BEV: battery electric vehicle.
CCS: “Combined Charging System”, also known as “SAE Combo”, or just “Combo”. One of two widely used standards for DC fast charger connectors. See also CHAdeMO.
CHAdeMO: one of the two widely used standards for DC fast charger connectors. See also CCS.
Compliance car: an electric car built to help a manufacturer comply with US fleet mileage standard; usually not widely available.
DC fast charger: an electric car charger that can charge at level 3.
Destination charger: a level 2 charger located at a place where people are likely to spend a large block of time and thus can afford the time required to charge fully at a slow rate.
EV: an electric vehicle.
GOM: Short for “Guess-O-Meter”.
Guess-O-Meter. The nickname given to the gauge showing remaining range. .
ICE – an internal combustion engine. Also, a car driven by an internal combustion engine.
Iced – blocked from using a charger by a gasoline-powered car parked in the charger’s parking space.
J1772: The standard connector for electric car chargers at level 1 and level 2.
Level 1: charging at 110-120 volts.
Level 2: charging at 220-240 volts.
Level 3: charging at 400 volts or higher.
PHEV: plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Range: the distance an electric car can travel on the remaining charge in the battery. Strongly affected by terrain, weather, driving style, etc. See also Guess-O-Meter.
Regen: regeneration. Putting electricity back into the battery from forward motion of the vehicle while slowing for stop signs or descending steep hills.
Regen braking: slowing a car by transforming forward motion into electricity, which is then stored in the battery.
SAE Combo: see CCS. “SAE” stands for “Society of Automotive Engineers”, the body that sets standards relating to automotive design in America.
Supercharger: A proprietary level 3 charger used only by Teslas.