Electric Powertrains in Meridian, MS

Everything You Need to Know About EV Powertrains

If you’re in the market for an electric vehicle (EV) but unsure which one best meets your needs, our comprehensive guide to EV powertrains can help. We can help you determine the difference between a PHEV and a BEV so you can confidently find a vehicle that fits what you’re looking for and more. Visit the Hyundai of Meridian dealership in Meridian, MS, and explore our extensive range of electric powertrain options.

Basic EV Terms

Before you take home an EV, you first need to understand a few EV phrases and terms.

  • Regenerative Braking: This system collects energy that would have been lost when braking or going downhill and uses it to partially charge the battery.
  • Battery: EV batteries are larger and more advanced than traditional vehicle batteries. They power the motor of an EV. The amount of energy an EV battery stores varies and affects how long it takes to recharge and how far an EV can travel on a single charge.
  • Lifespan: A vehicle's lifespan does not mean that when the estimated timeframe is reached, the vehicle will quit working. It just infers that when the estimated lifespan of viability is met, the vehicle’s battery will begin to deteriorate along with the EV’s range. Hyundai has a warranty that covers the EV batteries for eight years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.

EV Types

There are three main types of EVs:

  • Hybrid (HEV): A hybrid vehicle uses its regenerative braking system to recharge the battery, and its powertrain combines an electric engine, battery, and motor. An HEV helps reduce fuel consumption without requiring a charging station or changing your driving habits.
  • Electric (BEV): Vehicles like the KONA Electric are battery electric vehicles (BEVs) equipped with a battery pack and one or more motors. BEVs are known for producing zero tailpipe emissions and Hyundai models have a range of 200 to over 300 miles.
  • Plug-in Hybrid: With PHEVs like the Santa Fe Plug-in, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by seamlessly switching between electric and gasoline-powered driving modes as per your needs. These vehicles typically offer an electric range of 30 to 40 miles, and when the battery runs out, the gasoline engine takes over automatically.

4 Questions to Determine Which EV Type Is Right for You

  1. How far do you drive on a regular basis? If you enjoy long road trips frequently, a BEV might not be your ideal choice. This is particularly true if you travel through regions where charging stations are scarce. You can instead opt for a Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid model, which offers greater flexibility. PHEVs will give you the best of both worlds - enjoy gas and emissions-free trips to the grocery store or work during the week, and switch to standard gasoline for long road trips.
  2. How much do you need to save on energy costs? You can’t go wrong with any of these three EV types as they all offer affordable fuel efficiency options compared to gas-only vehicles.
  3. Do you have access to charging stations? The amount of charging stations available in your area or on your daily commute can impact the type of EV you choose.
  4. How important is environmental friendliness to you? By choosing an EV, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. This eco-friendly option is the best way to ensure you are doing your part for the environment.

Are you unsure which electrified vehicle option would be the best fit for your lifestyle? Don't worry, just pay a visit to the Hyundai of Meridian dealership. We will assist you in making the right decision and help you find a vehicle that meets all your needs.

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