New glossary of EV terms

As “new energy” vehicles proliferate, the alphabet soup of acronyms is getting harder and harder to stir. Complicating matters is the fact that dissimilar vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S fall into the same category, “EV,” and sub-category, “BEV.” So silly! It’s time to break Tesla into its own distinct category, since its products are outliers by every possible measure. So here’s a proposed glossary.

BEV — Battery Electric Vehicle

EREV — Extended Range Electric Vehicle

EV — Electric Vehicle

FCV — Fuel Cell Vehicle

HEV — Hybrid Electric Vehicle

ICE — Internal Combustion Engine

NEV — Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

PHEV — Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

EGAD — Electrically Generated Adrenaline Device

 

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