Electric cars: the jargon explained

Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars, but were afraid to ask…

Electric and hybrid vehicles are more popular than ever, and although it’s still a niche market, more than 500,000 such cars have been sold in the UK.

Sales have picked up dramatically this year, with more than 114,000 alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) registered up to the end of September – up 21.7% on the same period last year.

But with the proliferation of these cars, so too has come a whole range of terms surrounding them. Here, we explain them in plain English.

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