An electric vehicle (EV) has a different engine to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle – it has an electrical motor that is powered by a battery which is charged by connecting it into an external source of electricity.
There are two main types of electric vehicle:
Conventional forms of petrol hybrids aren’t considered electric vehicles as they aren’t charged by ‘plugging in’. Their batteries are only charged by re-capturing energy when braking or from electricity generated by the engine.
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