In recent years, hybrid and electric cars have appeared on the roads. More economical and less polluting, these new engines have many advantages. But the high prices of these new vehicles can sometimes hinder buyers in their purchase. 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 carried out by Harris Interactive*, of the 57% of French people who want to switch vehicles in the longer or shorter term, 41% plan to opt for a hybrid vehicle and 16% will opt for the electric one. A choice that makes sense when we look at the rise in fuel prices in recent years. Because even though hybrid and electric models may cost more to buy, in the long run, the profitability is considerable. With an electric car, it costs on average between €2 and €3 more per 100 km travelled. On the other hand, it will cost around €12 to travel 100 km with a thermal vehicle. In addition, the maintenance cost of an electric vehicle is also lower than for a thermal model. To compensate for the high price of hybrid and electric cars, the State offers many advantages (conversion bonus, ecological 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 smaller with the electric one, the “end of life” part and battery recycling is still controversial with the general public and neutralizes the ecological interest of the electric one.
What are the differences between an electric vehicle and a hybrid vehicle?
Economical, ecological, powerful and silent, hybrid and electric cars share many advantages. However, there are some differences to note to ensure the best choice for your needs.
the electric car
An electric model, by definition, will only run on electricity. This has a positive impact on the environment as there are no CO2 emissions while moving. The other advantage in purchasing an electric vehicle is in its maintenance. Aside from the tires, there are almost no wearing parts to change. Being equipped with far fewer parts than other types of vehicles in the engine part, this model can travel thousands of kilometers without failure (no air or oil filters for maintenance and replacement…). Finally, choosing electric means opting for 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 cover long distances, this will sometimes be a problem for you. On average, a full charge allows you to travel about 300 km. Therefore, you will have to wait for the recharge time if your trip exceeds this distance.
The other disadvantage concerns the purchase price of such a vehicle. New, it will usually cost between €20,000 and €90,000, depending on the model, for greater autonomy. A budget that is obviously not suitable for all budgets. Fortunately, you now have the ability to purchase a second-hand model from a professional. The multi-brand brand Spoticar, for example, offers around 1,200 used electric cars. Vehicles at lower costs, which have undergone more than 100 detailed controls and benefit from a guarantee of up to 24 months. A good compromise to combine economy and ecology!
the hybrid vehicle
The hybrid car combines a combustion engine (gasoline or diesel) and an electric motor. In the city, we save an average of 40% on gasoline, as we drive mainly with the electric motor. Thus, the vehicle does not consume fuel in traffic jams, car parks, in zones 30… 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 the battery in two ways: while driving or with a conventional charging system.
The hybrid engine can adapt to your driving if you are used to driving in an urban environment. If you live in the countryside and drive on main roads, the hybrid engine will be of little interest and therefore will not be or will be very unprofitable. Again, the purchase price of a hybrid vehicle is relatively high. But the good news is that Stellantis’ used vehicle brand Spoticar puts on sale, in May 2022, more than 200 hybrid vehicles, 2,400 plug-in hybrids, that is, about 4,000 hybrid and electric models. , benefiting from the same control points and guarantees as for electric vehicles.
Whether you opt for a hybrid or electric model, with Spoticar you always benefit from 24/7 assistance throughout Europe. In addition, the tag allows you to make a satisfied or replaced purchase. Just choose one of the 1,200 Spoticar outlets!
*The Harris Interactive study was conducted in March 2022 on a sample of 1,516 representative French people aged 18 and over.
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