Choosing the Right PEV

Plug-In Electric Vehicles

There are two basic types of plug-in electric vehicles

    • PHEVs are powered by batteries until the energy is depleted, then they switch to gas power. 
    • Depending on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity, PHEVs can travel anywhere from 10 to 53 miles solely on their battery. 
    • PHEVs have enough range for the average American's commute so most daily driving would be electric and the combustion engine allows flexibility for long distance travel.
    • Using regenerative braking, the car is able to recharge the batteries instead of wearing down the brake pads when braking.
    • Batteries are charged by plugging the car into a standard electrical outlet or charging station.
    • PHEVs are eligible for the Federal Tax Credit up to $7,500 depending on battery size.
    • BEVs are powered solely by batteries. 
    • There are no tailpipe emissions.
    • Some cars can travel from 150 up to 335 miles on a single charge depending on the model. 
    • Using regenerative braking, the car is able to recharge the batteries instead of wearing down the brake pads when braking
    • Batteries are charged by plugging the car into a standard electrical outlet or charging station.
    • BEVs are eligible for the full $7,500 Federal Tax Credit for EVs.

Consumer’s Guide on EVs

A list of available EVs in the U.S. put together by the Electric Power Research Institute.

Read the Guide