At last! Help for motorists who don’t know a PHEV from a BEV

12-12-19

Motorists have a wide range of options when choosing an alternative fuelled vehicle from mild hybrid to pure electric vehicles, and some of the terminology can be confusing.

But now, the automotive data experts at HPI have produced a definitive list of new vehicle terminology to help consumers avoid confusion when considering an electric vehicle.

  • AFVs Alternative Fuel Vehicles – vehicles not powered by petrol or diesel internal combustion engines.
  • BEV Battery Electric Vehicle – vehicles powered solely by a battery charged from an external power source.
  • CAZ Clean Air Zone.
  • EV Electric Vehicle – the broadest category of vehicle, including all types of electric vehicles.
  • HEV Hybrid Electric Vehicle – vehicles combining a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system.
  • ICE Internal Combustion Engine – a conventional petrol or diesel engine.
  • LEZ Low Emission Zone.
  • mHEV Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle – vehicles with an internal combustion engine assisted by an electric generator; mHEVs cannot run on electric power alone.
  • PEV Plug-in Electric Vehicle – includes both PHEVs and BEVs.
  • PHEV Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle – HEVs whose battery may be charged from an external power source.
  • PiCG Plug-in Car Grant – Government-funded plan to subsidise the price of plug-in cars (PHEVs and BEVs).
  • REX Range Extender – small internal combustion engine used to provide power to a BEV when the battery is exhausted.
  • ULEZ Ultra-Low Emission Zone – an area within which all vehicles need to meet exhaust emission standards.

“Most car manufacturers are making significant investments in their EV ranges in particular,” Chris Plumb, HPI’s Senior Valuations Editor & EV Specialist, said. “As a result, the UK will see a rapid expansion in the number of models available and the technology used. Many manufacturers are planning to electrify their entire product range by the middle of the next decade.”

Manufacturers are expected to introduce at least 35 new makes and models of AFVs in 2020.

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