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Definition: electric vehicle types


Following is a summary of the different kinds of electric vehicles (EVs) on the market that draw current from a battery. Electric vehicles can also be powered by hydrogen gas (see fuel cell). See electric vehicle and EV charging.

 --NO GAS TANK--
   EV/BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle)
    i.e. Tesla, Chevrolet Bolt


 --HAS GAS TANK (CHARGING OPTIONAL)--
   Runs on gas or battery
   PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV)
    i.e. Toyota Prius, Ford Escape


 --HAS GAS TANK (NO CHARGING)--

   Runs on gas or battery
   HEV (Hybrid EV)
    i.e. Toyota Prius, Honda CR-V

   Runs on gas with electric assist
   MHEV (Mild Hybrid EV)
    i.e. Ford Puma, Land Rover Evoque