What is the difference between an all-electric, a plug-in hybrid, and a hybrid car?
All three of these types of vehicles use electricity in some way, but they are not the same.
An electric vehicle uses an electric motor 100% of the time, and uses only batteries for energy. These cars have an electric plug and no gas tank.
A plug-in hybrid vehicle has an electric motor and a gas motor. It uses electricity until the batteries are depleted, and then uses gasoline to extend its range. These cars have a plug and a gas tank.
A hybrid vehicle has a gas motor with an electric assist. It uses gas to drive, with help from the electric motor to improve its power and fuel efficiency. These cars have a gas tank but no plug.