A few years ago, it was said that electric vehicles were designed for a specific niche. Today we can confirm that the EV revolution has arrived, and more automakers are innovating in this field. Electric cars are becoming more popular every year around the world, which is why you’ve probably wondered what an electric car is, and what types of electric cars exist.
Electric cars are part of what is known as “electric vehicles” or “EVs”. These types of vehicles have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. They use traction battery packs to power the electric motor. Depending on the type of electric car, the motor can either work as an assistance for a traditional internal combustion engine, or power the car completely. Let’s get to know a bit more about the different types of electric vehicles!
What are the different types of EVs and EV chargers?
There are three types of electric vehicles available:
- Battery electric vehicles (BEVs)
- Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHECs)
- Hybrid vehicles
And also three types of EV chargers:
- Level 1 (L1)
- Level 2 (L2)
- DC Fast Charging (DCFC)
The differences between EV charger types consist in how fast they charge an EV’s battery. Level 1 is the slowest and can be found in residential areas. Fully charging a battery can take over 24 hours. Level 2 can charge an electric vehicle to 100% in about 8 hours, and can be found in public places, such as malls and hotels. DCFCs are the fastest in the market, and will charge an EV’s battery to 100% in just 60 to 90 minutes. You can find these in places where people can find a secondary activity to do while their car gets charged.
On the other hand, BEVs are vehicles that are powered using only an electric battery. PHEVs have both a combustion engine, and an electric battery. In these vehicles the electric battery is recharged from a plug. Hybrid vehicles also have an electric battery and a combustion engine, but the battery is charged using the combustion engine.
The type of EV you choose depends mainly on how often you’ll use it, and what for. For example, a BEV is fast and uses no gasoline but you’ll need a place close to you to charge it. Choose a PHEV if you’ll use your car to drive short distances, but don’t if you regulary drive longer distances. A hybrid is perfect for those who’re looking to consume less gas, but remember these vehicles are not the cheapest.
Becoming an EV charging point
If you own a business, at EVCS we offer good deals for you to include an EV charging point for your business. By becoming a charging point you’re contributing to taking care of the environment, while attracting new customers. You can become a leader in this innovative segment that keeps growing.
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