Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars

Porsche Taycan at a charging station
 

Hybrid and electric cars are more popular than ever in the Nashua area, and it’s not hard to see why! Hybrids and EVs once had a reputation of being niche, expensive, and hard-to-find, but just about every popular automaker today offers a hybrid or electric model in their lineup. Porsche currently offers three – the Panamera E-Hybrid, the Cayenne E-Hybrid, and the fully-electric Taycan – which we’ll discuss in more detail below.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle and interested in upgrading from your traditional gas-powered car, you’re probably asking yourself a few questions. Are hybrid cars good? Are hybrid cars worth it? We certainly think so, but you don’t have to take our word for it! The team at Porsche Stratham has put together a guide outlining the drawbacks and benefits of electric cars in the guide below, so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. 

 

Benefits of Hybrid Cars

  • Energy efficiency: One of the biggest benefits of hybrid cars is their exceptional efficiency, since they heavily reduce your fuel consumption thanks to the electric motor–this also means lots of savings at the gas pump! Hybrids also feature systems like regenerative braking that are designed to maximize your fuel economy even further by recapturing energy that’s lost while braking.
  • Ownership costs: Hybrids and EVs may cost a bit more up front, but they also often enjoy eligibility for state and federal tax incentives to sweeten the deal. They also offer general battery warranties to protect your investment down the road.
  • Diverse variety: Gone are the days of hybrids being only offered in one or two compact, low-performance models! These days, you can find everything from high-powered two-seater sports cars to full-size family SUVs that are available as hybrid or electric vehicles. 

Potential Drawbacks of Hybrid Cars

  • Price: There’s no getting around it–hybrids almost always cost more than their traditional gas-powered counterparts. However, you often make up for the cost with significant fuel savings and tax incentives.
  • Maintenance costs: Hybrids require less overall maintenance than fully gas-powered cars because they don’t have the same parts, but those parts tend to be more expensive. Replacing a hybrid battery can cost up to $2,000 or more depending on the model.
  • Hybrid emissions: Hybrids still contain an internal combustion engine, so they still burn fuel. If you want zero-emission performance on the Portsmouth roads, consider a fully-electric vehicle instead.

Porsche Hybrid and EV Lineup

Porsche currently offers two hybrid models and one fully-electric model, each of which come with their own configurations, price points, and performance specs. Here are the details:

  • Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid: This sleek four-door sports car can reach a top speed of 185 mph, accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and boasts an output of 552 combined horsepower!
  • Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid: If you’re looking for something larger and more family-friendly, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid boasts a spacious interior cabin without sacrificing performance power. 
  • Porsche Taycan: The Porsche Taycan is a fully-electric four-door sedan, capable of launching to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds and covering an impressive 275 miles of range on a full battery!

Find Your Next Hybrid or EV at Porsche Stratham

If you’re interested in learning more about the current Porsche E-Hybrid lineup, check out our dedicated post here! We’ve organized everything you need to know, including price, performance, and trim levels. Feel free to contact our office with any questions, or to set up a test drive of an available hybrid model around the Manchester area!

 

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