This is a vehicle that has a battery, electric drive motor and an internal combustion engine (ICE). It can be driven using the ICE, the electric drive motor, or both, and can be recharged from an external power source.
Typical PHEVs will have a pure-electric range of up to 50 miles. Once the electric battery is depleted, journeys can continue in hybrid mode, meaning that there is no range limitation.
PHEVs are only efficient if they are charged regularly, otherwise they can be more expensive to run than a conventional petrol or diesel vehicle.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW 330e and VW Golf GTE are all examples of PHEVs.