Do YOU know how an EV works?

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The EV Explained

How an EV works: Chances are, you know how an EV is different from gas-powered vehicles, but let’s make sure you know how they function. Electric vehicles are powered by electricity (you knew that) rather than gasoline. This means that they have an electric motor and a battery pack, rather than an internal combustion engine. Don’t worry, it gets more complex.

Vehicles with an internal combustion engine, or I.C.E., have been the primary autos for the last 100 years. Did you know that electric vehicles were popular over 100 years ago and almost became the primary transportation for people?

The Secret History of Electric Cars

EV Components

Here is a basic overview of how an EV works:

The Electric Motor

The electric motor converts electricity from the battery pack into mechanical energy to power the wheels of the vehicle. The motor can be powered by direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) electricity, and it can be located in various parts of the vehicle depending on the design.

The Battery Pack

The battery pack stores the electricity that powers the electric motor. The battery pack is typically made up of many individual battery cells that are connected together.

The cells can be made from various materials, including lithium-ion, which is most common in electric vehicles. The battery pack is recharged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source.

The Charging System

The charging system manages the flow of electricity between the power source and the battery pack. The vehicle can be charged in different ways, including at home using a Level 1 or Level 2 charger, or a fast charger at a public charging station.

In-depth charging info:

The Power Electronics

The power electronics act as the “brain” of the EV. They control the flow of electricity between the battery pack and the electric motor, and they help to optimize the performance of the vehicle. The power electronics can also convert the direct current (DC) electricity from the battery pack into alternating current (AC) electricity that is used to power the motor.

The Drivetrain

The drivetrain connects the electric motor to the wheels of the vehicle. In an EV, the drivetrain is usually quite simple, with few moving parts, which helps to increase the efficiency of the vehicle and reduce maintenance requirements.

How an EV works: System Overview

When you drive an EV, the electricity stored in the battery pack flows to the electric motor, which powers the wheels and propels the vehicle forward. As you use the power from the battery, the level of charge decreases, and when the charge is depleted, you need to plug the car in and recharge the battery pack. ‘

Because most EVs have regenerative braking systems, energy is also recovered during braking, which helps to increase the range of the vehicle and improve the overall efficiency.

This is a basic overview of how an EV works. There are more details and variations depending on the brand and model of EV, but this is a general idea of the components that make up an EV and how they work together.

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