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Common Abbreviations & Acronyms in the EV world

By Ryan Bohm
December 7, 2009

In the automotive world, there are quite a few abbreviations used. The Electric Vehicle arena adds several new ones. I felt like a consolidated list would be helpful for quick reference.
  • AC = Air Conditioning
  • AGM = Absorbed Glass Mat
  • AC = Alternating Current
  • BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle
  • BLDC = Brushless DC (motor)
  • CARB = California Air Research Board
  • DC = Direct Current
  • DoD = Depth of Discharge
  • EV = Electric Vehicle
  • FCEV = Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
  • ICE = Internal Combustion Engine
  • IGBT = Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor
  • LDV = Light Duty Vehicle
  • LION = Lithium Ion
  • NEV = Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
  • NiCd = Nickel Cadmium
  • NiMH = Nickel Metal Hydride
  • NiZn = Nickel Zinc
  • OCV = Open Circuit Voltage
  • PbA = Lead Acid
  • Pm = Permanent Magnet
  • PWM = Pulse Width Modulated
  • PV = Photovoltaic
  • regen = Regenerative
  • SCR = Silicon-Controlled Rectifier
  • SLA = Sealed Lead Acid
  • SLI = Starting, Lighting, Ignition
  • SVR = Sealed Valve Regulated
  • ULEV = Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
  • Voc = Voltage Open Circuit
  • VRLA = Valve Regulated Lead Acid
  • Wh = Watt Hour
  • ZEV = Zero Emmission Vehicle
If you can think of any that aren't listed, let me know!

Updated December 7, 2009

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