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What Type of Electric Vehicles Are There?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, and there are different types to choose from. Here is a brief summary of the most common types:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are fully electric and do not have a gasoline engine. They run on rechargeable batteries, making them zero-emission vehicles that do not produce any tailpipe emissions or air pollution.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) combine a gas-powered engine with an electric motor and can recharge their batteries through regenerative braking. This process captures energy that is typically lost during braking and uses it to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) have larger batteries and can be plugged into the grid to recharge. They can operate on electric power alone for several dozen miles before the gas engine takes over, and when the battery is depleted, they operate like regular hybrids and can travel using gasoline power.