What’s the Difference Between a Battery Electric Vehicle and a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

There are two options when considering an electric vehicle, battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Both qualify for the state and federal incentives described above, but they operate very differently, as shown below. For most people, the BEV is the way to go, but if you regularly travel more than 100 miles per day, the PHEV may be a better option.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

For drivers who want to achieve zero tailpipe emissions and never pay for gas again.

BEVs use a larger battery to power one or more electric motors and can be plugged in at home, work or public charging stations. As a benefit, BEVs require limited maintenance—you will never need oil changes or new spark plugs again!

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

For drivers who want an electric-only mode, but still need the option of gas to meet all of their driving needs.

PHEVs offer both gas-only and electric-only driving—even at high speeds. Though they have smaller batteries than BEVs, they similarly charge by plugging in at home, work or public charging stations

Watch this brief 3-minute video to learn more about electric vehicles