All Tesla’s are fully electric vehicles (EV’s). They are only powered by electricity and do not have an internal combustion engine.
EV’s are not to be confused with:
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs). These cars are powered by both petrol and electricity. They cannot be plugged in to charge. The electric motor is only used for low-speed acceleration.
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). These cars also combine an electric and petrol engine, but you can plug them into an outlet. Usually the battery is large enough for 10-50 miles of electric-only driving.
We can also differentiate Tesla’s by their body type:
- Model S: liftback
- Model X: sport utility vehicle (SUV)
- Model 3: four-door sedan
- Model Y: crossover utility vehicle (CUV)