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When considering making the switch to a “green” car, you may come across a lot of unfamiliar terms and acronyms. Here are some of the most common green car terms to help you along the way.

BEV. As you may have guessed, BEV stand for Battery Electric Vehicle. This type of vehicle is also commonly called an EV, or electric vehicle. It does not come equipped with a combustion engine and runs solely on electric battery power. They typically have a driving range between 70 and 100 miles.

Biodiesel. This is a form of fuel that can be used in a diesel engine. It is derived from natural ingredients, including vegetable oils, animal fats, algae, and other biological sources. It is a cleaner fuel than standard diesel.

Hybrid. A true hybrid vehicle is one that operates using both battery electric power and a gasoline-powered engine. Some hybrid vehicles offer some amount of pure electric driving range before the gasoline engine is needed. A hybrid powertrain reduces the amount of gasoline needed and increases the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency.

Mild hybrid. Many vehicles sold today offer some type of mile hybrid system, such as regenerative braking or some other type of battery power. However, mild hybrids cannot be driven on electric power alone.

PHEV. This acronym stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. These types of vehicles need to be plugged in to recharge their batteries. They still use both battery electric power and a gasoline engine; however, they often offer more electric driving range than a standard hybrid.

ULEV. These letters stand for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle. This is a vehicle that meets the technical definition by producing 0.125 grams per mile of non-methane organic gas and nitrogen oxide. All hybrids and some non-hybrid vehicles meet this standard.

Zero Emission Vehicle. Often shortened as ZEV, this is a vehicle that produces no emissions from its on board power supply. Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles qualify as ZEVs.

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