Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) 
HEVs use a small electric battery to supplement the standard gasoline engine, providing increased fuel efficiency and performance relative to conventional, light-duty vehicles. HEVs do not have plug-in capability. The battery, which recharges during the vehicle's braking and coasting, is the sole source of power at low speeds, while the gas-powered engine is used to achieve higher speeds.

  • Ford Escape Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius¬†Hybrid

  • Reduced tailpipe emissions compared to gasoline-powered vehicles
  • Roughly 25% greater fuel efficiency compared to gasoline-powered vehicles
  • Uses existing gas station infrastructure

Things To Consider Before Purchasing
  • No accommodations are necessary for plugging in the vehicle
  • Long trips are possible despite the small battery
  • Plug-in electric vehicles can further reduce gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions
  • Volatile gasoline prices can still adversely affect the cost of fueling
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