As far as I know, PML has never used the "REEV" terminology. They call their Mini QED a hybrid.
If GM want to call the Volt a REEV, you can argue it's their product and they can call it what they want -- even if it's vague and possibly misleading.
If Tesla want to develop WhiteStar as a "REEV", you can argue it's their product and they can call it what they want -- even if it's vague and possibly misleading.
But that doesn't mean we have to apply their marketing spin to products from other companies.
With GM & Tesla both using the REEV term, why not start applying it to all series hybrids with an eMotor that can create more HP than the ICE? Some articles about the PML mini refer to the ICE as the "range extender".
I resisted the term for a while, but with Elon, and Darryl pushing it so hard, why fight it?
I think Ferdinand Porsche called it a range extender on his Lohner-Porsche. That would have to be the earliest precedence (1899).
It's probably most correct to just use whatever term the vehicle maker uses, although that's also the most confusing, especially if you're referencing another article which might use a different term.
Maybe we should just call it a "Lohner". I like that, although probably no one else does.
Because it's disingenuous to say any car with an ICE that assists an Electric motor is merely “range extending” without clarifying that "extending" is air polluting and increasing our dependence on foreign oil.
ICE, HEV, PHEV, BEV, FCEV, and PZEV, are just some of the terms listed in CARB's glossary. See page 13, and 14 here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/zevprog/zevreview/zev_panel_report.pdf The government is confusing the automobile drive system terminology enough (with the new SULEV term and the two terms BEV and ZEV), why should we/they allow every manufacturer with a fertile marketing Dept. mire the landscape even more with made up naming standards?
The truth is; REEV the acronym for "Range Extended Electric Vehicle" is purposely vague term from auto making PR hacks to mislead the Joe or Jane public who at some point ask “What does REEV stand for”? and hears an answer that is not immediately clear that the car will continue to spew smog into the air.
With this new deceptive moniker what would prevent a maker from building a REEV that runs 2 miles in EV mode and 400 miles in RE mode and just call it “extending” ?
The world loves to be deceived.
Because there are tons of crazy people in this world...
Wikipedia is trying but they don't mention "range extended" as a type of hybrid (yet).
Between series, parallel, or combined... Single mode, two-mode and dual-mode... Mild, full, power-assist... The terms are already confusing and are being mis-applied all over the place.
I think it is important to note the following when comparing systems:
* ICE motor max HP
* eMotor max HP
* Battery size (KWH)
The rest of the details (how they are interconnected, transmissions, etc.) are somewhat incidental compared to those keys attributes.
That some of the electricity comes from a gasoline-powered generator was unimportant, in his view. But it's important to me, which is why I keep on arguing about this.
May I suggest another word. EDT and GDT for Electric or Gasoline Drive Train.
As such the Volt would be a EDT+RE, the Roadster would be EDT, the Prius would be a GDT80%/EDT20% etc.
My idea any way is that what kind of drivetrain you've got IS important, as that gives you a specific torque profile, a basic efficiency and other important parameters.
Though I do see that this is going to be really really messy marketing battle in the years to come...
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