Electric or Hybrid? Which one is for me?
With many great benefits to both hybrid and electric vehicles, it may be difficult to find the right choice between the two. At Zender Ford, we’re here to outline the differences and help find which Ford is right for you!
Ford Electric is a CO2 emission-free driving experience. Each vehicle features an electric motor, charge port, and are powered entirely by a lithium ion rechargeable battery. Plug in the vehicle to fully charge the battery pack, and no need for a drop of gas or an oil change. Currently, Ford has one fully electric model in its lineup — the Ford Focus Electric! However, more electric vehicles are slated for production, with Ford investing $11 billion USD into making 40 new electric vehicles with names like Mustang and F-150.
- Massively reduced carbon footprint! No tailpipe means no harmful CO2 for people around the vehicle. Also, reducing noise pollution from our vehicles is a great way to make our neighbourhoods quiet.
- Massive savings on time and money ditching the commute to the gas pump. Charging your electric vehicle isn’t free but the cost of fully charging your Ford is minimal compared to filling a gas tank. Alberta’s electricity prices are capped at 6.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, so at the highest, it’ll cost a little over $2 to travel 100 miles.
- Extra reliability that comes along with simple electric motors. Less routine maintenance expenses, such as no oil changes.
- Brakes on electric vehicles last longer! Electric vehicles require less brake service as they utilize friction braking significantly less than gas-powered vehicles.
- Higher upfront cost — electric vehicles tend to cost more than gas-powered or hybrid cars. There’s also the cost and installation of a charging station.
- Less travel distance — electric vehicles will only travel a fraction of the distance of a hybrid or gas-powered vehicle before needing a recharge. Ford’s Fusion Electric has a full charge driving range of 185 kilometres. This makes taking a longer road trip difficult.
- It takes time to charge! Depending on the power of charging available (240V vs. 120V) electric vehicles will need hours to fully charge.
For city drivers who have a charging station at work, or are willing to install one at their home, and whose your round-trip commute fits within an electric vehicle’s range, an electric vehicle may be the right choice for you. Drivers who live in more rural areas or frequently take longer trips in locations where charging stations are sparse may want to consider the option of a hybrid.
Hybrid vehicles seamlessly switch between gas engine, electric motor, or a combination of both. They are more fuel efficient than the average gas vehicle, as the gas engine and regenerative braking help to recharge the battery. Due to this, these hybrid vehicles don’t need to be plugged in. Ford currently offers the C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid! For Drivers who want the option of plugging in while still having all the benefits of a true hybrid, Ford offers the Fusion Energi!
- Less pollution than a strictly gas-powered engine, so drivers are still reducing their carbon footprint!
- Saving at the pump! A hybrid’s combination of electricity and gas make refuelling cost a fraction of what it would for a gas-powered vehicle.
- Both standard and plug-in hybrids come with gas engines, so you can drive the distances of a gas-power engine with the efficiency of a hybrid.
- Engines in hybrids tend to be smaller, lighter, and more efficient.
- Because hybrids use fuel in addition to electricity, they still release some harmful emissions.
- Higher upfront cost — hybrid vehicles tend to cost more than gas-powered at the time of purchase.
- Hybrids are designed for fuel economy, not performance. If you’re looking for something with a quick 0-60, a hybrid may not be for you!
- Unexpected fuel consumption — if you frequently travel further than your hybrid vehicle’s electric range will allow, or if you don’t have regular access to a charging station.
For drivers who want to help the environment, but also want the freedom of driving distance, Ford’s selection of hybrid vehicles is right for you. Whether you want the efficiency of a pure electric vehicle or the flexibility of a hybrid, Zender Ford has you covered!