Why to Some Extent Are Electric Vehicles Equivalent to New-Energy Vehicles?

Things you might want to know about new-energy vehicles (NEV) and electric vehicles (EV)


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New-energy vehicles refer to vehicles that use unconventional vehicle fuel as a power source, or use conventional vehicle fuel but with a new on-board power plant.

New-energy vehicles include four types:

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV);

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs, including solar vehicles);

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs);

Other new-energy vehicles (including mechanical energy vehicles, such as super capacitors, flywheels, compressed air and other high-efficiency energy storage devices) and unconventional vehicle fuel vehicles (the unconventional vehicle fuel refers to fuels other than gasoline and diesel, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, ethanol gasoline, methanol, dimethyl ether, etc.). 

Obviously, almost all the electric vehicles that are gradually occupying the automobile market nowadays are included in the category of new-energy vehicles. The difference is that not all new-energy vehicles are electric ones. Then let’s take a closer look at the definition and main types of electric vehicles.

An electric vehicle refers to a vehicle powered by a vehicle-mounted power supply, driven by a motor to drive the wheels, and conforming to the requirements of road traffic and safety regulations. Electric vehicles consist of three main categories: battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

That’s right, clearly, the main new-energy vehicles are almost all electric vehicles, while other new-energy vehicles constitute only a few (which is probably because it’s difficult to achieve mass production). That is to say, almost all new-energy vehicles that can enter our daily life are electric vehicles, so it is not surprising that people would mistakenly use these two phrases as the same meaning.

Here we can further analyze and understand the concept of “new energy” in the phrase of “new-energy vehicles”. “New energy” does not mean that the energy itself is new, but that the way energy is used is new. For example, solar energy has been around since the formation of the sun (possibly even before). Therefore, solar energy has a history of billions of years; it is a very old energy source, and it is definitely not “new”. What is new is the way of energy utilization, such as using solar energy to generate electricity, and that’s why solar vehicles are classified as new-energy vehicles.

Meanwhile, the principle of a solar car is to convert solar energy into electric energy through technical means, use electric energy as a power source, and drive the car through an electric motor, which then makes the solar cars a kind of electric vehicles.

The wave of electric vehicles that is sweeping the world today can be said to be rooted in the fact that countries around the world hope to get rid of excessive dependence on oil resources and turn to energy diversification. At the same time, the future prospects of turning to electrification can indeed protect the environment. Then why not do it? Although the realization of zero-emission electric vehicles still depends on continuous breakthroughs in battery technology, the development trend that electric vehicles will replace fuel vehicles will not stop.

More importantly, it is not a situation where ordinary consumers can decide what car to buy for themselves. The governments’ various electric vehicle subsidy policies, restrictions on the purchase of fuel vehicles, license plate restrictions, and the fact that major automakers are turning to electric vehicles, have more or less passively forced consumers on the road to electrification.

Based on this, the improvement of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is truly impending! Fortunately, as time progresses, things are moving in a good direction. In addition to charging at public charging piles (sometimes drivers may be required to carry charging cables, such as our WS00 series charging cables), the most cost-effective way for electric vehicle drivers is to have their own dedicated charging station. For example, our WB20 series EV charging station is a good choice.

It is hoped that more types of new-energy vehicles can break through the limitations and be put into mass production, not just electric vehicles.

Post time: Dec-02-2022

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