An electric vehicle is any vehicle that can drive on electricity derived from a power plug. There are two types of EVs:
- An all-electric vehicle (sometimes called a battery electric vehicle or BEV) drives solely on power from the plug.
- A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) takes both electricity from plugging in and gasoline. Usually, they run on electricity first, then gasoline. That way, you can do the majority of daily trips on electricity and use gasoline for longer trips.
A traditional hybrid vehicle converts gasoline into electricity and does not have a plug.