Hyundai Mild Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid or Fully Electric Models

May 15th, 2024 by

In today’s automotive market, consumers are presented with alternative options to traditional gasoline models, including mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric vehicles. Understanding the differences between these categories is essential for making an informed decision. Let’s explore these distinctions and identify which Hyundai models ls fall into each category.

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs): MHEVs incorporate a small electric motor that assists the internal combustion engine, primarily during acceleration and low-speed cruising. Unlike full hybrids, MHEVs cannot operate solely on electric power. These vehicles don’t need to be plugged in – instead, The electric motor seamlessly integrates with the engine and uses stored energy to provide extra torque. The system monitors vehicle usage to determine whether to use or charge the battery.

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs)


  • Elantra Hybrid
  • Sonata Hybrid


  • Tucson Hybrid
  • Santa Fe Hybrid


2024 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs): PHEVs feature both an internal combustion engine and a larger electric battery that can be recharged by plugging into an external power source. These vehicles offer the flexibility of electric-only driving for short distances, with the convenience of a gasoline engine for longer trips.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)


  • Elantra Plug-in Hybrid
  • Sonata Plug-in Hybrid


  • Tucson Plug-in Hybrid
  • Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid

Fully Electric Vehicles (EVs): EVs are powered solely by electricity, with no internal combustion engine. They rely entirely on rechargeable batteries to propel the vehicle, offering zero tailpipe emissions and a quiet, smooth driving experience. EVs and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) are one and the same. Neither makes use of an internal combustion engine because both are fully electrified. Although Hyundai EV models can self-charge slightly through regenerative braking, this action only prolongs battery life – it doesn’t recharge the battery fully. External charging at home or a public charging station will always be required.

Fully Electric Vehicles (EVs):


  • Kona Electric


  • IONIQ 5 Electric
  • IONIQ 6 Electric

2025 IONIQ 5

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Each type of electrified vehicle offers distinct advantages and is suited to different driving needs and preferences. MHEVs provide improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions compared to traditional vehicles, while PHEVs offer the versatility of electric and gasoline power. EVs, on the other hand, provide the ultimate in sustainability and zero-emission driving.

Patrick Hyundai is dedicated to helping you in your journey in choosing what Hyundai model best fits your lifestyle and needs. Talk to a Patrick Hyundai Client Advisor by calling 847-230-8221or contact us here.


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