Choosing the Right PEV

Plug-In Electric Vehicles

There are three basic types of electric vehicles

    • Powered by gas and batteries
    • Gas engine switches to the battery when the car is idling – saving a significant amount of gas
    • Brakes continually recharge the battery
    • Does not plug in to recharge


    • Powered by batteries until they are depleted, then switches to the gas engine
    • Depending on the size of the battery in your vehicle, the charge can last from 10 to 40 miles
    • Brakes continually recharge the battery
    • Batteries are charged by plugging the car into a standard electrical outlet or charging station


    • Powered solely by batteries
    • No tailpipe emissions
    • Some cars can travel up to 160 miles on a single charge
    • Brakes continually recharge the battery
    • Batteries are charged by plugging the car into a standard electrical outlet or charging station