10 Things You Should Know About Electric Vehicles
Electric Vehicles, known as EVs, have been gaining popularity over the past years due to the growing availability of different types of cars and bikes. Are you considering trying an Electric Vehicle? This post covered the facts you need to know about electric vehicles.
1. The first electric vehicle was created in the 1800s
We'd like to think electric vehicles are a new concept. But it turns out electric vehicles were created centuries ago. In 1832 the Scottish inventor Robert Anderson developed a crude electric carriage and became the first-ever electric vehicle in the world.
2. An Electric Vehicle is efficient
An EV is powered by an electric motor instead of a gas-powered combustion engine. According to Nrdc.org, electric motors make vehicles substantially more efficient than internal combustion engines (ICEs). An electric car utilizes 80% of its battery's energy to transfer power to the car compared to 14 to 26% of the energy from a gasoline-powered vehicle.
3. An Electric Vehicle saves you more money in the long term
An EV would cost only $1 in energy to travel the same distance as a gallon of gas, averaging $3.04.The electricity required to drive 15,000 miles per year in a compact electric vehicle costs $546, while the amount of gas needed to drive the same distance costs $1,255 (or 130%) more.
4. There are 17 million electric cars in use globally
According to Carsguide, Between the years 2012 and 2021, 17,607,610 battery powered vehicles were sold globally. EVs made up 8.3 percent of total light passenger vehicles sales in 2021, which may not seem like a lot, but it's a hefty increase from 4.2 percent of all sales in 2020.
5. Nearly half the EVs in the world are in the Asia Pacific
According to Global EV Outlook, In 2019, more than 1.2 million electric vehicles were sold in China, making it the largest electric car market globally and the potential to grow tremendously in the next 10 years.
6. About 57% of Consumers are afraid of running out of charge, but only 5% of owners have run out
It's also known as "range anxiety," fear of too few charging stations, long charge times, and initial higher upfront vehicle costs, but it's not true. Research by AAA has shown EV fueling is generally done while the driver is doing something else—whether they plug in overnight or stop to shop or grab a bite to eat.
7. There are 3 types of electric vehicles:
Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (HEVs): HEVs combine a gas-powered engine with one (or more) electric motors. An HEV does not plugin; it collects energy through regenerative braking.
Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (PHEVs): Similar to an HEV, the main difference is that a PHEV can plug in to charge.
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs): Also known as an all-electric car, it needs to be plugged into recharge.
8. Lower maintenance costs
EVs do not have an engine that needs oil changes or air-filter replacements. And in the case of pure-electric vehicles, brake use is minimal due to the regenerative braking that automatically slows the car down when you let your foot off the accelerator.
9. Lower emission
Research shows that an EV is typically responsible for lower levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) than an average new gasoline car, and EVs have no tailpipe emissions.
10. Electric Vehicles are used on the moon
50 years ago, NASA's Lunar Rover, or moon buggy, ran on electricity. The first of three rovers left on the moon by Apollo missions.
Bonus: The forgotten EV from the mid 70’s
The CitiCar was a small electric vehicle, first produced in Florida in 1974 by a startup company called Sebring-Vanguard, as partly in response to the mid-1970s fuel crisis.This car was pretty successful and produced 2.300 units at that time and because of that, Sebring-Vanguard became the top U.S. #6 auto manufacturers after GM, Ford, Chrysler, AMC, and Checker.
Although the cost of EVs is still 10% to 40% more expensive to buy than a gasoline-powered vehicles, in the next 10 years, electric vehicles will be the best option. They have so many benefits regarding increased energy efficiency and reduced pollution that caused the climate crisis.
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