How do Electric Cars Work?

Each day we see new stories in the media about the rise of the electric car, yet this new style of vehicle still remains a mystery to many of us, with this in mind we have created a post on uncovering the facts on How Do Electric Cars Work?

In this post, we will take a look under the hood of an electric vehicle, find out more about the efficiencies, the practicalities of charging them and how you can benefit whether in your personal or professional life.

The technical bit: So how do Electric Cars work?

When you first look at a traditional combustion engine they can appear to be intimidating. The cogs, gears, pipes and mechanisms can be difficult to understand what goes where.

Inside your electric vehicle, there are much fewer parts. The most important being the battery. These are found on the lower part of electric vehicles to help with the centre of gravity. As well as the main battery, you’ll also find the batteries that power the standard electrical equipment found in most cars including the lights and the radio.

The main battery powers an electric motor which in turn powers the wheels. Depending on what make and model of electric vehicle you have, this could be a four-wheel or two-wheel drive.

Electric car charging

How do you charge them

This is where the real magic happens when it comes to electric cars. Charging them simply couldn’t be easier. Pull up, plugin and leave your car to charge. If you’re at a public charging station at the highest level of power (level 3), your vehicle will be charged within a few minutes.

When it comes to domestic charging point installation or dedicated commercial charging point installs (level 2), your vehicle can be charged in a couple of hours. This works incredibly well overnight at home or when you’re visiting a coffee shop or restaurant as the vast majority of your charge will complete in the first 20-30 minutes. Smart technology means once your car is complete in its charge, it will power off.

Level one charging is powered from a regular 13 amp socket. While this is not the most efficient way of charging, your vehicle can be fully charged overnight.

How long does the charge last

This can depend on a number of factors including the model of the car, driving conditions and your driving style. The technology in electric vehicle batteries is ever-evolving. The range currently varies up to 250-300 miles. However, a model of the Tesla Range has been tested up to 600 miles.

How can I find out more

At Go Electric we specialise in the installation of electric car charging points. No matter where you are across Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in your business or your home, we can provide a solution for your charging needs.

Get in touch with our friendly family team who will be happy to help you with all your charging point installation needs. Call us today on 0303 100 4101, email us or use the contact form on this page.

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