The Difference Between Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Electrified Vehicles

Electric vs. Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota of Scranton is proud to be part of a vehicle line that offers more low—and zero-emission vehicles than any other manufacturer. We are also excited to help our customers learn about the variations in these vehicles and select the Toyota model that perfectly meets their needs. The choices when making this environmentally conscious and financially savvy purchase include electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid.

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Toyota Bz4X traveling through a city

Meet The Toyota Electric Vehicle Of Your Dreams

A fully electric vehicle replaces the combustion engine with one or more battery-powered electric motors. This form of propulsion provides added responsiveness when the driver accelerates, which is a smoother acceleration than the average gas-powered motor and transmission combination. These vehicles typically also harness kinetic energy to recharge batteries when applying the brakes.

Toyota sold over 2.7 million electric vehicles in 2022, thanks to over three-quarters of all models offering an electric option. As a leader in these advanced vehicles, we also offer exceptional warranties to our customers, including the 8-year or 100,000-mile EV drive component warranty.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect with our electric Toyota models.

  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Lower carbon footprint
  • Reduced noise pollution
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Tax incentives and rebates
  • Instant torque
  • Regenerative braking
  • Home charging
  • Integration with renewable energy

Understanding Your Hybrid Toyota

A hybrid Toyota functions much like every Toyota you have owned and enjoyed for decades. They are still fueled in the same manner, drive with the same characteristics, and deliver the same dependability. The part for drivers is that these Toyota vehicles offer better fuel economy thanks to their ability to recycle energy captured when you apply the brakes. This energy is then used for propulsion in tandem with the gasoline-powered engine to increase your miles per gallon. But unlike the plug-in hybrids, you do not need to have access to or install any charging station at your home to take advantage of this electric boost in your Toyota.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect with our hybrid Toyota models.

  • Great Fuel Efficiency
  • Lower emissions
  • Enhanced performance
  • Extended driving range
  • Regenerative braking
  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Smoother driving experience
  • Potential tax credits, rebates, or other incentives
Toyota Highlander Hybrid traveling down a hill
Toyota Prius Prime traveling through a city

The Perks Of A Plug-in Hybrid

A Toyota plug-in hybrid takes energy efficiency one step further than the traditional hybrid vehicle. These models have larger battery packs that can store significantly more energy than is produced by capturing kinetic energy when braking. You plug this vehicle in to store massive power that will propel your car. When the battery power is depleted, the vehicle will function fully under the power of the gas motor until you plug it in to recharge the battery packs.

While you might feel that hybrids and plug-in hybrids are new to the automotive world, rest assured that Toyota has been developing and perfecting these new technologies for years. We are eager to introduce Toyota buyers to these innovations and provide them with the peace of mind of a 10-year or 150,000-mile warranty on their Toyota hybrid battery.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect with our plug-in hybrid Toyota models.

  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Reduced Emissions
  • Home Charging
  • Drive Electric Only or on Fuel
  • Regenerative braking
  • Lower Operating Costs
  • Increased Range and Flexibility
  • Potential for lower maintenance costs
  • Potential tax credits, rebates, or other incentives

Check Out The Electrified Toyota Lineup!

When you visit the experts at Toyota of Scranton near Dunmore and Kingston, we are excited to introduce you to all the electrified options offered by Toyota, including:


Toyota Camry Hybrid

2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota Prius

2024 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius Prime

2024 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 Prime

2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Toyota bz4x

2024 Toyota bZ4X

We look forward to answering any questions you have about taking the next step into the future of environmentally conscious vehicles with the Toyota electrified lineup.