“PHEV” stands for “Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.” It refers to a type of hybrid vehicle that combines an internal combustion engine (typically fueled by gasoline or diesel) with an electric motor and a rechargeable battery.
PHEVs are designed to offer the benefits of both electric and conventional combustion engine vehicles. They can be plugged into an external power source to charge their batteries, allowing them to run on electricity for a certain range before the internal combustion engine is engaged. This electric range can vary depending on the specific model and battery capacity of the PHEV.
The advantage of PHEVs is that they can operate in all-electric mode, producing zero tailpipe emissions and offering greater fuel efficiency. When the battery is depleted, the internal combustion engine takes over, providing extended range and flexibility, as the vehicle can still be fueled at gas stations.
PHEVs are considered a transitional technology toward fully electric vehicles (EVs), as they provide the benefits of reduced emissions and increased fuel efficiency while addressing concerns related to limited electric charging infrastructure and range anxiety.