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kiloWatt-hour (kWh)

What is meant by kWh in an electric car?

KiloWatts per hour (kWh) is the measurement of energy that an electric vehicle can store in its batteries. 

As a guide, the Nissan Leaf – the most popular electric car in the UK – has a 40kWh battery, and users report getting anywhere between 5 to 8 kilometres per kWh charge.

Related Jargon

How does an electric vehicle work?

An electric car, also known as a battery electric vehicle or EV, uses one or more electric motors to move the vehicle.

What is a battery electric vehicle?

A battery electric vehicle (BEV) uses the electrical energy from rechargeable batteries to power an electric motor (or motors).

What is a plug-in hybrid car?

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a vehicle that has a slightly larger battery than a regular hybrid, so it travels further just using electricity.

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