Electric Vehicles

Posted by peter at 2:30 AM on Apr 27, 2017


Hybrid vs PHEV vs BEV

Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), what’s the difference? To properly understand a plug-in hybrid we should begin at the bottom. The conventional Hybrid (HEV), these are the Toyota Prius you might see on the streets. A Hybrid vehicle combines both a gasoline engine with an electric motor. While they do have an electric motor and battery, they cannot be plugged and recharged. Instead their batteries are charged from capturing the energy used when braking – converting kinetic energy into electricity.

PHEVs are similar to conventional hybrids in that they both have the combustion engine and electric motor, except the batteries in the PHEV can be charged by plugging into an outlet. In New Zealand, you can typically identify these plug-in hybrids with the power cord symbol. PHEV’s can substitute petrol for electricity and travel a certain distance before the combustion, typically they have a 17-51km range on the electric motor. Simply putting it, you have 2 engines in your car; a standard internal combustion engine and an electric motor. When driving, if your batteries are charged it will utilise the electric motor until the batteries are flat and then the combustion engine will take over.

BEV’s as opposed to hybrids and PHEV’s run exclusively on electricity from the batteries. Hence the name, battery electric vehicles or pure electric vehicles. These vehicles have no combustion engines, longer electric driving ranges compared to PHEV and are CO2 emission free.

Choosing the right type of vehicle will depend on your situation, at Yoogo we will believe that electric vehicles are the future and if you would like to learn more about electric vehicles, talk to us at Yoogo. 0800 2 YOOGO or email sales@yoogo.co.nz