In recent years, hybrid and electric cars have appeared on the roads. These new engines are more economical and less polluting and have many benefits. However, the high prices of these new vehicles can sometimes hinder buyers in their purchases. Therefore, it can be very advantageous to choose a used vehicle!
Choosing between a hybrid, electric or thermal vehicle is often a dilemma. According to a recent survey by Harris Interactive *, 41% of the 57% of French people plan to change their vehicle in the more or less long term, to turn to a hybrid vehicle, and 16% will choose electric. A choice that makes sense when we observe the rise in fuel prices in recent years. Because even though the hybrid and electric models can cost more to purchase, the profitability is significant in the long run. With an electric car, it takes on average between € 2 and € 3 more per. 100 km traveled. Conversely, it will cost around € 12 to drive 100 km with a thermal vehicle. In addition, the maintenance cost of an electric vehicle is also lower than that of a thermal model. To compensate for the high price of hybrid and electric cars, the state offers many benefits (conversion bonus, organic bonus, etc.).
Another positive point is the ecological aspect of these two models. If the ecological impact is less during the use of the vehicle, the “end of life” part and recycling of the batteries is still controversial with the general public and neutralizes the ecological interest in the electric.
What are the differences between an electric vehicle and a hybrid vehicle?
Economical, ecological, powerful and silent, hybrid and electric cars share many benefits. However, there are some differences you need to be aware of to ensure the best choice for your needs.
The electric car
An electric model will by definition only run on electricity. This has a positive impact on the environment as there is no CO2 emissions when moving. The second benefit of acquiring an electric vehicle lies in its maintenance. Apart from the tires, there are almost no wear parts that need to be replaced. As this model is equipped with far fewer parts than other types of vehicles on the engine part, this model can travel thousands of kilometers without faults (no air or oil filters to maintain and replace …). Finally, the choice of electric means choosing silence. No more engine or exhaust noises. In the cabin, calm reigns.
There are still two disadvantages to this type of product. The first is autonomy. In fact, if you are looking for a vehicle to travel long distances, this will sometimes be a problem for you. On average, a full charge allows you to drive about 300 km. Therefore, you should wait for the recharge time if your trip exceeds this distance.
The second disadvantage relates to the purchase price of such a vehicle. New, it will generally cost between € 20,000 and € 90,000 depending on the model to hope for greater autonomy. A budget that is obviously not suitable for all budgets. Fortunately, you now have the opportunity to acquire a used model from a professional. The multi-brand Spoticar brand, for example, offers almost 1,200 used electric cars. Low-cost vehicles that have been subject to more than 100 meticulous checkpoints and that benefit from a warranty of up to 24 months. A good compromise for combining savings and ecology!
The hybrid car
The hybrid car combines a heat engine (petrol or diesel) and an electric motor. In the city, we save an average of 40% petrol, as we primarily drive the electric motor. The vehicle thus does not use fuel in traffic jams, parking lots, in 30 zones, etc. Over 50 km / h the traditional engine takes over. The advantage of this type of vehicle is therefore to take advantage of a reduced fuel consumption without being blocked by its autonomy. With a hybrid car, you can recharge the battery in two ways: while driving or with a conventional charging system.
The hybrid engine will be customized will adapt to your driving if you are used to driving in urban environments. If you live in the country and drive on main roads, the hybrid engine will have little interest, and will therefore not be or very little profitable. Again, the purchase price for a hybrid car is relatively high. But the good news is that in May 2022, Spoticar, Stellantis’ used vehicle brand, is offering more than 200 hybrid cars, 2,400 plug-in hybrids, ie. almost 4,000 hybrid and electric models, for sale. checkpoints and guarantees as for electric cars.
Whether you choose a hybrid or electric model, with Spoticar, you will in any case benefit from assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout Europe. In addition, the label allows you to make a satisfied or exchanged purchase. All you have to do is make your choice by going to one of the 1,200 Spoticar outlets!
* The Harris Interactive survey was conducted in March 2022 on a sample of 1,516 people representative of French people aged 18 and over.
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