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Electric Vehicle 101

Everything You Need to Know

What Is an EV?

The electric vehicle, or EV, is booming on the market.  Electric cars are more affordable to maintain than traditional ones. Plus, they are better for the environment and offer all the power and performance of gas-powered vehicles. But what exactly is an EV, and what are the different types available on the market?

The EV repair mechanics at West Automotive Group in San Diego County, California, are here to answer all of these burning questions and more! Simply put, an EV is powered by an electric motor. Instead of a conventional internal-combustion engine (ICE) that needs gasoline to run, EVS get their juice from electricity.

There are three main types of EVs, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Keep reading to learn more about these eco-friendly cars.

3 Top Types of EVs

The three main types of EVs include:

BEVs: Battery electric vehicles, also called all-electric vehicles, are powered entirely by electricity. No gas is required. Most of the BEVs currently available on the market have lithium batteries. These have a higher power-to-weight ratio, longer driving ranges, and are smaller than other battery types.

 PHEVs: Plug-in electric vehicles utilize batteries to power their electric motor. They also have an internal combustion motor that recharges the battery, allowing PHEVs to have wider driving ranges. Plug-in EVs drive electricity from the battery until it’s gone before switching to the ICE.

HEVs: Hybrid electric vehicles, or self-charging hybrids, have both internal combustion and electrical motors. The engine uses electricity which is stored in a battery pack. HEVs cannot be plugged into a charger. Instead, they have an onboard battery pack that is juiced via regenerative braking and the engine.

While these are the top three types of electric vehicles, we did not discuss many others, including fuel-cell electric vehicles, mild hybrid cars, and more.

Quality EV Repair Solutions in San Diego, California

Do you own an electric vehicle that needs auto repair services? Don’t worry! The EV repair specialists at West Automotive Group in San Diego County, California, have the tools, technologies, and training to keep your electric car in great shape. For over 15 years, EV drivers across the region have come to us for all of their EV repair needs. Whether you drive a Tesla or Toyota, we will take great care of your car. Call us today or visit one of our  [autolab_locations_count] locations.

Contact West Automotive Group in San Diego County, California, for all your auto repairs and maintenance needs. We look forward to working on your EV.

Written by West Automotive Group