5 Commonly Used Vehicle Acronyms

Just clearing up a bit of confusion here. This short list from the US DOE:

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the List

All-Electric Vehicle (AEV)

A vehicle with plug-in capability; driving energy comes entirely from its battery.

 

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

A vehicle with plug-in capability; driving energy can come from either its battery or a liquid fuel like gasoline, diesel, or biofuels.

 

Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV)

Any vehicle with plug-in capability. This includes AEVs and PHEVs.

 

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

A vehicle that has an electric drive system and battery but does not have plug-in capability; driving energy comes only from liquid fuel.

 

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicle

A vehicle for which driving energy comes only from liquid fuel.