There are three main types of electric vehicles: pure electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid. Collectively these vehicles are known as Ultra Low Emission Vehicles or ULEVs.
Types of electric vehicle
Pure-electric vehicles use energy stored in rechargeable battery packs to drive the vehicle.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles mix an internal combustion engine with battery technology, which usually provides pure-electric capability of around 30 miles.
Hybrid vehicles use an internal combustion engine to power a generator, which in turn charges the battery internally without plug-in capability.
Public charge points
The electric vehicle (EV) publicly-accessible charge point network in Northern Ireland is operated on a commercial basis, with the majority of charge points owned by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB).
Other charge point operators, including Easygo and Weev, now also provide publicly-accessible charge points in NI.
Electric bikes, known as electrically-assisted pedal cycles (EPACs), have a small motor as well as ‘pedal power’.
You can find more information about them on the Electric bikes page.