Glossary of EV and Hybrid Vehicle Terms


It may seem like vehicles that make use of alternative fuel sources, such as electric vehicles and hybrids, are becoming more and more prominent. What was once a niche segment of the market now has more widespread appeal. However, traditional gas engines are still the norm, so you may have a few questions about these newer innovations. Well, we have answers.


EcoBoost Engines: While these are still gas engines, they've been engineered to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. With modern innovations, EcoBoost engines can provide optimized fuel economy without sacrificing power.


Hybrids: These vehicles make use of both a gas engine and an electric motor, which is powered by a battery. The combination of both electric and gas, as fuel sources, drastically decreases the engine's fuel consumption. Plus, regenerative braking technology can automatically recharge the battery, so there's less traditional charging involved.


Plug-In Hybrids: Unlike normal hybrids, these cars need to be plugged in to charge. Many of these hybrids allow drivers to opt for an electric-only mode for a short period of time, increasing mileage.


Electric Vehicles, or EVs: These vehicles are 100% electric and will never require gasoline to function. As a result, they are totally zero-emission. The battery has to be plugged in to charge when it runs out of power. Instead of operating on a miles-per-gallon system, mileage will be described as the car's "range."

If you have any questions surrounding models with these capabilities, don't hesitate to ask us for further information. At Pegues Hurst Ford, we aim to dispel any confusion surrounding our vehicles.


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