EV & Hybrid Vehicles

Chevy Electric vehicles in Buena Park, CA

 

EV and Hybrids at Premier Chevrolet of Seaside

Living in the beautiful State of California, there are thousands of miles of scenic highways to explore. Each one delivers you to another breathtaking view of the ocean, mountains, or high desert. These natural wonders are ours to enjoy but also to protect. Driving an electric vehicle, EV, or hybrid is the perfect way to do your part to protect our state and the environment. At Premier Chevy of Seaside, our team of experts is here to show you all the features, functions, and benefits of owning a Chevy EV or hybrid.

 

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How Does A Hybrid Vehicle Work?

Many consumers are shocked to learn that a hybrid vehicle is fueled by gas all the time. There is no time when the car is being propelled only by battery/electric energy. Instead, the electric motor is used as a type of boost system to allow the gasoline engine to operate more efficiently. When the car moves at a low speed on level ground, the gasoline engine is doing all the work. As acceleration increases, the electric motor steps up to add power and increase speed. The electric motor also functions much like a generator to store energy created when the brakes are applied. That power is stored in a small battery for future use. Chevy models that have been offered in a hybrid configuration include the Volt, Impala, Malibu, Silverado 1500, and the Tahoe.

The Electric Option

An all-electric vehicle or EV uses no gasoline and creates zero emissions. This feature is the driving force behind many purchases of EVs from Santa Cruz to Hollister and beyond. EVs like the Chevy Bolt only use power stored in onboard battery packs. Unlike a conventional vehicle that can run out of gas, an EV runs out of stored energy in the battery and need to be recharged. The range of the vehicle is determined by the type of driving and the capacity of the battery. Recharging can be done at a fast-charge public DC charging station or on a smaller AC charger installed at your home.

Essential Considerations When Going Green

Drivers looking to reduce emissions while still enjoying the range and power offered by the combustion engine are happy to purchase a hybrid. While it is still using gasoline, it is much more energy-efficient. For example, the Chevy Tahoe hybrid offered 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. In contrast, the gasoline models offered up to 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. The key to remember is that hybrids still require regular stops for fuel and do create emissions. Electric vehicles do not use any gasoline but are limited in range to the capacity of their battery pack. Charging times can also have an impact on your ability to jump in the car and take off if you make many trips a day or take long drives.

 

 

Essential Considerations When Going Green

Drivers looking to reduce emissions while still enjoying the range and power offered by the combustion engine are happy to purchase a hybrid. While it is still using gasoline, it is much more energy-efficient. For example, the Chevy Tahoe hybrid offered 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. In contrast, the gasoline models offered up to 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. The key to remember is that hybrids still require regular stops for fuel and do create emissions. Electric vehicles do not use any gasoline but are limited in range to the capacity of their battery pack. Charging times can also have an impact on your ability to jump in the car and take off if you make many trips a day or take long drives.

To learn more about the Chevrolet hybrid and EV options, visit Premier Chevy of Seaside for a test drive.