When it comes to choosing a new car, fuel type is just one of the things you need to consider and it's no different with electric cars. Here are the different options available.
An Electric Vehicle (EV) or Battery Electric vehicle (BEV) is a car powered by only a battery. These cars have no other energy source and must be charged by plugging in at home to a wallbox or to a public charging station.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has both a battery and a 'normal' petrol or diesel engine. These vehicles can go shorter distances on their battery alone with the petrol or diesel engine taking over when the battery runs out of charge. To charge the battery you would plug this car in, similar to an all electric vehicle.
PHEV models include: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, Kia Optima Plug-In, Kia Niro Plug-In, BMW i8, Volkswagen Golf GTE, Toyota Prius Plug-In
Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Similar to the PHEV, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) has both a petrol or diesel engine and a battery. However, the HEV cannot be plugged in to charge. The battery charges through regenerative braking or using internal combustion engines. The battery in this car will be used at low speeds with the petrol/diesel engine aking over as the car gets faster.
Hybrid models include: Ford Mondeo Hybrid, Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Toyota Yaris Hybrid,