What’s the difference between EVs, HEVs and PHEVs?
EVs are 100%-powered by an electric motor, and emit no CO₂ gases. HEVs, or Hybrid Electric Vehicles, have both an electric motor and a traditional engine. Their battery is charged through regenerative braking. PHEVs—such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV—first utilize the electric battery and tap into the engine when more power is needed. Like electric vehicles, the battery can be recharged by plugging it in.