You Asked, LaFontaine Buick GMC Highland Answers: How do Hybrid, PHEV, and Electric Cars Differ?

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For a great selection of PHEV, hybrid, and GMC electric vehicles, shop our new car dealership. Whether you’re looking for a fuel-efficient Buick SUV or an eco-friendly GMC truck, we’ll help you decide which powertrain suits you best.


The powertrain of the hybrid models at LaFontaine Buick GMC Highland includes a gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack. At low speeds, the electric motor does the majority of the work. At high speeds, the gas engine kicks in. This is an essential balance that ensures excellent gas mileage.

Moreover, hybrid cars:

  • Produce lower emissions compared to combustion-engine vehicles
  • Don’t need to be plugged in
  • Can be filled up at a regular gas station
  • Are usually more powerful than gas-only automobiles


With a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), can drive for a number of miles on just electric power before switching to the gas engine.

These Buick SUVs have a larger battery than regular hybrids, which translates to considerably more all-electric range. PHEVs offer other benefits, such as:

  • 20 – 40 miles on electric power
  • Good fuel economy, even after the electric range is depleted
  • Provide the benefits of a pure EV for short drives or commutes / gas engine for longer trips
  • Many PHEVs are eligible for federal tax incentives


EVs are the most efficient of all, offering an all-electric driving range of up to 300 miles before needing a charge. Instead of a combustion engine, EVs utilize electric motors powered by large battery packs.

Get GMC financing for an EV and you’ll also enjoy:

  • Convenient at-home battery charging
  • Lower maintenance costs due to less parts
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Exceptionally quiet cabin and smooth ride
  • Exciting acceleration because the electric motor delivers instant power

Buy an Efficient Automobile Today

Contact our team of knowledgeable GMC dealers today for an up-close look at our great lineup of fuel-efficient automobiles. Whether you’re partial to a hybrid, PHEV, or EV, we’ll ensure you get a great car at a great price.