A Vehicle for Change
At Drive Electric MN we want to make getting into an electric vehicle as easy as possible. That starts with understanding the conversation around electric vehicles. If you decide an EV might be for you, take a look at our buying guide, then learn about some of the charging options for workplaces and employers, including fleet operators.
Types of Electric Vehicles:
All-Electric Vehicles (EVs)
EVs use a battery to store the electric energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source. EVs are sometimes referred to as battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Examples of all electric vehicles include the Nissan Leaf, all Tesla models, etc…
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)
PHEVs are powered by an internal combustion engine that can run on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The vehicle can be plugged into an electric power source to charge the battery. A common example of a PHEV is the Chevy Volt which works like a BEV for the first 50 miles before switching to a conventional gasoline propulsion.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)
HEVs are primarily powered by an internal combustion engine that runs on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. These vehicles do not get plugged into an electric power source for charging and are not a focus of Drive Electric MN. A common example of an HEV is the Toyota Prius.