Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Each of these animals is unique. But they also share many things in common, like four legs, fur, claws, and sharp teeth. Lions and tigers have more in common with each other than they do with bears, which are a different species altogether.
Much the same can be said of today’s modern hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and gasoline engine technology you will find on our new 2015 and 2016 Hyundai Sonatas here at your Atlanta Hyundai dealership in Roswell, GA, Rick Case Hyundai Roswell.
Like lions and tigers, hybrids and plug-ins share a common connection to electricity while gasoline engines rely largely on fossil fuels to power the vehicle. But that’s just the beginning of the story. So let’s take a closer look at the differences and similarities between these three forms of automobile engines.
Internal Combustion Engine 101
Let’s start with the fuel-efficient 2.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine you would find on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Internal combustion engines (ICEs) come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share this one thing in common: they use either refined gasoline or diesel fuel directly injected into a cylinder. The air/fuel mixture is ignited by a spark plug to create a miniature explosion within the cylinder. This force pushes a piston connected to a crankshaft. The twin-scroll turbocharger boosts the air pressure within the cylinder to increase horsepower. The crankshaft’s rotary motion then turns the front wheels via a transmission and – voila! – the Sonata propels forward.
Okay, that was simple enough, wasn’t it?
Hybrid Technology Explained
Now let’s move on to the hybrid, also known as a Hybrid Electric Vehicle or HEV. Here is where the electricity part of the equation comes in. Let’s look at the all-new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In this case, a new 2.0-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine works in partnership with a powerful electric motor that delivers power to the front wheels.
At low speeds, the electric motor powers the Sonata. It draws energy from an advanced high-capacity lithium polymer battery. When you need to pass, go up a hill, or increase speed, the hybrid electric motor, and the gasoline engine switch seamlessly between one another to deliver optimal performance and fuel economy. The gas engine combines with regenerative braking to recharge the hybrid’s battery.
Plug-In Hybrid Advantages
Now let’s review the differences between the straight Hybrid Electric Vehicle described above and the all-new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid or “PHEV.” The Sonata PHEV combines the best of both worlds: A fuel-efficient gasoline engine married to an advanced lithium polymer battery that powers an electric motor.
Sound familiar? The key difference between the PHEV Sonata and its HEV cousin is that you can charge the high-capacity battery by plugging your Sonata into an electrical outlet. This method allows for a stronger electric motor that can operate exclusively on electricity at higher speeds for up to 24 miles.
When needed, the specially designed 2.0-liter GDI engine kicks in without you even noticing it. Here the roles are reversed. The electric motor is the primary source of energy for the Sonata while the gasoline engine recharges the electric motor’s battery, kicking in when needed to supply additional horsepower. This arrangement also greatly extends the range of the electric motor. In fact, Hyundai estimates that the PHEV Sonata will achieve up to an amazing 93 MPGe (miles per gallon/electric).
You Have A Choice
The great thing about the Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid is that, unlike pure plug-in electric vehicles that rely solely on battery power. You can always stop at a gas station, fill up and be on your way thanks to the availability of the gasoline engine. Because this hybrid technology is so efficient, you’ll make far fewer trips to the gas station, too.
Plus, you can also take advantage of federal and state tax credits, along with access to local HOV lanes that will have you zipping past traffic.
Gasoline versus hybrid, versus a plug-in hybrid. Lions and tigers, and bears. Each has its distinct advantages. Whichever of these advanced Hyundai engine technologies you choose; the right choice is a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata from Rick Case Hyundai Roswell, your hometown Atlanta Hyundai dealer.
Plug Into Powerful Savings At Rick Case Hyundai Roswell
Are you shocked at the high prices at other dealerships? Then check out the electrifying savings on our entire lineup of new 2015 Hyundais, including the advanced Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid. Our special offers and factory incentives give you the power to save even more on our large selection of new and used cars in Atlanta. Stop by our Roswell Hyundai dealership located at 11446 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA, or give us a call at (888) 514-0270.
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