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Vacations: When plug-in hybrids beat pure electric vehicles

June 29, 2018


Often when we write about plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) versus pure electric vehicles, a reader will chime in to say that PHEVs are an unnecessarily complicated, inferior solution to their simpler and ultimately greener battery electric counterparts.

That might be true. In theory. But given that longer range electric vehicles are still relatively expensive and few and far between, I think it’s important to remember that PHEVs have some unique benefits too.

As a driver of both a used Nissan Leaf and a plug-in hybrid Pacifica, I was reminded of this last week when we took a week-long trip to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

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