AC (Alternating current)- Type of electric, this is same electric that your house uses comes straight out the grid. The max speed AC at public chargers is 43kw. Only the zoe can handle AC more than 22kw however any car can plug into more powerful chargers. Please note its polite to use the most powerful plug you can at a rapid and move on after 45 minutes.
BCI – Battery Charging Impossible message that can appear on dash in orange box, meaning Zoe has an issue, but not dangerous. Can sometimes be linked to a low 12v battery state or poor charger install
BEV -battery Electric vehicle
BMS- Battery management system
Canze – App based software, that uses a bluetooth dongle that connects to the OBD2 port that sits below the mat thats sit below the maps sd-card (for a Renault Zoe)
Chademo- A DC charger plug type
CCS – Combined Charging System is a DC charging type in the EU this is a type 2 plug with 2 extra pins at the bottom in the USA its a type1 plug with 2 extra’s pins
DC (Direct current) – Type of electric this is on rapids chargers with powers over 49kw typically
Dongle- A device that can be used to talk to your cards OBD
EV- Electric vehicle
FCEV Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle – See HEV
Granny charger – This is a term that refers to the Zoe’s and all other EV’S 3pin socket charger that utilises the 13amp home electric system either at home or away, useful if no home charger is fitter or for visiting people that have no chargers fitted
HEV Hydrogen Electric Vehicle is a car that uses a fuel cell this works by using hydrogen this is then used to make electric which powers an electric motor.
Hybrid- A car that require petrol or diesel to be put inside it some companies try make the public believe these are self charging however they are no more self charging than a full EV or PHEV
ICE- internal combustion engine
Ice’d- a ICE car parked in an EV charge spot
kW – stands for kilowatt. A kilowatt is simply 1,000 watts, which is a measure of power. So, for example, the 80,000 watt motor could also be called a 80 kilowatt motor. This is used for saying how fast a charger is or how fast a motor is.
kWh- A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a measure of energy. For example a 22kwh battery
LeafSpy- App based software, that uses a bluetooth dongle that connects to the OBD2 port (For Nissan Leaf)
MEV- Mild Electric Hybrid Vehicle meaning no plug TINY battery
OBD – on broad diagnostics
PHEV- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Regen- This is a form of braking however it doesn’t use any brake discs or brake pads instead a crude way of explaining it is that it uses the resistance in the electric motor to make power that goes back into the battery as energy rather than being lost as heat like typical braking.
REX- Range Extender This is an engine which is used as a generator to recharge a battery which then powers a motor to power the wheels.
SelfchargingHybrid- Toyota’s rubbish advert
SelfChargingElectric- An EV
Tesla Destination chargers- A Type2 AC plug can be used by any type2 car these are small grey box’s like home chargers
Tesla Supercharger- A VERY powerful charger for ONLY Tesla’s DC power LARGE white and red chargers
GOM – guess-o-meter indicating the estimated range based in the current charge.
SEV – Solar Electric Vehicle
SOC – state of charge, the current charge percentage
SOH – state of health, the current health of the battery pack in terms of capacity, will degrade over several years. EVSE – Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, charging equipment or charge point
Type 1- A Japanese plug type found on early Nissan Leafs or in the USA
Type 2- EU standard plug size and now fitted on all EV’s