Explanation of the Different Types of Electric Vehicles

January 2nd, 2023 by

Rear View of 2023 Kia Niro EV

As more and more manufacturers are announcing their transitions towards electric vehicles (EVs), so, too, are consumers joining them in the movement. In fact, many of our loyal customers at Kia of Mankato are doing the same, as increasing numbers of households are only looking at EVs when shopping—or even just window-shopping—for their next new Kia cars. As exciting as these changes can be, they are also confusing for many consumers. Trust us, we get it; there is a lot of information to unpack, process, and understand, especially when it comes to all the different types of EVs. As always, our team at Kia of Mankato has everything you need to know, so keep on reading for an in-depth explanation of the different types of electric vehicles.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

BEVs, also known as All-Electric Vehicles (AEVs), are brought to life by a battery pack. Just like another type of engine, this capable battery pack is sneakily stored within the heart of the vehicle. Then, when commanded by the all-electric drivetrain, the battery sends electricity throughout the BEV as needed. As one would imagine, the internal battery pack can be charged by plugging into the electricity grid via any compatible outlet. Of course, once the battery has a charge, it can provide power to one or more all-electric motors, which ultimately run the car.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

HEVs, meanwhile, have both a gas engine and an electric motor. Needless to say, the gas engine is powered by fuel while the electric motor receives electricity from at least one battery pack within the vehicle. Then, in order to move the HEV, the transmission is rotated simultaneously by both the gas engine and the electric motor. While this may sound a little bit complicated, we promise that the end result is a driving experience just as smooth as anything else on the road today.

Charging a 2023 Kia Niro EV

Under the Hood of a 2023 Kia Niro EV

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Just like an HEV, PHEVs have both a gas engine and an electric motor. What sets them apart, however, is the fact that the owner of a PHEV can choose from various fuels, such as conventional gas as well as alternative types. Additionally, a PHEV can also be powered by a rechargeable battery pack. Better yet, the battery pack can be external.

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEVs)

Last but not least, FCEVs are an entirely separate entity. Also known as Zero-Emission Vehicles, FCEVs employ ‘fuel cell technology.’ This special technology system fuels the vehicle by outputting chemical energy which is then converted to electric energy. While this is not exactly a direct supply of electricity, one could certainly think of it as the next-best thing.

Contact Our Team at Kia of Mankato

Now, with our in-depth explanation of the different types of electric vehicles in mind, what’s next on your radar? If you’re in the market for a new car, then consider checking out our new Kia inventory. We have dozens of available models, including several EVs, all of which would be an excellent addition to your home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team at Kia of Mankato online, give us a call at 507-769-0320 or visit us in person at 160 St Andrews Dr, Mankato, MN 56001. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can. Until then!

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