Do you have to charge a plug-in hybrid for it to work?

By Product Expert | Posted in Electric Vehicles, FAQs on Thursday, November 26th, 2020 at 8:14 am
2021 Clarity PHEV in a wooded area

Do Plug-in Hybrids have to be Charged to Operate?

Plug-in hybrids occupy a strange space in automotive market. They’re more complex than regular hybrids, but not quite the same as all-electric vehicles. Auto companies often advertise their plug-in hybrids with claims of “100 MPGe” and “30+ miles electric range.” That makes sense for an EV, but not for a hybrid. That begs the question:

Do you have to charge a plug-in hybrid for it to work?


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Does a Plug-in Hybrid Work have to be Charged?

2021 Clarity plug-in charger

For a plug-in hybrid to be able to operate as an electric-only vehicle, it needs to be charged. Without being charged, it operates the same as any other hybrid vehicle. For instance, the 2021 Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid has an all-electric range of 47 miles. With 44/40/42 mpg during normal operation, that all-electric range is equal to more than one gallon of gas. An empty-to-full charge of the 2021 Honda Clarity battery pack only takes about 2.5 hours with an L2 home charger. Charging to full only costs a few cents, so it’s like getting an extra gallon of gas for about the same price as the tax you pay at the pump.

Are Used Hybrids Reliable?

Used hybrids and electric vehicles are very reliable. But don’t take our word for it. The manufacturers think so too. Most hybrids have a very long warranty on their battery pack and electric motor, usually in the eight to 10-year range. Going back to the 2021 Honda Clarity example, it has a 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty. That’s better than any standard powertrain warranty on the market.

Looking for a Used Hybrid?

If you have a question about buying a used hybrid vehicle, give CrossPointe Motor Cars a call. Many of our vehicles also come with the free lifetime powertrain warranty, so you don’t have to worry about buying a lemon.

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