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SPECIAL REPORT: Hybrid or Electric - Which is the best?


Some people are saying goodbye to filling up their gas tanks at stations.  They are buying all electric vehicles, which use plug in batteries.

Derek Seifrit, who is a salesperson at Headquarter Nissan in Columbus, said, "In all honesty gas is a resource that is someday going to disappear. Electricity is something that we will always generate because we will always be able to make it."     

But what's the difference between all-electric, hybrid and gas?

Cars with internal combustion engines are the gasoline powered vehicles most of us drive around town.

Hybrids appeared on the car scene a few years ago.

General sales manager at Rivertown Ford Brad Williams explained how they use both gasoline and a battery charge.

He said, "The gas engine and battery are working together back and forth the battery is there to take some of the load off of the gas.  The primary station is still a gasoline internal combustion engine, the hybrid is kind of the backup.  The hybrid is cutting on whenever you pull up at a red light, your hybrid is coming on, the battery technology, when your traveling at low speeds, you're doing around town driving."    

He said the battery clicks on and off when you're using features like the air conditioner as well.

All electric cars mainly run on a battery.

The all electric Ford Focus is a little different from the Nissan LEAF because it has a backup gas engine.  

Williams said, "It's going to have a range of about 76 miles then once you reach that 76 miles your 4 cylinder, internal combustion engine, your regular engine that you think of now a days kicks in and takes over from there." 

He explained the all electric Focus gets the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon.

The gas Ford Focus Fiesta gets 46 miles per gallon.

Seifrit said one charge usually lasts 100 miles in the Nissan LEAF.

"A charge will generally cost you 3 dollars on a normal car, even a good hybrid you're talking 50 miles to a gallon, you're still going to spend twice that in fuel costs whereas it's 3 dollars to plug in at night," explained Seifrit.

The Nissan LEAF costs between $35,000 to $40,000.

A person also has to buy a charging station that runs generally $200, which gets installed at a person's home.

Every time you plug it up, the $3 goes on your electric bill, and the average annual electric cost is $600.

Seifrit said commercial plug in station are coming to different areas for easy access.

He said, "They would essentially charge it for 30 minutes at a gas station where you can just go plug it in, sit down have a drink and your car is charged up at least 80 percent in 30 minutes."

If a person gets stuck somewhere any outlet will do, but it takes much longer, such as 8 to 12 hours.

Seifrit believes all electric cars are really worth the money, but it's up to you whether you want to dish out the dough for convenience down the line. 

The federal government does issue additional tax savings up to 7500 dollars on energy efficient vehicles.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates Honda's 2013 Fit EV the highest with 118 miles per gallon.

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