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Electric Vehicle Buyers Guide

What you need to know before you purchase

Understanding the basics and supporting infrastructure can help you make an informed purchase

EVs, HEVs and PHEVs

All-electric vehicles (EVs), also referred to as battery electric vehicles, use a battery pack to store the electrical energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source. Today's hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are powered by an internal combustion engine in combination with one or more electric motors that use energy stored in batteries. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid electric vehicle whose battery pack can be recharged by connecting to an external power source, in addition to internally by its on-board internal combustion engine.

Helpful resources

There are federal, state and local resources dedicated to advancing smart transportation.

rows of new electric vehicles in parking lot
There are more than 50 EV models available today.

By 2024, nearly triple that number is expected.