A Guide to EVs and Hybrids

EV and Hybrid Vehicle Types

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Electric

Zero emissions, no gasoline.

An electric vehicle (EV) is powered by a large battery and an electric motor that is capable of providing long range driving without a combustion engine and any traditional fuel source such as gasoline. At-home and public charging stations are available. Because electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, EV drivers are able to lower their carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment.

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Plug-in Hybrid

Best of both worlds.

A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) is a gasoline-powered hybrid, meaning it has both a battery and a combustion engine. Its battery, which has the ability to recharge via an external power source allows the vehicle to run like an EV until the battery is depleted and then it switches over to its fuel reserves and its more traditional engine to keep going. Regenerative braking also helps save fuel.

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Hybrid

Improved fuel economy.

Hybrid vehicles are 100% gasoline-powered; however, it does not rely completely on its gas engine for propulsion. Hybrids are also equipped with electric motors, which use energy stored in batteries to save fuel. Regenerative braking is one way the battery is able to maintain a charge. Hybrids do not and cannot be plugged into an external power source or charger. Its primary benefit is better fuel efficiency than regular gas-powered cars.

Ford Hybrids & EVs

2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford SUVs

  • Ford Escape ST-Line Elite Hybrid
  • Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
  • Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E

2023 F-150 Lightning

Ford Trucks

  • Ford F-150 (Hybrid Available)
  • Ford F-150 Lightning
  • Ford Maverick

2023 Ford E-Transit Cargo Van

Ford Vans

  • Ford E-Transit Van

3 Advantages of Going Green

1. Cost

The most obvious benefit to EV and Hybrid owners is the cost. And not just from making fewer to no stops at the gas pump. Many new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles qualify for a Federal Tax Credit Rebate and some hybrids and EVs are eligible for other available incentives, which can include savings from state programs or local utility companies.

2. Convenience

With the ability to charge at home or via public charging stations, there’s no need to drive out of your way to “fuel up”. Plus, normal maintenance such as oil changes and repairs are less likely with an EV, which means less potential time spent waiting for your vehicle in a service lounge and more time on-the-go.

3. Environmental Impact

All-electric vehicles have a smaller carbon footprint than gasoline cars as they produce zero emissions. No carbon dioxide emissions also means a reduction in the local air pollution.

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Charging Levels Explained

Woman Charging Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid

Level 1: 120-Volt

This is the standard 3-prong outlet that is found almost anywhere. It provides 3-5 miles of range for every hour its connected to an EV or plug-in hybrid vehicle. A Level 1 charger is most ideal for those who only intend to drive just a couple of miles at a time.

Level 2: 240-Volt

The Level 2 type is most commonly found at public charing stations and is what is installed for at-home charging solutions. These chargers can provide 10-20 miles of range for every hour plugged in.

DC Fast Charging

Like the name indicates, this is the fastest of the charging methods as it uses direct current and has the ability to charge around 60+ miles of range every 20 minutes! This type of charging is only available at public charging stations and generally costs more than Level 2 charging stations.

FAQs

How Long Do Electric Car Batteries Last?

On average, EV batteries last about 10 to 20 years. Its life expectancy is also impacted by climate, driving conditions, and charging habits.

Are Ford Electric Car Batteries Covered by a Warranty?

The standard Ford electric vehicle battery warranty provides coverage for 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, retaining a minimum of 70% of its original capacity over that period. Contact us to learn more.

How Do I Find an Electric Charging Station?

Use this handy Electric Vehicle Charging Station Map to locate one nearby.

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