Blog 16.10.2023

A Beginner’s Guide to the Types of Electric Vehicles Available 

We are all aware of how important it is to secure a more sustainable future. As the world transitions to a more eco-friendly place, electric vehicles will continue to play a vital role in contributing to this greener future.  

In Ireland alone, the popularity of EVs has grown exponentially, and the country has made significant strides in promoting greener transportation, through increasing publicity and EV incentives throughout both corporate and private markets.  

In this blog, we will be exploring the various types of electric vehicles and outlining the differences between them – so if you are in the market or looking to make the move to a cleaner, greener future, you’ll know exactly what to look for to suit your needs. 

1. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) 

First up – and most common type of EV on Irish roads – are Battery Electric Vehicles or BEVs. These vehicles run entirely on electric power stored in high-capacity batteries. BEVs produce zero emissions and can offer the cleanest and most efficient driving experience. In our previous blog, we outlined some of the most popular makes and models of EVs available to the more environmentally conscious Irish motorists today.  

2. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) 

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles combine a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor and a rechargeable battery. In Ireland, PHEVs have found a niche among drivers who want the flexibility of using electric power for short commutes while having a petrol or diesel engine for longer trips. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV or Kia Sorrento PHEV are prime examples of this hybrid technology on the market today.  

3. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) 

Hybrid Electric Vehicles, or HEVs, have been on our roads for a number of years and have remained popular among savvy Irish motorists. These vehicles use both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.  HEV’s cannot be charged from an external source, as the battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal engine itself.  While they’re not 100% electric, they do still contribute to a greener transport landscape. A well-known example of a hybrid vehicle is the Toyota Prius., which can be seen on many Irish roads today. 

4. Range-Extended Electric Vehicles (REXs) 

Another type of EV is the Range-Extended Electric Vehicle (REX). This hybrid variation is similar to the HEV, in that the engine acts primarily as a generator to recharge the battery, extending the vehicle’s electric range, and cannot be charged by an external charge point. While this type of EV is beginning to be phased out, an example would be the BMW i3 with Range Extender.  

5. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) 

Again, while not as prevalent as other types, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles are making a presence in Ireland. These vehicles use hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity and power an electric motor. FCEVs, such as the Hyundai Nexo, produce zero emissions and are gaining attention within the Irish marketplace for their potential as a clean energy alternative. 

The transition to electric mobility isn’t limited to personal vehicles. We are also seeing the adoption of electric commercial vehicles, including electric vans and trucks. These electric workhorses play a crucial role in reducing emissions – particularly in urban areas – and are used by businesses and organisations for various applications, including last-mile delivery services. At eStation, we provide a range of services for corporate fleet management that help businesses make the seamless transition to EV and increase operational capacity and efficiency through doing so. 

6. Commercial Electric Vehicles 

It’s fair to say that the future of transportation in Ireland is undeniably electric. As the country (and the world) strives to achieve its sustainability goals, the availability of alternative types of electric vehicles reflects a commitment to reducing emissions and promoting cleaner, greener mobility options. Electric Vehicles Ireland is not just a trend; it’s a sustainable path toward a cleaner and more eco-friendly future, and the diversity of electric vehicle choices available to Irish consumers is a testament to this commitment.  

Ready to make the switch? eStation can help? 

eStation makes the switch to an electric vehicle easy. We’ve been installing and supplying EV charging solutions throughout Ireland since 2015 and can help you get set up to make the most of your new electric car.   

To find out more about how our team of experts can help, get in touch today. 

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