BEV vs. PHEV: Which is Right for You?

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The Mercedes-Benz lineup includes a wide range of electrified vehicles, from conventional hybrids to fully electric vehicles and everything in between. The pace of innovation in the hybrid/EV segment is brisker than ever, and buyers want to know more about their options.



What is a PHEV? What is a BEV, and is it different from an EV? That’s a lot of brand-new acronyms to go along with the next-generation powertrains under the hoods of these vehicles. We’ll start with the basics:

  • PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. These use a gas engine and an electric battery, each of which can operate independently.
  • BEV stands for battery electric vehicle. These are vehicles that run on 100% electric battery power—and yes, a BEV is the same thing an EV (or electric vehicle).

So, which kind of fuel-efficient vehicle is right for you? In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of a fully electric vehicle, what a PHEV is designed to do, and how to choose the right one for your lifestyle in Ballantyne.

What is a PHEV?

A PHEV, or plug-in electric vehicle, is incredibly versatile because it can be driven in three ways: on gas power alone, on electric power alone, or with both together. The electric charging network is growing fast, but if you live in an area that still has relatively few, a PHEV could offer the peace of mind you’re looking for. If you’re driving a PHEV on electric power and the battery is running low, the gas engine kicks in automatically.

What is a BEV?

So, what’s the difference when you compare BEV vs. PHEV vehicles? Let’s start with what they have in common: both PHEVs and BEVs must be plugged in and charged in order to run on electric battery power. (That’s distinct from conventional hybrids, which use a smaller battery that self-charges via the engine, but are less fuel-efficient than either PHEVs or BEVs.)

What is a BEV going to be able to do that a PHEV can’t? Electric cars offer a range of benefits:

  • Complete elimination of hazardous emissions
  • Without an engine, there’s no need for oil changes and many other auto services
  • Your drives around Waxhaw will be quieter and more relaxing with the noise of an engine
  • Federal tax credits are available for many BEV models

Compare PHEV vs. BEV Vehicles With Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte

Stop by our Pineville dealership and continue your BEV vs. PHEV comparison with a test drive! While you’re here, our team can answer any questions you may have about Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles like the EQS, finding charging stations near you in the Fort Mill, SC, and more.


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