What is a battery electric vehicle (BEV)?
A battery electric vehicle (BEV) is powered by at least one electric motor in the absence of a petrol or diesel internal combustion engine (ICE), ultimately producing zero CO2 emissions.
Just like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), BEVs need to be plugged-in for charging, but there's no ICE as back-up like there is with a PHEV.
Fully electric vehicles are constantly in all-electric mode and, as the battery is considerably larger than in a PHEV, they can travel much further on a single charge.
If you're looking for a fully electrified experience with seamless driving dynamics, then a BEV may be of interest.
How do electric cars and vans work?
Essentially, electric cars and vans are powered by an electric motor instead of a petrol or diesel internal combustion engine.
EVs have a large on-board battery in replacement of the fuel tank, which stores energy to power the electric motor. The bigger the battery, the higher the EV's range.
A single-speed transmission is utilised in all EVs, sending power to the wheels from the electric motor, and an intelligent regenerative braking system is able to replenish some battery charge during journeys. However, most of the charging comes from plugging the vehicle in to a power source, which can be done at home or at various public charging stations.
Should I buy a battery electric vehicle?
EVs emit zero tailpipe emissions, making them much better for the environment.
Low Running Costs
Benefit from zero road tax and significantly low charging costs compared to refuelling.
You can avoid petrol stations completely with the convenience of charging from your home.
Electric cars offer smooth and exciting driving dynamics.
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Popular electric models
There are a wide variety of fantastic BEV models to choose from, but some of the most popular include:
Frequently Asked Questions
Charging times can vary depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.
Slow charges can take up to 12 hours to complete, while ultra-rapid charges can replenish your battery to around 200 miles in as little as 30 minutes.