LaFontaine Buick GMC Highland Discusses Common EV Terms and Terminology

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With electric cars growing more popular with car shoppers every day, it’s a good time to share with our customers some common electric vehicle (EV) terms and terminology. Current EV owners and potential buyers alike should find this glossary handy.

Charging Points

These are locations where an EV can be charged. Charging points can be at home, at work, and in designated parking spots in public spaces. The fastest chargers are located along highways to support long-distance travel. In fact, these fast chargers can fully charge a standard EV in about 40 minutes.


If you see the acronym ‘HEV’ at LaFontaine Buick GMC Highland, it stands for ‘hybrid electric vehicle’. These are cars that combine a small electric motor/battery with an internal combustion engine, increasing the car’s fuel efficiency without going full electric. Since the engine charges the battery, there’s no need to plug in an HEV.

Lithium-ion Battery

This is the standard battery used to power EVs, as well as smartphones and laptops. An EV’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack should last around 8 to 10 years at 100 percent efficiency before replacement at our local Buick service center.

Range Anxiety

Even though the EV industry is growing by leaps and bounds, the support infrastructure hasn’t yet reached the same scale as the one for traditional gas-powered cars. For some EV drivers, this can cause range anxiety – a concern that the EV will run out of battery power before the destination (or a charging station) is reached.

Regenerative Braking

In a battery-powered vehicle, regenerative braking is when the otherwise wasted kinetic energy produced during braking is harvested and stored inside the battery. This energy can then be used as power. This helps EVs become even more efficient, which is the biggest reason why more and more customers are choosing EVs for their GMC financing.

Buy an EV Today

Now that you’re up to speed on the most common terms associated with electric vehicles, why not take the next step and buy one? You’ll find a big selection at our local GMC dealership, so stop in today for a full walkthrough and test drive.