How to Charge a Hybrid Car Battery

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As time goes on, hybrid and electric vehicles are increasing in popularity and accessibility for Jackson area drivers. No matter your driving style, there is (or will soon be) an electric or hybrid vehicle that interests you, we’re sure of it. That being said, some drivers remain apprehensive about the changes that an electrically-involved vehicle might demand of their daily routine. For example, how to charge a hybrid car battery becomes a question that many folks ask. Keep reading to learn more – and be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions!

Charging a Hybrid Car Battery Depends On the Kind of Car!

Drivers wondering about the ins and outs of charging a hybrid car battery often don’t realize that with most types of hybrid vehicles, a third-party battery charge just isn’t necessary. In the case of many traditional hybrid vehicles, features such as regenerative braking help to recharge the hybrid battery as you drive.

In the case of what’s called a “Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle,” there is no regenerative braking, and the vehicle is able to run on electric power itself for a time. This combination of facts means that the electric battery in the vehicle must be separately recharged from time to time, much like a full electric vehicle (EV).

How to Charge a Plug-In Hybrid Car Battery: Three Methods

As you learned in the previous section, there’s only one type of hybrid vehicle that requires charging, and that’s a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle, also known to Toms River drivers a PHEV. This segment of vehicles, requiring outside sources of electricity, can be charged using a few different methods, which we’ve listed below.

  • Portable Charging
    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will almost always come standard with a portable charging cord, which is compatible with a typical household 120-volt outlet. These charge at the slowest rate of the three charging options.
  • Public Fast Chargers
    There are also public charging stations, which often can be seen offering a fast charging option. While public charging stations aren’t quite as common as gas stations, they’re showing up in more places each year.
  • Home Fast Chargers
    You can also have a professional electrician install a 240-volt fast-charging station in your garage. This can cost upwards of $2,500 – but just think of the convenience of a full charge every morning you leave for work!

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