If you’re going to consider buying an electric vehicle, chances are good that you’d like to know a little bit more about how it works. It’s not just enough to see them on a test drive, or to walk around the car lot a few times. What you will need to do is look at how they work, how efficient they are, and whether or not they’re going to fit your lifestyle.
For example, if you live in a really small town where there aren’t charging stations or anywhere for you to plug in your vehicle, things can get pretty complicated. It would actually make a lot more sense to buy a traditional car if you had nowhere to keep the electric vehicle running. Yet if you have plenty of charging stations and other ways to plug in your vehicle at night, you’ll be more empowered to purchase an electric vehicle. Ultimately, we envision that the entire nation will have electric vehicles running wild everywhere, but that’s still a long ways off. Even though prices for electric vehicles aren’t what they used to be, they can still be expensive compared to the alternative.
So, how do they work? Let’s go into that now.
Simply put, the electric vehicle is powered by rechargeable batteries that power the car. When we say “power the car”, we don’t just mean getting you from your house to the grocery store. We mean that you also have to consider the radio, the lights, wipers, and more. If you put an electric car next to a traditional car, you wouldn’t be able to just automatically spot the difference. But if you were to look at the internals, you’d see some differences. For starters, the electric vehicle has no gas tank of any kind. The ones that have gas tanks aren’t true electric vehicles, but hybrids designed to give you the best of both worlds. (more…)