Let’s Eliminate The Barriers Between You And The Opinion On Buying An Electric Car.
Many people around the world are interested in electric cars for different reasons. Some believe that EV is more environment-friendly, while some are more into their efficiency and power, on the other hand, there are some people on different countries who are interested in EV just because of expensive oil prices.
Whatever reason you are interested in, you might be skeptical about this brand new technology and asking Google a number of questions including weird ones like ‘can I convert an electric car to gasoline?’
So, I made a quick search over the net and found out some statistics that people search the most about electric cars. Here are most frequently asked questions and their answers about electric cars.
Are Electric Cars Green And Better For The Environment?
Absolutely yes. An electric car produces way fewer emissions than average modern gasoline cars. Depending on how the electricity is generated, this level may decrease even more. There are millions of motorcycles, cars, trucks and other vehicles all around the world running consistently 7/24. Just imagine for a moment that you replaced every single of them with electric motors. The earth would start getting cleaner right in the following minute.
Are Electric Cars Better Than Combustion Cars?
What do you mean by ‘better’? If you’re talking about the efficiency, power, speed, and economy, yes! Most of the EV today are performing much better than average combustion cars. But remember, this is just a new technology spreading all around, and there is still a long way we need to run. So, in the near future, EV technology will be way better than traditional cars if those giant oil companies don’t impede.
Are Electric Cars Worth It?
Calculating with current average gas prices, which is ~$2.60, it costs around $0.12/mile with a 22MPG combustion engined vehicle, while it costs around $0.04/mile with an average electric car. So regarding fuel economy, EVs are 3 times better than a standard car. Moreover, electric cars are quieter because of their electric motors and faster as they can deliver peak torque right at the beginning of acceleration. Besides that, though they have a high-tech architecture, an electric motor has much simpler construction and fewer parts than a combustion engine, so an EV requires way less maintenance, which makes it more reliable on long-range travels. More important than all, Of you care about the environment, polar bears and climate change, EVs definitely worth it as they produce less emission.
Are Electric Cars Reliable?
According to a survey Annual Vehicle Reliability, held by courtesy of consumer reports, EVs are way more reliable than traditional combustion cars for most of the mechanical parts. Though it was available in the market only for one year, Chevrolet bold was voted as a ‘very reliable’.
Can Electric Cars Have A Manual Transmission?
The answer is both Yes and No. Technically it’s such a simple process to apply a typical manual transmission to an electric motor just like any other combustion engines have. However, an electric motor doesn’t stall like a combustion one so there is no need to have a clutch between wheels and the motor. What I mean is, while a combustion motor has about 600-800 rpm in the idle running you need to use the clutch to connect the running engine to the non-moving wheels as there is a speed difference between the two. On the other hand, an electric motor starts moving from 0 rpm to its max. So, it’s not logical at all to add an extra powertrain between the motor and wheels as there will be more power loss.
Can Electric Cars Drift?
Yes, they can. They can even drift better than other drift cars if set correctly. Tesla, Rimac, and others have options to choose from different drive modes for your enjoyment. Rimac has many different modes including 2 wheel rear drive, 2 wheel front, 4 wheel drive, and independent 4 wheel drive which the car decides on its own which wheel to power, for max security and road-holding. As EV has very powerful motors and high torque ranges, it’s easily possible to drift. It’s even possible to add ‘drift mode’ to the existing drive mode choices.
Are Electric Cars The Future?
All around the world, automotive industry claims to make investments on EV about $90 billion in short term. $19a billion of this investment will be accumulated by the U.S. companies. Ford itself is planning to invest $11 billion on the production of EV. In 2016 more than 750 000 EV were sold all around the world and the number is increasing day by day. So, decide it yourself how it will be in long term.
Can Electric Cars Tow A Trailer?
Both yes, and no. Why do people hesitate to buy electric cars? The answer is simple. It doesn’t meet their requirements, or they just think so. Tesla model is x has min 600nm torque which is close to big SUVs in the market. So If you mean the capability to taw a trailer, yes it can easily handle it with some predictable disadvantages like depletion of the range about %25-35, which is from 255 miles to 180 miles on a single charge. On the other hand, If your EV manufacturer hasn’t already obtained the required permissions from relevant authorities prior to launching, you may have serious legal problems in case of an accident or any other Police control. Besides that, EVs have some complex technological parts, like regenerating brake system, which pumps the kinetic energy back to the battery when you release the accelerator pedal to slow down. While you have extra thousands of pounds pushing you down the hill, that might be a warranty problem for you. So, that technical issue is another thing you need to consider.
Can Electric Cars Charge Themselves?
No. EVs uses a regenerative braking system, which uses the motor to generate energy to charge the battery. But remember this system slows the car down. There is no logical point with having a continuously working generator as it will cost you more energy loss by slowing you down. Instead of it, having the max mileage by making the car more flawless and more aerodynamic and charging it when you need it is a better option, At least for now. If you’re talking about solar panels coving the car, unfortunately, a car doesn’t have sufficient panel surface to supply the sufficient energy to the batteries. moreover, there is no guarantee that you will park your car at the best angle to get the perfect sunlight to start charging.
Can Electric Cars Be Towed?
An electric car doesn’t have a drive train like traditional combustion cars which can be used to release the wheels when needed. So, when it’s in the off mode, if you try to pull it to somewhere else, technically the wheels will also spin the motor, the motor will keep spinning when the cooler is inactive, and this might cause an unexpected heat increase in the motor and totally brake it. That is a point you need to consider before you buy an electric car or at least till it has a solution with upcoming new products.
Do Electric Cars Need Oil Changes?
Unlike gasoline cars, electric cars don’t need an oil, spark plug or filter replacement. Thanks to the regenerative brake system, which slows you down to the desired point in most cases, there will even be rare brake pad replacements.
Do Electric Cars Have Gears?
There is no need to have a gearbox for electric cars as they keep supplying sufficient torque at almost all speeds/RPMs. A gasoline motor had a narrow rpm range to deliver its max torque. However, an electric motor gives its max torque at 0 rpm and keeps it at a wide range of RPMs. So, the answer is, not necessarily it can’t be, rather, it’s not needed.
Do Electric Cars Need Cooling?
Yes, and they already have. An electric car has heating matter with its motors and battery packs and needs to be cooled with an active fluid system just like a regular combustion engine.
What Is the Lifespan Of EV Battery?
Nothing lasts forever. Those high-tech rechargeable batteries are designed to last long just like a combustion car engine’s lifespan but of course, they will retire eventually. Manufacturers are generally offering 100.000 miles or 8 years warranty before it starts losing its capacity and range clearly.
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