Electric or Electrified? Understanding The Terminology

TheTruthAboutCars.com recently highlighted a common challenge when talking about teen vehicles — are they electric or electrified?

“The difference between electric and electrified vehicles is simple,” Tim Healey explains. “Electric vehicles, otherwise known as ‘pure’ EVs, are vehicles solely powered by electricity. Electrified vehicles, by contrast, are powered in part by electricity.”

Hybrids and plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius are electrified because they feature both electric and gasoline engines. Examples of electric vehicles include Tesla,the Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Bolt.

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