Understanding the different names for hybrid and electric vehicles

June 26, 2023

As more hybrid and electric vehicles appear on OEM sales and service information sites, it can be difficult to determine what type of vehicle it is. This is partly because there are so many names and terms used for the different powertrains out there. Despite all the different names, most people refer to all of these vehicles simply as an electric vehicle (EV).

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the term electric vehicle refers to a vehicle that operates with a battery only, and without the addition of gasoline or other types of fuel.

All hybrid, fuel cell, and electric vehicles are high-voltage (HV), meaning they have an electrical system that is 60-volt DC (30-volt AC) and higher.

Keep in mind that no matter what the vehicle is called, there are important safety procedures that should be researched and followed, as there are different vehicle-specific procedures necessary to help ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair. Learn best practices when it comes to electric and hybrid vehicle safety procedures with I-CAR Canada courses.


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