With the variety of EVs available today, one is sure to fit your everyday driving needs, year-round. Get the info on electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, range-extended-electric, and all-electric – from smallest to largest electric motor and battery pack.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)
HEVs are powered by a gasoline or diesel engine, and an electric motor that receives energy from a battery. The battery is charged through regenerative braking, not by plugging in.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles with Range Extender (BEVxs)
PHEVs and BEVxs are similar to HEVs in that they include both a gasoline engine and an electric motor with a battery, but they have larger batteries that can be recharged by plugging into an electric outlet. They can be powered by either gasoline or electricity alone.
Battery Electric Vehicles with Range Extender (BEVxs), also contain both a battery and a gas engine, but the engine provides extra range to the vehicle once the battery pack is depleted.
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)
BEVs are powered solely by a large battery; they only run on electricity. BEVs are charged by being plugged into an electric power source. Both BEVs and PHEVs can be plugged into an electric outlet; together, these powertrains can be referred to as plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
Informing Your Choices
If you’re shopping for a new car, minivan, or SUV, and you are interested in better efficiency, spending less on fuel, and reducing harmful emissions, then this is the tool for you! You can compare up to two EVs with a conventional gasoline vehicle. After selecting which type of vehicle you’re interested in and telling us about your driving habits, you can find out more about how EVs stack up against conventional gasoline vehicles and make a well-informed buying decision.