Plug-In Hybrid vs EV Comparison

Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

Today’s auto shoppers have an exciting array of vehicles to choose from, including various plug-in hybrid and electric models. At BMW of Mamaroneck, our team is dedicated to assisting each shopper in making a well-informed decision that promises pure driving enjoyment for years to come. What essential differences should you know between plug-in hybrid and EV models?

Maintenance & Repairs

A plug-in hybrid combines a gas combustion engine with a battery-driven electric motor, utilizing energy from the battery before resorting to gas. Conversely, an EV operates solely on one or more electric motors without a combustion engine. Combustion engines typically incur significant maintenance and repair costs over time, rendering them more expensive to maintain than an electric-powered vehicle. Due to their gas-powered engine, maintenance and repair costs are generally higher for plug-in hybrids than EVs.

Fuel Expense

Plug-in hybrid vehicles typically offer an all-electric fuel range of 25, 35, or more miles before transitioning to fuel usage. Many drivers find that their trips fall within or slightly exceed this range, resulting in infrequent visits to the gas station. However, gas refills are still necessary at times. In contrast, EVs rely solely on electric power and require frequent recharging. While EVs eliminate gas station visits, periodic stops at public charging stations are necessary.


EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles utilize batteries, and charging can be done at home with a garage or from the side of your house as well as at public charging stations. Plug-in hybrid batteries are generally smaller and can be replenished more quickly than EV batteries.

Schedule a Test Drive at BMW of Mamaroneck Today

EVs and plug-in hybrids offer compelling advantages, but their differences may sway your decision toward one over the other. To further explore our models and experience them firsthand, visit BMW of Mamaroneck today for a test drive.