Yes, there is a number of different types of Electric Vehicle and this generally depends on the size of the battery included in the vehicle. There are three main types of electric vehicles:
Battery Electric Vehicles
Compared to an internal combustion engine vehicle powered by petrol or diesel, BEVs have approximately 99% fewer moving parts that need maintenance. They use rechargeable batteries which can be charged at home or using public charging infrastructure to provide range of up to 500km depending on the model. BEVs create little noise, do not contain an exhaust, spark plugs, clutch or gears. Charging can take between 30 minutes and 12 hours depending on the charger speed and the battery size
Plug in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV)
PHEVs offer a mixture of both battery and petrol/diesel power. Drivers can use the electric power for shorter distance journeys and switch to petrol or diesel power for longer trips. These vehicles require both charging and refuelling with traditional fossil fuels. PHEVs have a smaller battery pack than BEVs
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)
HEVs are powered by an internal combustion engine in combination with one or more electric motors that use energy stored in batteries. The extra power provided by the electric motor may allow for a smaller combustion engine. The battery motor will power the vehicle for speeds of up to 20 miles per hour at which point the combustion engine will take over. A hybrid cannot be plugged in to an external power source and does not require recharging, instead using regenerative braking and the internal combustion engine to charge.