost difference per 100 km between one case and another, and if you divide by 100, you will have the cost difference per kilometer.

Finally, if you divide the difference between the purchase price by the difference between the two costs per km, you get the number of kilometers you have to make to recoup the price difference. When you overdo the mileage, you begin the actual savings.

In some cases the price difference between the plug -in hybrid and diesel is very small, so it is much easier to compensate the plug; There are some special cases in which, thanks to generate fewer emissions , the plug -in hybrid pay less VRT and can be even cheaper, to be profitable from the first moment; when the difference is very large, we have to see what the bills say.

With a plug -in hybrid car you can also have other savings, depending on where you live: for example in some cities can park in the center without having to pay parking meters. If you lees a bit with calculations, you can also use to help calculator we did for the electric car, hand modifying data spreadsheet accurate.

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Really, if you’re not going to plug, it is nonsense that you buy a plug-in hybrid car

Forgive me for insisting so much, but it is important. It is true that being a hybrid car, either with regenerative braking , either with the internal combustion engine itself, you can recharge the system battery electric traction without having to plug the car, but two things happen: the regenerative braking is usually not enough to fully recharge the battery, whereas if we turn to recharge using the combustion engine will increase fuel consumption significantly , which would still spend more money (for recharging spending gasoline or diesel fuel is much more expensive than recharge directly with electricity from a plug).

Therefore, if you have a parking space either closed garage type, either type open space in a communal garage, you can contemplate buy a plug -in hybrid. If your garage does not have a plug in to recharge the car, not scared: you can install a charging point for electric vehicles, as you were explaining in his day.

It is not as expensive or complicated as it may seem, and also when you buy a plug -in hybrid car apart from state aid of 3,700 dollars to buy plug -in hybrid cars with electric range between 40 and 90 km (eye checks that remain funds, because they sell out fast), the store that sells you the car has to take over the cost of installing in your home a charging point , worth up to 1,000 dollars before VAT (with him would be 1,210 dollars in total) or While it may make you a discount on that amount, in case you install it on your own, or already have ( you can consult the BOE for details , the RD 1678/2015 continues in 2016, with just a very slight modification ).

Another option if you cannot recharge at home, you have available it is a parking space at work, and that this has or may have a charging socket, although this is not always possible. Finally, if you plan to buy a plug-in hybrid car to recharge on the street, except in exceptional cases, almost better that you forget.

What recharging on the street is not the solution?

A plug -in hybrid car, depending on the battery capacity and charging power may require for a full recharge between 1 and 3 or 4 hours. Very few plug -in hybrids that offer quick recharge, and recharge it still usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

If you want to know a little more about types of recharge and connectors, in their day also we will explain it . Do not be scared by the fact that there are several connectors (“pins or sockets”), gradually is more usual for charging stations multi-format, that is, with several connectors of different types. In practice it is like going to the gas station, the supplier has multiple hoses, gasoline, diesel or LPG, and everyone chooses that matches your car.

Well, although recharge times are not exorbitant, they are not entirely practical to recharge the car away from home “in a while”. Almost like electric cars, plug in hybrids are rather intended to be recharged overnight while they sleep, to be ready for the next day.

Besides public charging infrastructure, it is very limited, so it is not always so easy to find a charging point on the street. One more thing: except charging points courtesy in some car parks or shopping malls where they let you recharge free, the cost of recharging on the street is superior to recharge at home (and understandably so, for the record, he thinks it would be like sip a beer at home or in a bar, not cost the same).

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