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Electric Vehicles Explained

Are you confused by all the electric terminology - we are here to help you with our electric vehicles explained guide.

If you are considering an electric or hybrid vehicle you may initially feel overwhelmed with all the terminology and abbreviations that are used. It can be a little confusing so please see below a brief overview to help you navigate the new world of green driving.

BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle

These vehicles are purely powered by electric and can sometimes be referred to as ZEV – zero emission vehicles. Technology is continually evolving, and mileage ranges obviously vary from model to model, but some models can offer approximately 300 miles.

PHEV – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

This is a combination of a fuel engine and an electric motor. This option offers individuals an opportunity to travel locally, from home to work for example, but still have the comfort of a fuel combustion engine to fall back on for longer journeys. The electric mode tends to vary dependent on the model but can be anything from 20 – 100 miles.

MHEV – Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles

A variation on the PHEV, this vehicle has an electric motor to help the combustion engine, but the car is not able to drive on electric mode alone.

kWh – Kilowatt Hours

A cars battery capacity is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). When you know the maximum number of miles you can travel on the battery, you simply take the kWh of the battery, divide it by the maximum mileage and times by 100. This will then give you the kWh of electricity per 100 miles.

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