Types of Electric Vehicles


When it comes to electric vehicles, you have two different technologies from which to choose. Examine both of them and ask your dealer to help determine which one is best for you.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

Battery Electric Vehicles, also called BEVs, are fully-electric vehicles with rechargeable batteries and no gasoline engine. They completely omit harmful emissions and hazards caused by traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.

BEV Examples:

  • Nissan LEAF
  • BMW i3
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Tesla Model S

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and “plugging in” to an external source of electrical power. While “standard” hybrids can (at low speed) go about 1-2 miles before the gasoline engine turns on, PHEV models can go anywhere from 10-40 miles before their gas engines provide assistance.

PHEV Examples:

  • Ford C-MAX Energi
  • Chevy Volt
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in

Interested in learning more about the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles? Check out the future of automotive transportation.

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