Understanding EVs

As the world transitions to hybrid and electric vehicles, it's more important than ever to understand the fundamental differences between hybrid types and EVs so you can make an informed decision. At Hyundai of Brenham, our lineup of new Hyundai models includes traditional and plug-in hybrids along with all-electric vehicles, giving you a range of electrified options to choose from. Learn more about the different types of hybrids, EV terminology, and how to maintain your electrified vehicle before you visit us from College Station for a test drive of our new Hyundai Hybrid and electric vehicles.

Which EV is Right for Me?

Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid

On the surface, it may seem like all hybrid vehicles are the same. However, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models offer significant differences that change how you drive, your overall efficiency, and what you get when you put your foot down.

A traditional hybrid puts your combustion engine and electric motors on the same driveline, ensuring that they are always working together to give you the best possible fuel economy. This means you don't have to drive any differently than normal, however you will also never have the opportunity to run on electric power alone since the system is designed to function as a singular unit. The upside is that you'll always be set up for a fuel efficient driving experience without considering drive modes and other settings.

A plug-in hybrid takes the concept of combustion and electric motors and separates them so they can be used independently from one another. This means you'll have the ability to run on electric power alone for short distances up to 50 miles, allowing for fuel-free daily commutes, grocery and school runs, and other daily trips. And when you need the added range to travel further, you can use the combustion and electric motors together to maximize both power and efficiency over a long distance drive.

Electric Vehicles

As the name implies, electric vehicles are cars and SUVs that run on all electric power, no gasoline required. Rather than finding a fuel station, you'll need to find an EV Chargepoint along your route, preferably one with Level 3 fast-charging to get the quickest recharge on your batteries. Hyundai EVs offer built-in charge point recommendations based on navigation data and traffic information, so you'll be notified when its time to charge and where the nearest charge points are along your route.

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Hyundai Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Models

The new Hyundai lineup features a range of new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, including the Hyundai Tucson, and Santa Fe, all of which are available in both formats: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, and the Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid. These SUVs give you great cabin space and all-wheel drive capability to go along with their fuel-efficient electrified powertrains so you can make the most of every mile.

The Hyundai Elantra and Sonata models are both available as traditional hybrids, the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, giving you efficiency and comfort with a healthy dose of tech to enhance your time on the road.

Hyundai Electric Vehicles

The current Hyundai lineup features two EVs, the Hyundai Kona and the Hyundai IONIQ 5. The Kona has been available for three years now, offers 258 miles of range from a full charge, and churns out 201 horsepower, putting it on par with our turbocharged vehicles. The newer IONIQ 5 gives you an impressive 303 miles of range from a full charge, comes with all-wheel drive, and gives you 320 horsepower to help get things moving in a hurry.

Benefits of Plugging In

Federal Tax Credit

A federal tax rebate up to of $7,500 is available on many EV models.

Local Incentives

Even more savings from your state and/or utility company.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair. (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

96%

of EV owners surveyed said they'd purchase another EV as their next vehicle.

Source: AAA

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending of the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Electric vehicle charging port

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Family having fun with 2 children and electric vehicle in the background

Battery Care

Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.

Electric vehicle battery care

Charging Stations Near Hyundai of Brenham

  1. Hyundai of Brenham

    1710 Highway 290 W
    Brenham, TX 77833

    • Sales: 979-353-0791
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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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