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Frequently Asked Questions about Hybrid, EV, and PHEV Vehicles at Kingston Dodge:


What is a hybrid vehicle? A hybrid vehicle combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor to offer improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. It can switch between gasoline and electric power, or use both simultaneously.


What is an electric vehicle (EV)? An electric vehicle is powered solely by an electric motor, using energy stored in rechargeable batteries. It produces zero emissions and offers a quiet and smooth driving experience.


What is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)? A PHEV is a hybrid vehicle that can be charged from an external power source. It offers an electric driving range before switching to the internal combustion engine. PHEVs provide the flexibility of using both electric power and gasoline.


How do hybrid vehicles work? Hybrid vehicles use a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The engine charges the battery and powers the vehicle, while the electric motor assists in acceleration and operates at low speeds or during stop-and-go traffic.


How do electric vehicles work? Electric vehicles rely on rechargeable batteries to power an electric motor. The batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electrical outlet or a charging station. The motor then drives the wheels, providing propulsion.


What are the benefits of hybrid and electric vehicles? Hybrid and electric vehicles offer numerous benefits, including improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, lower operating costs, quieter operation, and potential government incentives or tax credits for purchase.


What is the range of an electric vehicle? The range of an electric vehicle varies depending on the model and battery capacity. Modern electric vehicles typically offer a range of 160 to 480 kilometers on a full charge, with some models offering even longer ranges.


How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle? Charging time depends on the charging station and the vehicle's battery capacity. Level 1 charging, using a standard household outlet, can take several hours. Level 2 charging stations can charge a vehicle in a few hours, while DC fast chargers can provide a significant charge in around 30 minutes.


Are there government incentives for purchasing hybrid or electric vehicles? Yes, the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) government program offers rebates on select models. Kingston Dodge will handle all the paperwork, so you don't have to! Contact us to find out more.


Can I still use hybrid or electric vehicles for long trips? Yes, hybrid vehicles offer the flexibility of using gasoline when needed, making them suitable for long trips. Electric vehicles are continuously expanding their charging infrastructure, making it easier to plan longer journeys with charging stops along the way.


If you have any further questions about hybrid, electric, or plug-in hybrid vehicles, don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team at Kingston Dodge on Princess Street. We're here to assist you in finding the perfect eco-friendly vehicle to meet your needs.