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What Type of Electric Vehicles Are There?

With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), there are several types to choose from. Here's a summary of the most common ones:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) rely solely on rechargeable batteries and have no gasoline engine. This makes them zero-emission vehicles that don't produce any tailpipe emissions or air pollution.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have both a gas-powered engine and an electric motor. They recharge their batteries through regenerative braking, capturing energy that would otherwise be lost during braking and using it to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

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