John F. Floyd Discusses Hybrid vs. Fully Electric Vehicle Technology

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This is a comment in two parts.

Part One: As a follow-up to last week’s article on electric cars and trucks, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about hybrids versus electrics. Good questions, and I have an answer about hybrids, because my wife, Connie, has a Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan.

Hybrid is a car or truck with an electric motor and a gasoline engine. The hybrid electric motor charges from a common outlet and the gasoline engine charges normally, from a gas pump at your local service station.

The Chrysler Hybrid takes about 12 hours to fully charge, and charging is usually done overnight. The charge is good for 36 miles. Believe it or not, Connie can run her errands for the day before Pacifica loses power. If she has to go out of town, the charge lasts about 45 miles.

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