Types of Electric Cars
It is great to see an increasing amount of car manufacturers investing in electric mobility, providing car drivers the possibility to make an easy switch to electric driving. Nowadays there are already over 65 electric car models on the market from full electric to hybrid, with even more coming out soon.
The first thing to consider when thinking about buying an EV is the car itself, plus its specifications. Basically, there are 4 different types of electric cars:
- Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): this type is completely electric.
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV): this type has both an electric motor and a gasoline motor.
- Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV): this type also has both an electric motor and a gasoline motor, but cannot be electrically recharged at a charging point.
- Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV): this type also has both an electric motor and a gasoline motor, but normally only uses the electric motor.
- How does an electric car work? What is the driving range of electric cars? The electric range of an EV, differs based on the battery size of the electric car and can be influenced by several factors. For example, driving uphill for a long period of time with the air conditioning on will drain the battery faster than when driving at a modest speed on the highway. Keep the average distance you drive per day into account in order to find out how many kilometres you need to be able to drive. The average daily commute is around 25 kilometres (Industry Outlook Europe 2018), making every full EV and many PHEV models perfect for driving the daily distance as clean as possible.