The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

43,282 34,336 27,081 20,948 9934 9039 4762 3015 2462 1108 9.6 22.8 1.4 0.7 0.4 2.6 2.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 If it comes with a cord it’s a plug-in but this catch-all name cov­ers sev­eral dis­tinct types. Here’s what the la­bels mean. EV For elec­tric ve­hi­cle. Bat­tery is the sole source of en­ergy to drive the car. Leaf, Tesla Model S. BMW i3, Nis­san RANGE EX­TEN­DER EV Elec­tric ve­hi­cle with an on-board fuel-burn­ing gen­er­a­tor set. This sends cur­rent di­rect to the car’s elec­tric mo­tor when bat­tery charge is al­most ex­hausted, greatly in­creas­ing driv­ing range.

BMW i3 has a range ex­ten­der op­tion. PHEV Plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cle. Petrol or diesel hy­brid fit­ted with a larger bat­tery pack to en­able elec­tric-only driv­ing, typ­i­cally 30km-50km. In Aus­tralia: Mit­subishi Out­lander PHEV.

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