Cool, or Hot EV Features

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The ability to remotely use features of your vehicle is an evolving reality. This week, we spotlight the available technology offered by Elon Musk’s industry-leading company. Current Tesla owners may already be bragging about their ability to do the following; remotely from the Tesla app.

  • Check the current charging state of the vehicle
  • Set the charging rate and level. For example, only charge to 80% battery capacity to extend battery life.
  • Lock/unlock doors, and open/close the charger port and trunk.
  • Start the vehicle remotely.
  • Climate controls include cabin temperature using heating/cooling as well as heated seats, defrosters, and even window venting.
  • Location tracking of the vehicle on a map while traveling or finding the vehicle’s location in a large, parking lot.
  • Navigation to locations and autonomous driving.
  • Location, current availability, and navigation to nearby fast charging locations (superchargers)

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Price Changes for Electric Vehicles

Recently, a significant trend in price drops across EV model lines has drawn praise and has fueled buying prospects for many consumers. When added to existing financial incentives, such as tax rebates and rising (again) gas prices, electric vehicles are more attractive than ever.

Earlier this year, Tesla’s dropped its prices by 20% on certain models and Ford cut prices on its Mach-e between $600 and $5900, depending upon the model.

Just this week, Tesla decided to cut the price for a Model S by another $5,000, bringing the entry model to $89,990. The price of the Model X SUV was lowered by $10,000, lowering the offer price for the entry model to $99,990.

Electric models have been criticized for displaying higher price tags than similar, gas-powered models. As material and production costs have declined, many automakers are reducing retail prices accordingly.

As a result, the cost differential is narrowing and added incentives are still available.

The Battery Issue

The largest driving force for material cost savings comes from battery modules. One-third of all new EV batteries use iron phosphate cells rather than lithium and cobalt-based batteries. Tesla has led this switch, and companies such as Ford and Volkswagen are following suit to reduce production costs.

The trade-off is that lithium batteries typically have better range, whereas iron batteries are cheaper, more durable, have longer life spans, and are easier to source. Curiously, this same debate occurred once before – during the first push for electrical vehicles over a hundred years ago.

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Interestingly, the pace of innovation in the industry over the last year is not unlike the growth a century ago. Did you know this is the third EV push in modern history?

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Top 3 EV Questions Answered

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Are Teslas good vehicles?

Yes, Tesla vehicles are generally considered to be very good vehicles. They have received numerous positive reviews from both automotive journalists and Tesla owners, with particular praise given to their performance, range, and advanced technology features.

One of the most notable features of Tesla vehicles is their electric powertrain, which provides instant torque and smooth acceleration. They also have long ranges on a single charge, making them ideal for long-distance travel.

In addition, Tesla vehicles come with advanced technology features such as Autopilot, a semi-autonomous driving system, and a large touchscreen display for controlling various vehicle functions.

Tesla vehicles have also received high safety ratings from organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They have also been praised for their environmental benefits, as they produce zero emissions and can be powered by renewable energy sources.

Overall, while Tesla vehicles are not perfect and may not be the best fit for everyone, they are generally regarded as high-quality vehicles with advanced features and impressive performance.

How long does it take to recharge an EV using a “fast” charger?

The time it takes to recharge an electric vehicle (EV) using a DC fast charger depends on several factors, including the battery capacity of the vehicle, the charging speed of the charger, and the initial state of charge of the battery.

In general, DC fast chargers can charge an EV to 80% of its battery capacity in about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the specific charger and the vehicle being charged. However, charging to 100% may take longer, as the charger may slow down the charging speed to prevent overheating of the battery.

Are EVs good for the environment?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to be much better for the environment than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, as they produce zero direct emissions and are powered by electricity, which can be generated from renewable energy sources. However, the environmental benefits of EVs can vary depending on several factors.

One of the most important factors is the source of the electricity used to power the EV. If the electricity is generated from coal or other fossil fuels, then the overall environmental impact of the EV may be similar to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle, as the emissions associated with generating the electricity may offset the emissions saved from not using gasoline.

However, if the electricity is generated from renewable sources such as wind or solar power, then the environmental benefits of the EV can be significant.

Another factor to consider is the manufacturing process of the EV. The production of EVs requires the use of rare and precious metals, which can have environmental impacts.

