Hybrid vehicles offer gas alternatives
Not all hybrid and electric vehicles work the same. Here's a look at some of the differences:
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) - An electric battery supplements an internal combustion engine, powered by conventional or alternative fuels. These vehicles may run entirely on electricity for short distances. The battery requires no plug-in, but recharges via the engine and regenerative braking, which recaptures energy typically lost when a vehicle decelerates.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) - An internal combustion engine works with an electric motor, powered by a battery that receives its charge from plugging into an outside source, or from the engine and regenerative braking. The larger battery in these vehicles allows them to run entirely on electricity for distances of about 10 to 40 miles.
All-electric vehicle (EV) - These vehicles run entirely on electric battery packs, which recharge via a plug-in at a charging station or home. They have limited driving ranges, typically about 100 miles.
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