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What Type of Electric Vehicles Are There?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity across the country, and there are various types of EVs available to buyers. Below are some of the most common types:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are fully electric vehicles that don't rely on a gasoline engine. These vehicles get their power from a rechargeable battery pack, which makes them zero-emission vehicles because they don't emit harmful pollutants or emissions.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) use both a gasoline engine and an electric motor to power the vehicle. HEVs capture energy through regenerative braking, which would usually be lost in a traditional gas-powered vehicle. This energy is then repurposed to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) also have a gasoline engine and an electric motor, but they have a larger battery and the ability to recharge from the grid. PHEVs can travel for several dozen miles on electric power alone before the gas engine provides additional assistance. Once the electric range is depleted, the vehicle acts like a regular hybrid and can travel on gasoline.