Nevertheless, studies have shown that the overall lifecycle emissions of an EV, including the emissions associated with manufacturing, are still lower than those of a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Finally, the disposal of the battery at the end of its life can also have environmental impacts. Nevertheless, EV manufacturers are working to improve the recycling of EV batteries and develop new battery technologies that are more sustainable.

Overall, while EVs are not without their environmental impacts, they have the potential to be much better for the environment than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, especially when powered by renewable energy sources.

The EV World Grows

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Electric Vehicle Trends

The development of, and transition to EVs continues to grow in both America and across the globe. With the tremendous growth in Europe, China, and the United States, let’s examine the big trend patterns.

Last year (2022), the numbe rof EVs sold in the U.S. rose to 807,000, comprising 5.8% of all new vehicles sold in the United States.

-America Charged, January 2023.

With so many new EV models, a lot of undecided consumers are taking notice. Models from Hyundai, VW, Audi, General Motors, Fisker, and Volvo are joining best sellers from Ford, Tesla, Rivian, and Nissan.

Government incentives are making the cost of purchasing an EV and installing home chargers more affordable. Generous federal and state tax credits are inspiring many to purchase their first electric vehicle.

The national charging network is growing rapidly toward a federal goal of 500,000 EV chargers along major roads and highways. Recently, Tesla agreed to open 7500 of its fast chargers to other EV models. With over 17,700 fast chargers, these 250 kw chargers add up to 300 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes.

Installing Home EV Chargers

The cost to install an EV charger can vary depending on several factors such as the type of charger, the electrical capacity of your home, the location and accessibility of the installation site, and any necessary upgrades to your home’s electrical system.

On average, a basic Level 2 EV charger installation can cost between $500 and $1,500, including the cost of the charger itself. However, the cost can be significantly higher if additional electrical work or upgrades are needed, such as a new electrical panel or a dedicated circuit.

It’s always a good idea to get a few quotes from licensed electricians to get an accurate estimate for your specific situation. Additionally, some states and utility companies offer incentives and rebates to help offset the cost of EV charger installations.

5 Reasons People are Buying EVs

  1. Environmental Benefits: One of the main reasons people choose to buy an electric vehicle is because it is better for the environment. EVs produce zero emissions, meaning they do not contribute to air pollution, which can have harmful effects on human health and the environment.
  2. Lower operating costs: Electric vehicles can be cheaper to operate than traditional vehicles, as they require less maintenance, and fuel costs are generally lower. They also have fewer moving parts, meaning they can be more reliable and require fewer repairs.
  3. Tax incentives and rebates: In some countries, electric vehicle owners can qualify for tax incentives and rebates, which can help offset the higher initial cost of purchasing an electric vehicle.
  4. Performance benefits: Electric vehicles can offer quick acceleration and a quiet, smooth ride. They also have regenerative braking, which can help recharge the battery and improve overall efficiency.
  5. Energy sources: Electric vehicles are powered by electricity, which can be generated from a variety of sources, including renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Some are concerned about using fossil fuels and many Americans are concerned about energy independence.


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As electric vehicles (EVs) become more widespread, the market for EV charging infrastructure at home is on the rise. Installing an electric vehicle charger at home is a fantastic way to guarantee your EV has a full battery charge every day, and it’s also a step towards a more sustainable future.

In this article, we’ll examine how to install an EV charger at home, what equipment you’ll need, and why this is a significant step towards potentially clean, or “green” transportation.

First, let’s look at the different types of chargers available for EVs. There are three main types: Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast charging.

Level 1 charging uses a standard 120-volt household outlet and provides a charging rate of about 4-5 miles of range per hour.

Level 2 charging demands a 240-volt circuit and can provide a charging rate of up to 25 miles of range per hour.

DC fast charging is the fastest charging method and can provide up to 80% of a full charge in as little as 30 minutes. You could listen to all of our podcasts and be finished by the time the charge is FULL. However, DC fast charging is not normally installed at home (millionaires- feel free) and is more commonly found at public charging stations.

For home charging, we’ll focus on Level 2 charging, which is the most sensible and cost-effective option for most EV owners. To install a Level 2 charger at home, you’ll need to buy an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) unit, which is essentially the charger itself. You’ll also need a 240-volt circuit and an electrician to install the circuit and the EVSE unit.

