37% of Americans think hybrid vehicles need to be plugged in to charge, according to Consumer Reports

Hybrid vehicles have been in the automotive market for decades, but not everyone understands how they work. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports survey found that 37% of Americans believe hybrid vehicles need to be plugged in to be charged.

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One of the most frequently asked questions at Consumer Reports is whether or not hybrid vehicles need to be plugged into an outlet for charging. In most cases, they don’t. CR says hybrid cars made by Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Honda never need to be plugged in. Yet 37% of drivers did not know. Meanwhile, around 45% of respondents to the recent CR survey already knew this, and 18% were unsure whether hybrids should be plugged in.

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