Hybrid Cars VS. Electric Cars

If you are ready to make the switch from a traditional gas-powered vehicle to a hybrid or electric car, you’ll have to decide which option is a better fit with your Calgary-area lifestyle and driving needs. In this guide from Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC, we’ll compare hybrid cars vs. electric cars to help you make an informed decision. Then explore our inventory of new cars and used vehicles to find your perfect match today!

Hybrid vs. Electric: The Basic Differences


Hybrid vehicles (HEVs) feature a gas engine and an electric motor which work in tandem to deliver better fuel economy. The battery for the electric motor in a standard hybrid vehicle self-charges, so there is no need to connect to a power source to recharge. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have larger batteries that you can recharge by plugging into a 120-volt outlet or a 240-volt charging unit.


Electric vehicles (EVs) run exclusively on an electric motor and a battery, eliminating reliance on gasoline altogether. You can recharge your EVs at home or at a public charging station. The full-electric range of EVs varies depending on the model you choose.

Hybrid Vehicle Benefits

If you are not ready to make a commitment to a fully-electric vehicle, a hybrid car is a good option. You will benefit from improved efficiency and won’t have to worry about needing to recharge the vehicle when you are out and about on the roads in and around Okotoks. Some of the key advantages of hybrid cars vs. electric cars include:

  • The battery charges itself
  • You can stop and fuel up at any gas station
  • Hybrids are often more affordable than EVs

Electric Vehicle Benefits

EVs are a much more eco-friendly option since they run exclusively on electricity. Even though EVs tend to cost more than hybrid cars, you will save in the long run because the cost to recharge an EV is less than the cost to refill your tank with gas. Since automakers have boosted the production of electric vehicles, you can now find electric cars, trucks, and SUVs that are just as capable as gas-powered models. The Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV, along with the all-new electric Chevy Silverado and GMC Hummer EV are great examples of electric vehicles that deliver strong performance and extended range. Some of the key advantages to owning an EV include:

  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Quieter ride with no engine noise
  • No money spent on gas
  • Fewer maintenance costs (no oil changes or engine upkeep)
  • Potential EV incentives based on your location
  • Flexible charging options, including home and Calgary-area public charging stations

Compare Hybrid vs. Electric Cars at Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC

Ready to upgrade your Cochrane-area commute with a hybrid or electric car? The team at Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC is standing by to help you explore your options and further compare hybrid vs. electric in depth. Meanwhile, browse our new vehicle specials and used vehicle offers, and please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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