The first step in installing a Level 2 charger at home is to determine where you want to install it. You’ll want to choose a location that is easily accessible and close to where you park your EV.

You’ll also need to make sure that the location you choose has access to a 240-volt circuit. Most garages and outdoor areas near the house will have the necessary electrical infrastructure to support Level 2 charging.

Next, you’ll need to purchase an EVSE unit. There are many different brands and models available, but most offer similar features and charging rates. Some popular brands include ChargePoint, JuiceBox, and Blink.

When choosing an EVSE unit, consider the charging rate, the length of the cord, and any additional features such as Wi-Fi connectivity or scheduling.

Once you’ve purchased the EVSE unit, you’ll need to hire a licensed electrician to install the 240-volt circuit and the EVSE unit. The electrician will need to pull a permit from your local government and will need to observe all building codes and regulations.

Installation Costs

The cost of installation will vary depending on the complexity of the job and the location of the charger. However, on average, you can expect to pay between $500 and $1,500 for installation.

After the EVSE unit and circuit are installed, you’ll be ready to start charging your EV at home. Simply plug your EV into the charger using the supplied charging cable, and the charger will start charging your battery.

Depending on the size of your battery and the charging rate of the EVSE unit, it may take several hours to fully charge your EV. However, by charging your EV overnight, you’ll always wake up to a full battery and be ready to go in the morning.

Charging Costs

According to a recent JD Power study:

Generally speaking, a reasonable estimate is that charging an EV will cost the typical consumer between 3.1 and 11.3 cents per mile driven. Compare that to a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, which costs between 4.4 and 38.75 cents per mile driven.

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Installing an EV charger at home is not only convenient but also a meaningful step toward a more sustainable future. EVs are a cleaner alternative to gas-powered vehicles, when they are charged using renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, by installing an EV charger at home, you’re helping to create a network of charging infrastructure that makes clean transportation more accessible to everyone.

In conclusion, installing an electric vehicle charger can be a sustainable option and results in guaranteed charging from the comfort of your home.

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Where are all the EV chargers?

EV Charger News

The federal government’s plan for a 500,000 network of EV chargers along major roads and highways is not likely to be achieved for many years. However, this week Tesla agreed to open, 7500 of its fast chargers to other EV models. With over 17,700 fast chargers, these 250 kw chargers add up to 300 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes.

The Wall Street Journal reported on 2/16/2023 that Tesla plans to open thousands of existing and soon to be complete charging locations in coveted spots to non-Tesla driver in 2023 and 2024. This move allows Tesla to compete for billions of federal infrastructure monies to expand the charging network.

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How to find an EV charger

The best way to find an EV (electric vehicle) charger is to use an online mapping service or mobile app specifically designed for this purpose. Here are a few options:

  1. PlugShare: This is a popular online and mobile app that provides a comprehensive database of charging stations around the world. You can use the app to search for chargers by location, type of charger, and other filters.
  2. ChargePoint: This is another popular network of EV charging stations, and their website and mobile app can help you find charging stations in your area.
  3. Electrify America: This company has a growing network of fast-charging stations across the United States, and they offer a mobile app to help you locate their chargers.
  4. Tesla Superchargers: If you own a Tesla vehicle, you can use the Tesla Supercharger network to quickly charge your car. You can use the Tesla mobile app to find nearby Superchargers.
  5. Google Maps: Google Maps has a feature that allows you to search for EV charging stations. You can type in “EV charging” in the search bar, and it will show you charging stations near your location.

Keep in mind that not all charging stations are created equal. Some may offer faster charging speeds or different types of connectors, so it’s important to check the details of each station before you head out to charge.

