(Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) PHOENIX - As gas prices rose across the country in 2022 amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, more people began to show interest in electric cars as an answer to higher gas prices.According to the website MarketWatch, searches for new and used EVs jumped 112% from Feb. 24 to March 8, 2022 on cars.com, at around the same time as the Russian invasion began. Here's what you should know about electric cars, as well as some of the terms that are unique to this category of cars.According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, which is part of the U.S.
Department of Energy, EVs, also referred to as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), are cars that have an electric motor instead of the internal combustion engine that powers many of the cars that are currently on the road."The vehicle uses a large traction battery pack to power the electric motor," a part of the description reads.An EV is different from a Plug-In hybrid in that while both have batteries to power the motor, a plug-in hybrid also has an internal combustion engine to power the car."The vehicle typically runs on electric power until the battery is nearly depleted, and then the car automatically switches over to use the ICE," a part of the description for plug-in hybrids read.Hybrids, meanwhile, are more similar to the traditional car, while featuring a battery that can, in some models, power the car for short distances on electricity alone.It probably goes without saying, but your neighborhood gas station will be of no use to an electric car.An electric car needs a special type of fueling station to power it back up. The good news is if a person has right equipment, they can charge a car at
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