A charge of electricity that regularly changes direction. This is what powers homes and businesses.
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How far a vehicle can travel on electricity only.
A vehicle powered by only an electric motor only via rechargeable batteries.
A unit of an electric current. Short name for Ampere.
A vehicle powered by an electric motor only via rechargeable batteries.
An electronic system that monitors and reports on the condition of a rechargeable battery.
A charging system with an industry-standard plug, it uses direct current and enables fast charging capacities up to 50 kW at properly equipped public charging stations.
An Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) safety measure that communicates between the car and charger and stops current from
Where an EV can be recharged, whether at home or in a public location.
A specific location that provides electricity to recharge an EV.
A means to rapidly charge EVs via a special electric connection. Commonly used with SAE J1772 connectors.
The cable and plug that runs from a charging station to an EV which delivers electricity to recharge an EV.
A charge of electricity that flows in one direction and comes from a battery.
Also known as “Level 3” charging, it charges at 480 volts with a direct-current (DC) plug.
An electric vehicle that carries an internal combustion engine, meant only to generate power to the batteries when needed.
A vehicle that uses an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine.
The battery used to propel an Electric Vehicle, All-Electric Vehicle, or Battery Electric Vehicle.
Someone who drives an Electric Vehicle, All-Electric Vehicle, or Battery Electric Vehicle.
An EV charging station or EV charging dock. Electricity flows safely between the charging station and the vehicle. It adjusts the onboard
An electric vehicle with an onboard, hydrogen-powered fuel cell that supplies electricity to the batteries.
A gas that absorbs and emits radiant energy within the thermal infrared range, causing the greenhouse effect of warming the planet.
A vehicle that uses both an electric motor and a full-sized internal combustion engine. Also utilizes regenerative braking
An engine that generates power by burning gasoline, oil, or other fuel combined with air.
Also referred to as the Mennekes, this connector is used to charge EVs in Europe.
Used in Japan and also referred to as CHAdeMO, this is a connector that quickly charges EVs through a special adapter that delivers up to
One thousand watts. A watt is a measure of power, and a kilowatt is equal to about 1.34 horsepower.
How electricity is measured in an hour of use. For example, it would take approximately 1,000 watts (one kW) to run a microwave for one hour.
Uses 120 AC volts, it’s the equivalent of a common household outlet. It takes approximately 17 to 25 hours to fully charge an EV with
Uses 208-240 AC volts via an installed outlet. It takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to fully charge an EV with a 160-kilometre battery.
Uses 480 volts with a direct-current (DC) plug. It takes approximately 30 minutes to fully charge an EV with a 160-kilometre battery.
The common rechargeable battery found in Electric Vehicles.
A battery that utilizes molten salts as an electrolyte.
The distance an electric vehicle can go on 33.7kWh of energy, the equivalent energy in one gallon of gas. A tool for comparing fuel efficiency
How far an electric vehicle (EV) can go in miles on one kilowatt-hour of battery.
An electric vehicle (EV) with a maximum speed of 25mph that can be plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet.
A type of rechargeable battery.
Certain times of the day-night especially – where the cost of electricity is lower due to low demand. Ideal times to charge an EV.
Vehicles that utilize both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The vehicles can travel smaller distances on battery alone
Where only electric motors and batteries are used to propel an electric vehicle (EV).
The standard electrical connection for electric vehicles (EVs) in North America. Works with Level 1 and Level 2 systems.
The enhanced version of a Level 2 plug, it has two additional power contacts to speed up the level of charging. It’s compatible with AC and DC
A worry that the battery in an electric vehicle (EV) will be depleted prior to arriving at the driver’s destination.
When the driver releases the throttle, the electric motor (or motors) in the car turn into generators, supplying electricity back into the
An accelerated charging system that provides up to 120 kW to the battery. Only available to Tesla vehicles.
The rate charged to an electric vehicle customer is dependent upon the total electricity used and the time of day. Different times of day will
Manages the flow of electricity to allow electric vehicles to communicate with the power grid.
A rechargeable lead-acid battery.
Any vehicle that does not emit greenhouse gases when in use.