As a consumer of a Hybrid you enjoy a full range of vehicles to choose from… The familiar Brand manufactures offer Cars, and SUV’s, to suit most family’s needs.
The way to narrow your choice is determined by your life-style, soccer-mom, short commute to work and shopping, the advantage of having multi-vehicles in the household, will all make it easier to choose from the many models in the marketplace.
Please remember the all Electric (EV) has a max-range of approximately 150-miles on a full charge. As to the cost per-mile on your electric bill will depend on where you live (A kilowatt-hour [kWh] and what time of day you Charge (on-off Peak-periods).
Charging at home is getting easier... there are kits with 120 and 240 volt options… We have found differing opinions on times here from 4-12 hours to get a full charge.
Then you may want to check your local Municipalities for charging facilities… some may have a FREE charge map including Shopping Malls and “Best-rate” locations… If you’re at the Mall, grab a little lunch or bring your “Kindle” to make use of the time it takes to get a 80% to full charge…Assuming the battery is not completely depleted… 30-40 minutes.
Cost per mile in most cases, not counting Hawaii, is about 30% of a conventional Gas powered vehicle… and Long-time users have Raves for their EV’s.
By far the most popular Hybrid version is the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) an electric vehicle that combines a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) Gas/Propane/Diesel to turn a Generator that charges the Battery-pack as needed.
This will relieve the “High-anxiety” of the limited distance issues of the all Electric vehicles that cause consumers to question themselves as to, will I get stranded somewhere with the kids and need to call for a ride.
Cost per-mile for a true Hybrid is about 50% savings over a conventional Gas powered vehicle, again assuming there are no maintenance problems and corresponding expenses… Remember…Tires, Brakes, Lights, etc are the same for all vehicles.
If your new hybrid has the efficiency-improving technologies like regenerative brakes, this converts the vehicle’s kinetic energy into electric energy to charge your batteries, as opposed to wasting it as heat energy, the Cost-Per-Mile will improve proportionately.
The really great thing about Hybrid Technology today is that it is NOT new or experimental… the consumer and market have spoken with their Check-Books… to say Hybrids are now in the “main-stream” and here to stay…