Electric Vehicles (EV) use a battery to store the electric energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle in to an electric power source. All-electric vehicles run on electricity only.
Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are powered by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The vehicle can be plugged in to an electric power source to charge the battery. Some can travel nearly 100 miles on electricity, and all can operate solely on gasoline.