Electric Vehicles

Alternative fuel and electric vehicles, or “EV’s” are gaining momentum in the marketplace and many Americans are making the switch from their typical gas powered car to fully electric or hybrid vehicles. Making the jump from a typical gas powered vehicle to an electric vehicle can seem like a daunting task because of all the different types of EV, and all the new questions that come with one. But there’s no need to worry, because you can get an affordable pre-owned EV that’s perfect for you at Bill Luke Santan, and our team is here to help you choose the one that’s perfect for your lifestyle in Santan. Read below to learn what you need to know to find out which of the different types of EV is right for you.


There are three different types of EV: Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV).


Battery Electric Vehicles are fully electric vehicles with rechargeable batteries and no gasoline engine. BEVs store electricity onboard with high-capacity battery packs. Their battery power is used to run the electric motor and all onboard electronics. In a BEV, it’s important to understand its range, which is the number of miles you can drive on a single charge before the battery depletes and needs to be recharged.


Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles contain both a battery-powered electric motor and an internal combustion engine. PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and plugging into an external source of electrical power. In a PHEV, you can drive a certain number of miles on full-electric power (known as the range) before switching to gas power.


Hybrid Electric Vehicles or HEVs are powered by both gasoline and electricity. The electric energy is generated by the car’s own braking system to recharge the battery. This is called regenerative braking, a process where the electric motor helps to slow the vehicle and uses some of the energy normally converted to heat by the brakes. HEVs have two motors, one for gasoline and an electric motor. HEVs switch between the two motors, giving the best fuel economy, but unlike a PHEV, you cannot drive on full-electric power in an HEV.


EV charging varies from model to model but most will easily cover the average daily commute and other trips on a single charge. A pre-owned EV like the Nissan Leaf can last anywhere from 150 miles all the way up to 300+ miles in modern EVs from Tesla, BMW, and more, all on a single charge. There are 3 different levels of charging systems for electric vehicles, 1 being the slowest and 3 being the fastest. Level 1 chargers use a standard household 120-volt outlet and they take around 8 hours to charge for 75-80 miles of range. Level 2 chargers take around 4 hours and level 3 take around 20 minutes for the same range.


In addition to saving money and helping the environment, with an electric vehicle, you become eligible for the Alternative Fuel and Energy Efficient issued license plates. The great thing about these license plates is that they allow drivers to use the HOV lane at any time, even with no passengers In the car. This plate could be very useful for that daily commute to and from the office. The state of Arizona only offers 10,000 energy efficient license plates and they have all been claimed. However, there are still alternative fuel plates available. To qualify for an alternative fuel license plate you must own a fully electric vehicle (BEV), in other words, your vehicle must be powered only by an alternative fuel. Arizona statute defines an alternative fuel as one of the following:

  • Electric
  • Natural gas / CNG or LPG
  • Hydrogen
  • Blend of 70 percent alternative fuel, 30 percent gasoline (unavailable in Arizona)
  • Solar


There are lots of different types of EV, and once you’ve found the one that’s right for you, you’ll find affordable pre-owned models available at Bill Luke Santan! Whether you’re ready to go all in on a Battery Electric Vehicle or you think it’s best to slowly enter the segment in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, we’ll help you find something that matches your driving needs and your budget. Browse our large pre-owned vehicle inventory online to get started, then visit us near Chandler to learn about financing options. If you have any questions for us in the meantime, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help! Our team is here to put you in a pre-owned EV near Santan that checks all your boxes and makes you feel ready to pursue electric driving.