Electric Vehicle Terms Glossary

Here’s a glossary of some of the common terms you’ll hear when dealing with Electric Vehicles

  • AC – Alternating Current
  • Amp – unit of electrical current
  • BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle
  • CCS – Combined Charging System (a type of rapid charger)
  • CHAdeMO – An abbreviation of “CHArge de MOve” (a type of rapid charger)
  • DC – Direct Current
  • EV – Electric Vehicle
  • EVSE – Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (chargers outlets and cables)
  • HEV – Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • Hybrid – A vehicle with an electric motor & batteries plus an ICE
  • ICE – Internal Combustion Engine
  • kW – kilo Watt (unit of power)
  • kWh – kilo Watt hour (unit of energy)
  • Level 1 –
  • Level 2 –
  • Level 3 –
  • PEV – Plug-in Electric Vehicle
  • PHEV – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • PV – Photovoltaic Solar Panels
  • Regenerative Braking –
  • REX – Range EXtending
  • RFID – Radio Frequency ID (tech used by many charge cards)
  • Type 1 – Charging socket (J1772)
  • Type 2 – Charging socket
  • V2G – Vehicle to Grid (sending energy from EV back to the grid)