Hybrid vs Electric Comparison

Ford offers an ever-evolving lineup of powertrains to meet your needs.

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

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Enjoy guilt-free drives through your town and beyond. By choosing an all-electric vehicle, you take a step forward into a better future for the world. And with a fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride, you'll be better able to take in the world around you.
A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.
Plug-in vehicle owners may be eligible for a U.S. federal income tax credit through the Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Credit. It can provide a maximum of $7,500 for qualifying all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.* Plus, many states and local utility companies may offer hybrid/electric vehicle purchasers financial rebates, tax incentives, lower charging rates, the use of HOV lanes as a single occupant and exemption from clean-air emissions tests.

*www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/409. This information should not be construed as a promise of potential tax savings or reduced tax liability. Consult your tax advisor for the amount of credit you may be eligible for.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

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Staying connected to your Ford plug-In hybrid is as simple as picking up your smartphone. By using the FordPass when equipped with FordPass Connect, you can remotely monitor and schedule charging, check battery charge levels, determine driving range and even estimate your approximate CO2 emissions. Plus, you’ll never lose your vehicle in a crowded lot again, thanks to a location feature.
Home and public charging options mean you can plug in—or not. Help maximize battery capability by plugging in the standard 120V convenience cord or available 240V home charging option.
Plug-in vehicle owners may be eligible for a U.S. federal income tax credit through the Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Credit. It can provide a maximum of $7,500 for qualifying all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.* Plus, many states and local utility companies may offer hybrid/electric vehicle purchasers financial rebates, tax incentives, lower charging rates, the use of HOV lanes as a single occupant and exemption from clean-air emissions tests.

*www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/409. This information should not be construed as a promise of potential tax savings or reduced tax liability. Consult your tax advisor for the amount of credit you may be eligible for.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

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Hybrid technology lets you seamlessly switch between gas, electric or a combination of both. The system automatically switches to the electric motor when the gas engine isn’t needed, making it a great option for city driving.
No worries about waiting for your hybrid to charge. Regenerative braking helps recharge the battery in a hybrid vehicle, so you’re always powered up and ready to go.
Have enough cords in your life? Because it’s equipped with self-charging technology, a hybrid vehicle doesn’t need to be plugged in.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Hybrid technology features a gas engine plus an electric motor, and switches between the two-or some combination of both-to optimize your drive. The gas engine and regenerative braking recharge the battery, which doesn't need to be plugged in.

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Potential Benefits

  • Fewer gas station stops than with gas engines*
  • Lower fuel cost*
  • Can run on just electricity or a combination of both electricity and gas

A great fit for:

  • Both city and highway driving, especially when you do a lot of city driving**
*Potential benefit vs. gasoline-only engine in a comparable vehicle.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Plug-in hybrids offer the best of both worlds. You can drive in electric mode while having the peace of mind of a gas-engine backup when you need it. They also feature convenient plug-in charging to extend your all-electric range.

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Potential Benefits

  • Fewer gas station stops if you plug in*
  • Lower fuel cost*
  • Freedom of choice--gas or electric

A great fit for:

  • Both city and highway driving, especially for short commutes and frequent city driving**
*Potential benefit vs. gasoline-only engine in a comparable vehicle.
**EPA-estimated rating of 109 city/97hwy/103 combined MPGe.
Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance and lithium-ion battery age. MPGe is an EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

All-Electric Vehicles

New all-electric vehicles from Ford offer an efficient and exhilarating driving experience. The energized performance can already be seen in the Mustang Mach-E, which takes less than half a second to reach peak acceleration.* Plus, there are minimal scheduled maintenance costs, zero vehicle emissions, available tax incentives and plenty of other incentives that make for a seamless switch into electric energy.

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Potential Benefits

  • Impressive torque
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • No more oil changes

A great fit for:

  • All types of driving, especially when you have predictable patterns
*When equipped with the Mustang Mach-E Premium with extended-range battery and RWD has an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles. Based on full charge. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

Ford Offers You the Largest Public Charging Network in North America

On the road, Ford customers will have simple and easy access to the Blue Oval™ Charge Network - the largest public charging network in North America offered by automotive manufacturers. With over 19,500 charging stations and growing, these stations are as common as some of the most popular pharmacy or coffee chains.*
*Based on original equipment manufacturers (OEM)/automotive manufacturers that sell all-electric vehicles and have publicly announced charging networks. Department of Energy data used. FordPass, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending of the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

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