Aredwood: Dodgy car dealers. I had a look through the EVs on Trade me. And there were 9 cars listed as EVs (fuel type specified as electric). That were not an EV.
2 of them were just normal petrol cars While the rest were hybrids. My definition of an electric car is that it has a charging port for a traction battery. Making it possible to drive the car without needing any hydrocarbon fuels. Therefore cars like the Toyota aqua or Nissan Note Epower are not electric cars. As the only energy source that you can provide to them is petrol.
There is also a well known EV dealer who is advertising the Note Epower as zero emission. In Other words that dealer is claiming that a petrol engine in a car that can only be fuelled by petrol, is supposedly zero emissions.
And car dealers wounder why the public always considers them to be dodgy.
I have reported all of them to Trade me. One got removed almost immediately, so far the rest of them are still listed.
With regard to the Nissan Note e-Power, there is a separate thread about this vehicle here:
As explained in the above thread, the Nissan Note e-Power runs solely on an electric engine, and the petrol engine is used only to charge the battery. So, I can understand why a dealer may classify this as an EV because it is completely different to a vehicle that can't run 100% of the time using an electric motor.
So, yes, it all comes down to how you define an electric vehicle and I could come up with a definition that says an electric vehicle is one that can be driven 100% of the time using an electric motor, in which case, the Nissan Note e-Power would be correctly classified as an EV and so would the Nissan Leaf.