What is the difference between HEV and PHEV?

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Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) are exactly what they are described, a mix of two power sources, with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and a battery-powered electric motor. HEVs are the most common type of hybrid vehicle and don’t need charging via plug. Instead, HEVs recharge their batteries through regenerative braking, so a little power is created each time the driver touches the brakes. 

Plug-In Vehicles (PEVs), alternatively, do need to be plugged in to charge their batteries. They are considered a sub-set of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) but are most commonly referred to as Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs). They also host an ICE engine alongside an electric motor, however, they have a greater range than a standard hybrid on electric power alone. 

It entirely depends on the type of electric fleet management your business is looking for. A fleet of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) would be more appropriate for a company that is not as eager to switch from Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles and Electric Vehicles (EV) would better suit a company wanting to become fully sustainable.

EVs are the most environmentally friendly option for most businesses because they don't have tailpipe emissions, but their manufacture can still produce some, namely from the production of batteries.

Despite having an electric motor and a fuel-powered engine, PHEVs are still more environmentally friendly than standard ICE vehicles and are a great transitional solution for businesses attempting to go all-electric.

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