Getting to know the EVs, which is the right one for you?

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President Jokowi visited the GIIAS auto show at ICE, BSD City
President Jokowi visited the GIIAS auto show at ICE, BSD City, Tangerang, Banten, Wednesday (17/11/2021) (Source: Presidential Secretariat/Lukas)

Jakarta, IO – Electric vehicles have recently become a trend. This is not without reason as they are claimed to be very environmentally friendly.

Recently, President Joko Widodo issued Presidential Instruction (Inpres) 7/2022 on the use of battery electric vehicles as official operational vehicles. It was signed on Tuesday (13/9).

If you are considering buying an electric car, it’s good to know that there are different types of electric vehicles. Classified into four types, electric cars have different mechanisms which can be selected according to your personal needs.

Electric cars are broadly divided into several types, namely Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), Kontan reported on Wednesday (21/9).

  1. Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

BEVs use electricity completely as a source of propulsion. They don’t have a combustion system or traction motor. The propulsion power is stored in a battery which can be recharged by connecting it to an external power line. Electric cars with BEV technology have the advantage of being able to store power when braking or slowing down by using electrical components that function as generators to generate power and store electricity in the battery. Compared to electric cars with HEV or PHEV technology, BEVs are claimed to be more efficient and economical. Some renowned brands in this category are Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf and Wuling Air EV.