What are PHEV and MHEV?

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Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs), are a type of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). They are also referred to as Plug-In Vehicles (PEVs) and host both an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and an electric motor, however, unlike a standard hybrid, PEVs can travel further on electric power alone.

Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV) aren’t too dissimilar to PHEVs or normal hybrids, the only difference being the size of the battery that powers the electric motor; it’s considerably smaller than a PHEV and it doesn't require a plug to charge. The battery won't interfere with the ICE engine as much, but it can work independently to power less essential vehicle features such as air-conditioning and heating.

An entirely electric vehicle is referred to as a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or EV. These vehicles don't need assistance from a different source of power because they only use batteries rather than ICE vehicles.

PEVs are simply a subset of BEVs, and they're more frequently referred to as Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs), which are a more refined version of the standard hybrid. They have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor that can be recharged, and they can go farther on electricity than a typical hybrid car.

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