The following policy statements have been adopted by the association:
1. Defined Terms
EV means an Electric Vehicle; more specifically a vehicle designed to and capable of being propelled by electric power stored internally in a battery (or similar device) which is charged from an external electrical source. Note: for the purposes of this association this includes PHEVs but not HEVs.
BEV means Battery Electric Vehicle; more specifically a vehicle which qualifies as an EV (as defined above) and which has no other form of propulsion.
PHEV means Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle; more specifically a vehicle which qualifies as an EV (as defined above) but can also be propelled wholly or partly by a non-electric engine of some form, either directly (i.e. mechanical drive) or indirectly (i.e. by generating electricity for the electric drive). Note: for the purpose of this association the definition of PHEV also includes extended-range EVs.
HEV means Hybrid Electric Vehicle; more specifically a vehicle which meets all the criteria for a PHEV (as defined above) except that the internal power store cannot normally be charged from an electrical source. Note: for the purposes of this association HEVs do not count as EVs.
ICE means Internal Combustion Engine; this term may also be used to refer to vehicles powered by Internal Combustion Engines.
2 Statement Regarding Different Classes of EV
The association believes that in the near future BEVs should be able to satisfy all transport requirements currently achieved in the UK using ICE-powered cars and small vans. The association will work to bring about this situation in ways that benefit current and future EV owners and drivers. At the moment PHEV technology is already capable of satisfying the vast majority of these transport requirements, so the association will concentrate primarily on the aim of allowing BEVs to reach the same level of utility. As a consequence, although the association regards PHEVs as EVs and will work for the benefit of PHEV drivers, where there is a conflict of interests between BEV driver needs and PHEV driver needs the association will favour the BEVs.