Do You Know The Difference Between Bevs and Phevs?
Battery-powered passenger vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as automakers respond to progressively more stringent greenhouse gas regulations and consumer demand for greener buying options. Electric vehicles are enormously attractive to green-minded consumers who want to lower their carbon footprint by eliminating or reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.
Here’s some information about battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs):
- BEVs and PHEVs use electric drive systems to achieve greater operating efficiency than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles.
- BEVs are all electric and require that their batteries be recharged in order to operate, while PHEVs supplement the electric drive using a comparatively small internal combustion engine to increase the driving range.
- BEVs use an electric propulsion system for all phases of driving with 100 per cent of their propulsion coming from a zero-emission electric motor, powered by electricity from large on-board battery packs that can be recharged from the electric power grid or an external electricity source.
- PHEVs use both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The PHEVs on-board battery packs can also be recharged using electricity from the electric power grid, or an external electricity source, enabling them to operate solely on electric power or a combination of electric and gasoline power, depending on the design, for the first few kilometres. Once the batteries are depleted to a certain level, the vehicle automatically starts the internal combustion engine to propel the vehicle and may cycle between the two different operating modes depending on driving conditions and the vehicle design. For example, the Chevrolet Volt, which was the first production PHEV on the Canadian market, has an all-electric range of about 65 kilometres and a total range of about 580 kilometres when you include the gasoline-powered engine.
There are a number of fuel-efficient technologies available in new vehicles these days. If this is something you want to explore further, including more information about BEVs and PHEVs, check out the Natural Resources Canada webpage “Technology and Fuel Efficiency” at www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/transportation/. — www.newscanada.com