It comes as no surprise to state that electric cars work on electric, but how exactly does that work?
The conventional motor car is powered by the internal combustion engine. An electric car is, however, powered by an electric motor.
This motor that powers the wheels via transmission is itself powered by a rechargeable traction battery pack containing a stack of batteries. These batteries often make electric cars weigh more than their petrol counterparts. A control unit will decide how much power needs transmitting from this battery pack to the electric car’s motor.
The battery pack needs charging for the motor to work by being plugged into a wall socket or charging station.
Running on electricity means no exhaust emissions which is why electric cars are portrayed as the environmentally friendly car running on cleaner energy.
No, it has an electric car motor working rather than an engine like the internal combustion engine of fuel based cars. But some people do refer to electric motors in cars as the engine for shorthand and understanding.
The electric motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy to drive the car.
OMC Ford provides electric cars in Manchester but that fact alone won’t compel you to buy one. The compelling reasons for buying a Ford or indeed any electric car are as follows: -
The lack of an exhaust in electric vehicles equals zero fuel emissions, so the environment is a whole lot cleaner with vehicles using electric energy for power.
Electricity is cheaper than gasoline ergo it’s cheaper to run an electric car with a battery pack that you can charge than a gas fuel powered one.
The combustion engine in cars requires lots of maintenance. Think of all those services you have to do, the oil changes, the spark plug replacements and so on. While electric cars are not without maintenance needs, those needs are generally significantly less.
Petrol heads may not see this as a pro, but an electric vehicle is just so much quieter. No more revving and fuel billowing from the exhaust for boy racers as the red light turns to amber
The Government gives incentives for you to go green. The so-called Plug In Car Grant (PiCG) offers manufacturers and distributors up to a 3k discount against list prices of pure electric power - not plug-in hybrid vehicles or other hybrids because they currently can’t meet the criteria like a pure electric motor car. What is the criteria you ask? Check it out straight from the horse’s mouth here.
Another financial incentive in the UK for electric vehicles: zero emissions = zero standard tax so there is no road tax on all-electric vehicles.
It can’t all be cash incentives and clean air, surely there are some drawbacks to an electric car. There are, as follows: -
Charging places and charging times can be a vexation for new electric car owners. Getting into the habit of planning for a prolonged charge can be a chore, and availability of charging stations to add power when out and about. Presuming a mains is easily accessible to charge the car battery at home. And, as for out and about, there are 11k plus charging power points across the UK as of Spring 2020 and more charge points coming all the time compared to about 8.5k petrol stations. So this may be perceived as a drawback than being an actual one.
Battery Range - nothing worse than when the ‘leccy ran out and houses were plunged into darkness, and the car slumping to a standstill with flat power is a fear that deters some electric car buyers. Realistically, this is only relevant for exceptionalyl long journeys. The average daily journey, like the work commute, shouldn’t pose any power problems for the battery range of a charged vehicle. A fully charged electric motor battery can cover a range from 100 miles on older vehicles and up to a range of 300 miles on newer vehicles when fully charged.
Cost price. Despite incentives, electric cars tend to have a more prohibitive purchase price than their petrol fuel counterparts. Why are electric cars more expensive? One word: battery. This tends to be made with lithium ion batteries that can carry more energy but contain expensive materials, plus processes in battery production can be costly. But as with anything, as demand escalates, economies of scale kick in and costs will come down. It’s predicted electric cars will be price competitive at cost in 5-10 years. Additionally, long term ownership of electric cars tends to be cheaper than petrol and diesel fuel cars due to lower running costs from being battery powered.
Fun. Petrol heads find no fun in the quiet, eco-conscious and well-meaning electric vehicle. After all toxic energy almost implies turbo charged excitement. While an electric car is to some like watching Songs of Praise instead of Top Gear; pious virtue Vs high-revving hedonism. Such beliefs cannot be remedied but may need to be borne as a valiant sacrifice to help save the planet either voluntarily or in-time involuntarily as pressure mounts for cleaner fuel power.
OMC Ford is the longest established Ford dealership in the north west of England. They offer a range of electric cars. Please contact them for any questions about buying one.
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