Everything You Need to Know About Electric Cars (Before You Buy One)

Electric cars are the future of transportation. Government bodies around the world are changing their regulations to support the adoption of low emission vehicles. These cars are older than you realize;  they were patented long before the combustion engine. The only issue is they never were successful.

Things are different now. If you are interested in buying an electric car, consider the following:

How Do They Work?

An electric car uses onboard batteries instead of a fuel tank. These batteries are charged with electricity which is stored and used as the energy to power the electric motor. The motor power-ups the drivetrain without exhaust or gearbox. These qualities make electric vehicles quiet, smooth and environmentally friendly.



When the battery is fully charged, it can cover more than 400 km before running out of juice. Yes, gasoline can get you far, but the electric car can suffice your daily needs.  According to a recent survey, 94% of car journeys are within 25 miles while 56% of them are less than five miles.

Different Types of Electric Cars

There are three types of electric vehicles, in the following we explain them all:

Conventional Hybrid: These cars can run on both gasoline and electricity. They have a primary gasoline engine with a second electric engine. The driver can use the battery for a while before switching to gasoline. These batteries are recharged with vehicle brakes; there is no plug-in socket.

Plug-in Hybrids: These also feature petrol and electric motors but can be plugged into a wall socket to be charged. The battery can cover a short distance.

Battery: These run on electricity alone; most brands have introduced their variation of a battery electric vehicle. If you are interested in buying one, search the internet.



How to Charge it?

These cars charge more or less like our cell phones using electricity. You can use a wall socket or a dedicated charging point. Just plug the car in and leave it to charge.

The speed of charging depends on your car and your current power supply. Currently, there are three charging speeds, slow which can take up to 5 hours, fast which can take an hour or two, and rapid charging which charges your vehicle within the hour.

Benefits

If you are interested in buying an electric car, but can’t make up your mind, let us help you. These cars are inexpensive and can help you save money on fuel. But that’s not their strongest selling point. Electric cars are environmentally friendly. They emit zero carbon dioxide and cut down your carbon footprint.



These cars are efficient, as 90% of the energy produced is used in motion. Remember, gasoline engines only use 30% of energy as motion.  Most of it is lost as heat or noise.

Current Market and Future

We are at the brink of entering a new car age with electric vehicles. We are currently developing the infrastructure to support them. There are many strategies to cut their manufacturing costs, improve the charging speed and increase their battery range.  We expect to see many breakthroughs shortly.