EV Charging Basics

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) is a straightforward process. Here are the general steps to follow:

  1. Find a charging station: You can use an online mapping service or mobile app specifically designed for this purpose to locate an EV charging station in your area.
  2. Connect the charging cable: Once you’ve found a charging station, connect the charging cable to your EV. The location and type of charging port will vary depending on your specific make and model of car, but it should be clearly marked on your vehicle.
  3. Start the charging session: After you’ve connected the cable, follow the instructions on the charging station. Depending on the station, you may need to activate the charging session using a mobile app, a credit card, or some other form of authentication.
  4. Wait for the charging session to complete: Charging times will vary depending on the type of charger and the state of charge of your EV’s battery. Level 1 charging (using a standard 120-volt household outlet) can take many hours to fully charge, while Level 2 charging (using a 240-volt charging station) can take several hours. Fast charging (using a DC fast charger) can get your battery to 80% charged in 30–60 minutes, but it may take longer to reach 100%.
  5. Disconnect and pay: Once the charging session is complete, disconnect the charging cable and pay for the charging session, if required. Some charging stations may require you to pay in advance, while others may allow you to pay after the session is complete.

It’s important to note that the specifics of charging an EV can vary based on the make and model of your vehicle, the type of charging station you’re using, and the charging protocol that your car supports. Be sure to consult your vehicle owner’s manual and the instructions provided by the charging station to ensure that you’re following the correct procedures for your specific situation.

EV Incentives (including $)

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There are a variety of incentives available for electric vehicles (EVs) in different countries and regions around the world. Some of the most common incentives include:

  • Tax credits or exemptions: Many governments offer tax credits or exemptions for EVs, which can significantly reduce the purchase price of the vehicle. Under the U.S. program, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans with a sticker price up to $80,000 qualify for $7500 EV tax credits, while new electric cars, sedans, and wagons can only be priced up to $55,000. Specifics available from the IRS: https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/credits-for-new-clean-vehicles-purchased-in-2023-or-after
  • Rebates or grants: Some governments or utilities offer rebates or grants for the purchase or lease of an EV, or for the installation of home charging equipment. For example, California offers a wide array of incentives on both vehicle and charging equipment. https://driveclean.ca.gov/search-incentives
  • High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access: Some areas allow EVs to use HOV lanes, even if there is only one person in the car. States such as California, Colorado, Florida, and Maryland allow single occupant EVs access to these lanes.
  • Free or reduced-cost parking: Some municipalities offer free or reduced-cost parking for EVs in city-owned lots or on the street.
  • Charging infrastructure incentives: Some governments or utilities offer incentives for the installation of public charging stations or for businesses to install charging stations for their employees.
  • Carpooling: Some government or private carpooling services offer reduced or free rides for EV owners.

It’s worth noting that incentives vary between countries and regions, so it’s best to check with your local government or utility to see what incentives are available in your area.

EV Charging Rates

Many utilities are subsidizing rates for EV charging and/or providing charger installation incentives.

If you need to charge your EV while on the go, you can use a public charging station. These stations are typically more powerful than home charging stations, and can charge an EV battery much faster. The cost of using a public charging station also varies depending on location, but it typically ranges from $0.20 to $0.50 per kWh.

Some companies are offering free charging at work, while select auto manufacturers are offering free charging for a defined period after purchase.

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EV Charging 101

The basics of charging an electric vehicle are broken down for you.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable and cost-effective transportation option. However, one of the biggest challenges for EV owners is understanding how and where to charge their vehicles.

In this overview we will provide a basic summary of EV charging, including the different types of charging stations, charging speeds, and costs.

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Since electric vehicles are powered by batteries required to drive, recharging them becomes priority number one. EVs can be charged at home, at work, or at public charging stations. The time it takes to recharge is dependent upon battery capacity and level, charging speed, and charger capability.

Level 1 charging is the slowest and can take between 8-20 hours.

Level 2 charging is faster and typically takes 4-9 hours.

Level 3 (Fast Charger) is the fastest and recharges in 20-40 minutes.

Level 2 EV Charging Considerations

Most homeowners will want to install a dedicated, convenient level 2 charger. The ability to plug in your vehicle for overnight charging is crucial as well as for shorter, recharge periods.

Level 2 charging is a type of electric vehicle charging that uses a higher voltage and amperage than Level 1 charging, allowing for faster charging times. It is typically used for public charging stations and for home charging.

Installing a Level 2 charger at home can provide the convenience of being able to charge your electric vehicle more quickly, and can also be useful if you frequently drive long distances and need to charge your vehicle more often.

Additionally, with the growing popularity of electric vehicles, having a Level 2 charger installed can increase the value of your home.

Installation Costs

Installation of an EV charger will range from $750 to $2000, depending upon any electrical upgrades and the specific EV charger model selected.

