In recent years, hybrid and electric cars have been appearing on the roads. Cheaper and less polluting, these new engines have many advantages. But the high prices of these new vehicles can sometimes make it difficult for buyers to buy. So, opting for a used vehicle can be very beneficial!
Choosing between a hybrid, electric or thermal vehicle is often a dilemma. According to a recent study by Harris Interactive *, of the 57% of French people who want to change vehicles in the more or less long term, 41% plan to use a hybrid vehicle, and 16% will opt for electric. A choice that makes sense when we look at rising fuel prices in recent years. Because even if hybrid and electric models can cost more to buy, in the long run, the profitability is considerable. With an electric car, you need on average between 2 and 3 € more for every 100 km traveled. On the other hand, it will cost around € 12 to cover 100 km with a thermal vehicle. In addition, the cost of maintaining an electric vehicle is also lower than that of a thermal model. To offset the high price of hybrid and electric cars, the state offers many benefits (conversion bonus, eco-friendly bonus, etc.).
Another positive point is the ecological aspect of these two models. If certainly during the use of the vehicle, the ecological impact is less with the electric, the “end of life” part and the recycling of the batteries is still controversial with the general public and neutralizes the ecological interest of the electric.
What are the differences between an electric vehicle and a hybrid vehicle?
Economical, environmentally friendly, powerful and quiet, hybrid and electric cars share many advantages. However, there are some differences that need to be considered to ensure the best option for your needs.
The electric car
An electric model, by definition, will only work with electricity. This has a positive impact on the environment, as there are no CO2 emissions when moving. The other advantage of buying an electric vehicle is its maintenance. Beyond the tires, there are almost no wear parts to change. Equipped with far fewer parts than other types of vehicles on the engine side, this model can travel thousands of miles without fail (no air or oil filters to maintain and change …). Finally, choosing the electric means opting for silence. No more engine or exhaust noises. In the hut, calm reigns.
There are still two drawbacks to this type of product. The first is autonomy. In fact, if you’re looking for a long-distance vehicle, this can sometimes be a problem for you. On average, a full load can cover about 300 km. Therefore, you will have to wait for the recharge time if your trip exceeds this distance.
The other drawback is the purchase price of this vehicle. New, it will generally cost between 20,000 and 90,000 euros depending on the model to expect greater autonomy. A budget that is obviously not suitable for all budgets. Fortunately, you now have the opportunity to purchase a second-hand model from a professional. The multi-brand label Spoticar, for example, offers about 1,200 used electric cars. Lower cost vehicles, which have been the subject of more than 100 thorough checks, and which enjoy a warranty of up to 24 months. A good commitment to combine savings and ecology!
The hybrid vehicle
The hybrid car combines a heat engine (gasoline or diesel) and an electric motor. In the city we save an average of 40% on petrol, as we drive mainly with an electric motor. Thus, the vehicle does not consume fuel in traffic jams, parking lots, in 30 areas, etc. Above 50 km / h, the traditional engine takes over. The advantage of this type of vehicle is, therefore, to benefit from a reduction in fuel consumption without being blocked by its autonomy. With a hybrid vehicle, you can recharge your battery in two ways: while driving or with a conventional charging system.
The hybrid engine will suit your driving if you are used to driving in an urban environment. If you live in the countryside and drive on major roads, the hybrid engine will be of little interest, and therefore will not or very unprofitable. Again, the purchase price of a hybrid vehicle is relatively high. But the good news is that Spoticar, Stellantis’ second-hand vehicle label, is selling more than 200 hybrid vehicles, 2,400 plug-in hybrids, in May 2022, or about 4,000 hybrid and electric models. checkpoints and warranties as for electric vehicles.
Whether you choose a hybrid or electric model, with Spoticar you benefit, in all cases, from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout Europe. In addition, the label allows you to make a satisfied or replaced purchase. Just go to one of Spoticar’s 1,200 outlets!
* The Harris Interactive study was conducted in March 2022 on a sample of 1,516 people representing French people aged 18 and over.
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