Unit 34, Basepoint Business Centre

Waterbury Drive, Waterlooville,

Hampshire. PO7 7TH


Tel: (023)92 484333


Email: roger@pencolelectrical.co.uk

Electric Vehicle types

What are the different Electric Vehicle types?  

'Electric Vehicle' is a broad term that describes any vehicle that is powered, in full or partly by a battery (Charge times see here). This means any vehicle that can be plugged in, including 'Pure Electric (Pure EV)', Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and Extended range (E-REV) electric vehicles. Full hybrids can also referred to as Electric Vehicles but do not need to be plugged in.



EV types

  •  Pure Electric (Pure EV) - These also referred to as 'full electric' or '100% electric', Pure EV vehicles do not have a combustible engine and are powered by battery to an electric motor, that are able to be plugged into the mains.

  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) - These vehicles have a combination of a battery and a petrol or diesel engine. Plug-in hybrid vehicles can have a pure-electric range of over 10 miles, after this the vehicle swaps to utilising battery and combustion engine.

  • Extended range (E-REV) - This vehicle is always powered by a battery but also contains an engine-powered generator on board. The generator charges the battery to give it more range. E-REVs typically have a range of around 40 miles until the extender generator operates.

  • Full Hybrid - These vehicles use both the regenerative braking and the vehicles engine to charge the battery. The vehicle does not have the facility to be charged by plugging into the mains.


battery Charging Times

Factors that influence the re-charging time of the Electric vehicle battery include the type of charger selected to do the job, the battery size (Ah) and the remaining charge that exists on the battery.

A typical guide to the type of charger unit used to charge the battery is:

  • Basic unit - 9.5 hrs   (Single phase electrical supply required from the property)

  • Standard unit - 6 hrs   (Single phase electrical supply required from the property)

  • Fast unit - 3 hrs   (Single phase electrical supply required from the property)

  • Very fast unit - 1 hrs   (Three phase electrical supply required from the property)

  • Rapid Unit - 0.5 hrs   (Three phase electrical supply required from the property)

This is referenced as a guide only and specific manufacture information should be consulted for the Battery charge times. 

The type and nature of the property, whether domestic or commercial would need to be surveyed and assessed to determine the best suited unit to install.

                                        A typical domestic installation would comprise of a Basic or Standard unit. 

                                        A typical commerial or highways  installation would comprise of a Fast to Rapid unit.

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