Why Every Vehicle Should Have an Electric Motor, Even If It Doesn’t Have a Plug
If that is too detailed for you, the short difference between them:
In a series hybrid, the gas engine isn’t connected to the wheels, it just generates electricity to go to either an electric motor or a battery, to later go to the electric motor. The chart below shows all the cost savings of the Nissan E-Power vs not just a plug-in hybrid and fully battery electric car, but also a parallel hybrid. Even when all your customers want electric vehicles at once, you can’t meet their demand because:
The conclusion I have come to is that if you can drive your wheels with an electric motor — which you can do with an EV, a series hybrid, and sometimes a PHEV — the car will have instant torque, have good regenerative braking, be efficient, have low emissions, and be fun to drive.