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What Type of Electric Vehicles Are There?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, and there are different types available. Here are some of the most common:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are fully electric and don't use a gasoline engine. Instead, they are powered by a rechargeable battery pack. BEVs are zero-emission vehicles, which means they don't produce tailpipe emissions or air pollution.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) use both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. HEVs can capture energy during regenerative braking, which is typically lost as heat in traditional gas-powered vehicles. This energy is then used to help the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) have both a gasoline engine and an electric motor, but they have a larger battery and can be recharged from the grid. PHEVs can travel on electric power alone for several dozen miles before the gas engine kicks in. After the electric range is depleted, the vehicle operates as a traditional hybrid and can run on gasoline.