This estimated range is an industry average and can vary based on local permit fees (if necessary), electrical issues discovered, or multiple ports installed.

Public Charging Locations

Using many available apps, you can quickly locate the nearest public EV charger. We like this handy resource from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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EV Charger Financial Incentives

There are a variety of incentives that may be available to help offset the cost of installing an electric vehicle (EV) charger at your home or business.

These incentives can vary by location, so it is best to check with your local government or utility company to see what options are available in your area. Some examples of incentives that may be available include:

  • Federal tax credits: There may be federal tax credits available for the installation of EV charging equipment.
  • State and local incentives: Many states and local governments offer rebates or grants to help cover the cost of EV charger installation.
  • Utility company incentives: Some utility companies offer incentives to their customers to encourage the use of EVs, such as rebates for installing an EV charger.
  • Employer incentives: Some employers offer incentives to employees who install EV charging equipment at their homes, such as a reimbursement for the cost of installation or a discounted rate for the electricity used to charge the vehicle.

It’s important to note that these incentives might change over time, and availability varies by location. It’s always good to check with your local government or utility company to see what options are currently available.

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With this basic understanding of EV charging, you can feel confident in your ability to charge your electric vehicle wherever and whenever you need to.

Remember to take advantage of government incentives, and always use the charging station locator apps or websites to find the nearest charging station. If you are looking for an EV installer, we may be able to help.

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In 2021, 490,000 electric vehicles were sold in America. Last year (2022), that number rose to 807,000, comprising 5.8% of all new vehicles sold in the United States.

In this article, we examine auto inventories, interest rates, charging options, and the general market to help you decide if this is the right year to buy an electric vehicle.

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While America’s EV growth is impressive, global sales of EVs rose to 7.8 million globally, with most sales in Europe and China. Year over year, the growth of electric vehicle sales was 68% more than in 2021.

While Teslas made up 65% of sales in 2022, Ford beat out GM to clinch the number two spot in U.S. EV sales. The Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning have been very successful, while GM slipped due to the removal of the Bolt EV from the market.

VW, Hyundai, and Kia have all increased their market share with new models. According to the Wall Street Journal (1/7/23), there are 53 EV models for sale or soon to be in 2023 in U.S. markets.

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The recent upward movement in interest rates has resulted in a slowdown in both auto and home loan applications. Good deals still exist and higher rates have created an environment where auto consumers can once again negotiate for better prices and trade-in allowances. The days of M.S.R.P. or greater due to supply issues is likely gone.


There are several options for charging an electric vehicle (EV). The most common method is to charge at home using a Level 1 or Level 2 charging station.

A Level 1 charging station uses a standard 120-volt household outlet to charge the vehicle. This is the slowest type of charging, and it can take up to 12 hours or more to fully charge a vehicle. However, Level 1 charging is often sufficient for many EV owners who only need to drive a short distance each day and can charge their vehicle overnight.

A Level 2 charging station uses a 240-volt outlet, similar to the type used for a clothes dryer or oven, and can charge a vehicle much faster than a Level 1 station. Level 2 charging can typically fully charge a vehicle in 4-8 hours, depending on the vehicle’s battery capacity and the charging station’s output. Many EV owners install a Level 2 charging station in their home garages for convenience and faster charging times.

Another charging option is public charging stations, which can be found in various locations such as parking garages, shopping centers, and highway rest areas. Some public charging stations are free to use, while others require a fee or a membership to use. Public charging stations are generally Level 2 charging stations, and they can be found using a variety of apps or online resources.

Fast charging stations, also known as Level 3 or DC fast charging stations, can charge a vehicle to 80% or more in under an hour. However, These types of charging stations are less common than Level 2 stations and can only be found in specific locations, charging network providers like Tesla, Electrify America, and Blink.

Lastly, some EV owners with solar panels on their homes might be able to charge their vehicles using solar power. This is typically done using a device called an EV charger/inverter, which converts the direct current (DC) power generated by solar panels into the alternating current (AC) power needed to charge the vehicle.

In summary, you have many options for charging an electric vehicle, including home charging with a Level 1 or Level 2 station, public charging stations, and fast charging stations. The most convenient option for you will depend on your driving habits and the resources available to you.

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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?

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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.

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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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