How to Charge a Hybrid Car

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Are you considering making the switch to a more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle? Excellent choice! A hybrid vehicle not only saves you money on gas but also emits fewer greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. What’s not to love?

However, like other Freehold shoppers, you may be wondering how to charge a hybrid car. In short, the process of charging a hybrid car battery depends on whether you choose a traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or full-electric vehicle. Learn the ins and outs of each one with this guide from Galaxy Toyota below!

How to Charge a Hybrid Car Battery

As we mentioned above, how to charge a car battery depends on whether you choose a standard hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), or a full-electric vehicle (EV). Let’s break down the difference between each one so you can choose which is best for you: 

  • Standard Hybrids: Standard hybrids are the most common type of hybrid vehicle you’ll see on Toms River roads. What makes them so popular, you ask? A standard hybrid car battery self-charges during your drives around Long Branch, so there’s no need to make any changes to your daily routine! Standard hybrids consist of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine that work in conjunction to maximize fuel efficiency. 
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles: A PHEV also contains an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. However, it is not able to self-charge like a standard hybrid. A PHEV will need to be plugged into an external power source at a public charging station, a 120-volt household outlet, or a fast-charging home station. This type of hybrid can run strictly on electric power for a certain amount of miles (known as the electric range). 
  • Electric Vehicle: EVs are technically in their own separate category from hybrids and PHEVs. Like a plug-in hybrid, an EV must be plugged into an external power source to charge the battery. However, what makes it different is that it has only an electric motor and no gas engine. 

Charging a Hybrid Car Battery

PHEVs continue to increase in popularity amongst Eatontown drivers, and for good reason! PHEVs help save money due to their ability to drive fully on electric power during short trips around town while also having the option of a gas engine for longer drives past Long Branch. What’s more? Charging a hybrid car battery is easier than ever. Take a look at the different ways of charging a hybrid car battery below: 

  • Public charging: Although public charging stations currently aren’t as common as gas stations, their numbers are steadily increasing.
  • Portable charging: Upon purchasing a PHEV, you’ll also get a portable charging cord that’s typically compatible with any household-style 120-volt outlet. 
  • Home fast charging: Another option is to install a 240-volt fast-charging station in your garage. Although this will cost a bit more, it pays off with the convenience of fast and at-home charging. 

Test Drive a Hybrid or PHEV at Galaxy Toyota! 

If a hybrid or PHEV has piqued your interest, visit Galaxy Toyota or contact us to schedule your test drive in Eatontown. If you have any additional questions about how to charge a hybrid car battery or what type of hybrid is best for you, our experts are happy to help. 

Don’t forget to check out our offers and incentives to see how much you can save on a hybrid or PHEV. While you’re at it, you can even apply for financing online and get pre-approved at home. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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