Today, about 67 percent of all vehicles in the United States are powered by internal combustion engines. However, this isn’t the case for very long. There is a push among many to get more people driving electric cars, and the automotive industry is following suit. Doing so would change the game with how they work for phone batteries. While there are still many obstacles to be overcome before widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) — such as limited charging stations, high cost and lack of public ownership — the technology will only continue to evolve and improve. As a result, not only could you get an electric car that charges wirelessly with your smartphone but also one that’s safer than its gasoline-powered counterpart, making it especially useful for families with kids in tow.
What is an Electrified Vehicle?
An electrified vehicle is any car that is either an electric car or an hybrid car. The electric part comes from the fact that most modern vehicles have an onboard electric motor, often part of the transmission. The powered part refers to the fact that an electric car’s engine produces less carbon monoxide than a gasoline engine of the same power rating. The powered part of an electric car’s engine is not only more efficient but also much less harmful to the environment than the fossil fuels it displaces.
How Does an Electric Car Charge?
Most electric cars can be recharged in as little as 3 hours with the same amount of electricity as is used to charge the car. It takes a little longer to charge a plug-in hybrid car because of the additional motor in the back. To charge an electric car, first charge the car’s battery to 90 percent capacity. Then, drive the car to a charging station that is at least 50 miles away. Once the battery is charged, drive the car the remaining distance to your destination and plug it in. To charge a hybrid car, first charge the battery to 80 percent capacity. Then, drive the car to a charging station that is at least 50 miles away. Once the battery is charged, drive the car the remaining distance to your destination and plug it in.
Why Are Electric Cars Better Than Gasoline Vehicles?
The main reason electric cars are better than gasoline vehicles is because they use less power to reach the same destination. This means that an electric car that goes 10 miles on a charge from a 10-kilowatt hour battery will produce the same amount of power as a gasoline-powered car that goes the same distance on a 100-kilowatt hour battery. In addition, gasoline engines burn fuel and produce carbon monoxide, a main-stream air pollutant. By comparison, an electric car uses electricity to drive the motor while producing no pollution.
How to Drive on an Electric Car
To drive on an electric car, first charge the car’s battery to 90 percent capacity. Then, drive the car to a charging station that is at least 50 miles away. Once the battery is charged, drive the car the remaining distance to your destination and plug it in. If you’re planning on long trips, you may want to consider buying an efficient enough car that can charge at an electric car charging station. These stations can usually charge a car from 50 to 100 miles depending on the charging network and the car’s ability to charge. Most electric car drivers use the electricity from the car’s charging station to charge the car battery. To avoid extra wear and tear on the charging station and to reduce maintenance costs, try to choose a car that can charge from a standard outlet.
Side Effects of Driving on an Electric Car
Driving on an electric car has some distinct advantages over traditional transportation. These include reduced fuel consumption and emissions, increased safety, and reduced carbon footprint. Driving on an electric car also poses a few unique side effects, primarily related to the car’s drive train and the charging infrastructure.
Automobiles have evolved from being powered by internal combustion engines to include a wide variety of internal and external combustion engines. One of the most successful automotive brands of all time, General Motors, is now a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who call themselves “fiat Chrysler” but are really just advertising their own brand name on a few cars. The company has their eyes on the electric car future and plans to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road from about 50,000 in 2020 to about 210,000 in 2040. But before you pitch in with some money for an electric car, you may want to consider the side effects of driving one. As with any new technology, there are risks and benefits that come with it. While it’s true that electric cars produce less carbon emissions than gasoline vehicles, they also produce less power, fall behind in terms of range and have a smaller overall footprint than a gas-powered car.