Question: What is the distinction between a plug-in hybrid vehicle and a conventional hybrid?
To answer this question we first need to understand what is a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV).
A (HEV) is a vehicle that combines the use of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric propulsion system.
Advantage of a Hybrid Vehicle (HEV): With the integration of the electric powertrain the driver should get better fuel economy and performance from his (HEV) when compared to the conventional (ICE) vehicle.
Environment & Air Pollution: A (HEV) can reduce harmful emissions by as much as 90% and they will cut the emission of global warming gasses by at least a third to half.
Knowing that all hybrid vehicles are powered by a combination of an (ICE) system and an electric motor, we can now clearly define a mild hybrid vehicle as a vehicle that uses an electric motor to support the (ICE) engine but only during acceleration and cruising, the electric motor cannot independently power the vehicle.
Hybrid facts: Toyota has sold more than 15 million hybrid electric vehicles worldwide since the Prius was first launched in 1997. The most popular selling (HEV) is the Toyota Prius.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)
Plug – in Hybrid (PHEV)