LeftieBiker wrote:I try not to get too upset by car manufacturers acting like con men, because too many of them are doing it. If you can't invent a better term, Sagebrush, then try to stay clam when you read "electrified."
hybrid -- HEV
plug-in hybrid -- PHEV
These are very different groups and my objection is to treating them as one.
You've just shown how to treat them differently by adding an appropriate prefix, going from the general to the specific, so what's the problem? These are all EVs, and when you need to be more specific, you add a prefix, just as you've done. Oh, and let's not forget FCEV, and when we need to be even more specific, we can add more prefixes or adjectives and speak of "mild" hybrids (just seen 'MHEV' used for the first time), "range-extended", PHFCEVs and so on, but they all remain EVs.