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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) combine two propulsion modes in one vehicle – an electric motor that is battery powered and can be plugged in and recharged and a gasoline engine that can be refueled with gasoline.  Different PHEVs will vary in how far they can travel on battery-power alone. 

Two types of PHEVs are on the market, with both offering some all-electric range.  One type of PHEV operates only on battery power until the engine is needed to provide energy to the batteries. The other type operates on a mix of battery and engine power after the all-electric range has run down.

PHEV Characteristics


Electric motor / battery plus gasoline engine