EV is a short acronym for the term Electric Vehicle. An EV can also be used to describe an electric car or car powered by an electric motor or electricity rather than liquid fuel.

What does EV stand for?

EV stands for Electric Vehicle. EVs use an electric motor and are powered by electricity rather than fuel and can include a battery or alternative engine as a power source.

What are the different types of EVs?

There are four main types of EVs.

  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs): Battery electric vehicles run on electricity and are powered by battery exclusively rather than a traditional internal combustion engine or alternative fuel.
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs): Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles combine an electric engine with an internal combustion engine allowing the car to either run on electricity or fuel.
  • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs): Fuel cell electric vehicles use an electric engine with the ability to convert fuel such as hydrogen to electricity to power the engine rather than using stored energy from batteries.
  • Non-plug-in Hybrid EVs (HEVs): Non-plug-in hybrid EVs use a battery to store electricity from car operations such as braking and acceleration to help power the car. However, they do not have the ability to charge the car from external sources.