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5. Simpler than a Hybrid
While it is true that a hybrid offers no “range anxiety” and usually better fuel mileage than conventional cars, it also is an electrified vehicle that combines two powertrains.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has disparagingly called hybrids “amphibians,” but many level-headed observers – not least of which, being Toyota – would not go so far as to say they are in a stage of evolution pending a die-off.
However, that hybrids have more complexity is absolutely true, and it’s a reality EV owners can bypass in the tradeoff.
All the maintenance concerns about internal combustion-powered cars apply to hybrids, and then you have the battery, controller, motor, other components as part of the gas-electric powertrain.
The maintenance and resale record for hybrids has been good, and we are not meaning to say they are too risky, but EVs are simpler machines.