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Electric Vehicles

CAA supports all moves to make vehicles more fuel efficient, including the development of EVs. We also believe that consumers want unbiased information about EVs. The information presented here is designed to answer your questions and help you decide if an electric vehicle is a good fit for you.

Benefits

• Lower overall operating costs
• Significant benefits to the environment
• No oil changes
• No tune ups

Concerns

• Higher purchase price
• Battery life
• Availability of charging stations
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Types of Electric Vehicles Found in Canada


Battery

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

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Plug-In

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVS)

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Hybrid

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

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Hydrogen

Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles

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Battery

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)


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Plug-In

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVS)


A PHEV runs mostly on a battery that is recharged by plugging into the power grid, but it is also equipped with an internal combustion engine, running on gasoline or diesel fuel, that can recharge the battery and/or to replace the electric drive train when the battery is low and more power is required.

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Hybrid

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)


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Hydrogen

Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles


A FCEV creates electricity from hydrogen and oxygen, instead of storing and releasing energy like a battery. Because of these vehicles’ efficiency and water-only emissions, some experts consider these cars to be the best electric vehicles, even though they are still in development phases and provide many challenges.

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FAQs

How long have electric vehicles been around?

For more than a century! Electric vehicles were the most popular mode of motorized transportation in the early 1900s.


What are the main differences between a BEV (battery electric vehicle) and HEVs/PHEVs (hybrids and plug-in hybrids)?

Whereas BEVs operate on electricity alone, HEVs and PHEVs combine electrical and internal combustion engines, which require fuel. Hybrids are cheaper to buy, but have less in the way of energy savings and environmental impact.

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