An electric vehicle (EV) has a different engine to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle – it has an electrical motor that is fuelled by a battery which is charged by plugging it into an electric power point (a bit like charging your cellphone battery).
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.
For a view of all charging infrastructure currently available in New Zealand go to plugshare (external link)