What is an electric car?

An electric car – sometimes referred to as an EV (electric vehicle) or BEV (battery electric vehicle) – stores energy in rechargeable batteries, and uses those batteries to power one or more electric motors. The battery is charged using an external charger through a charging port, and also via a process called regenerative braking. Because EVs run on electricity, no gasoline is required, and they produce no tailpipe emissions. They also have fewer moving parts than gasoline vehicles, making them less complicated and, over time, less expensive to maintain.