How Does EV Charging Work?
The majority of vehicles sold today continue to use a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE), and whether you drive an ICE-equipped or hybrid vehicle, refueling an empty tank with gasoline or diesel takes a matter of minutes.
During the past decade, an influx of battery electric vehicles (BEV) have entered the market, and these vehicles require a different kind of fill-up. Electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) tap into the electric grid for power, and a socket-to-outlet connection is how you recharge (or “refuel”) the vehicle. Full EVs rely solely on this electricity as a power source. The PHEVs also have an ICE that can provide power.
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are also BEVs but you never plug them in. Instead, they convert hydrogen fuel into electricity that powers their electric motors through battery packs. You refuel an FCEV at a pump that operates similar to those at a traditional gasoline or diesel station.