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The Benefits of PHEVs: Why Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles Might be the Right Choice for You

Roger Skibowski
3 min readNov 6, 2022


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The advances in battery technology in recent years have made electric cars more practical than ever before. However, there are still some people who are hesitant to make the switch to an electric car. Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) offer the best of both worlds — the benefits of an electric car on short drives, with the flexibility of a gasoline or diesel engine for longer journeys. If you drive mostly shorter trips and are charging in between, then you are further reducing CO2 emissions.

In the world of battery technology, there are many alternatives to using lithium-ion for batteries including solid-state batteries. There are several companies currently manufacturing alternative batteries. It is suggested that by 2025 solid-state batteries will start to be installed in EVs. Solid-state batteries are smaller, lighter, and safer because they’re not flammable. Being lighter adds to the vehicle’s efficiency. Solid-state batteries are seeing shorter charging times.

What is a Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)?

A Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is a Hybrid Electric Vehicle that uses both a battery and a gasoline or diesel engine with the ability to charge the battery by plugging into power. The battery powers the electric motor, which makes the car more efficient. PHEVs usually have a larger battery than HEVs (Hybrid Electric Vehicles), which means they can be plugged in to charge. This means they can be driven on electric power for more miles because of the charging capabilities.

How do PHEVs work?

PHEVs have two power sources — an electric motor and a gasoline or diesel engine. The battery powers the electric motor, which helps to improve fuel efficiency. When the battery is depleted, the gasoline or diesel engine kicks in to recharge the battery. The engine will also be used when extra power is needed, such as when accelerating or climbing hills. The battery can also be recharged by plugging it into an electric charging station. This means that PHEVs can be driven for more of shorter distances trips on electric power only, thus reducing the dependence on gasoline or…