Plug-In Hybrids

What is a Plug-In Hybrid Car?

Plug-In Hybrid Cars Explained

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a type of electric vehicle (EV) that uses a rechargeable battery to power an electric motor and another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion engine or similar propulsion system. PHEVs will typically run on electricity until the battery is depleted. Once that happens, the vehicle will automatically switch over to the internal combustion engine for power.

Two other popular vehicle types to be aware of with similar technology include: Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), which are highly efficient gasoline vehicles aided in part by rechargeable batteries that are incapable of being recharged through an external power source and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), which run purely on electricity and have batteries that can only be recharged through an external power source.

Electric Vehicles (EV) Cheat Sheet  
Type of CarBEVHybrids 
NameBattery Electric VehicleHybrid Electric VehiclePlug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Fuel TypeBattery OnlyGas + BatteryGas + Battery
Fuel SourceChargerGas + Regenerative BrakingCharger + Gas + Regenerative Braking