A range-extended vehicle is a battery electric vehicle that runs on electricity but includes an auxiliary power unit known as a ‘range extender’. The range extender (usually a small petrol engine) drives an electric generator which charges a battery that supplies the vehicle’s electric motor rather than driving the wheels. This allows for an increased range from the vehicle.
Range-extended vehicles reduce emissions because they can be operated in zero emission mode for around 50 to 100 miles, before the range extender engine is used.
There are currently no range-extended electric cars on sale in the UK, but taxis are available, and vans and trucks with this technology will soon be coming to market.
Most range-extended electric vehicles cost between £30,000 and £100,000, depending on the make and model selected.