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How Electric Cars Work: The Basics of Electric Cars

| Articles | December 23, 2009

If you watch TV today, you may see plenty of cool and modern gadgets being featured in the news all the time. Some are still prototypes while you will also find gadgets that are already available in the market today. One such modern gadget is the electric car.

Electric cars are now considered to be the “in” thing today. Because of the fact that it will enable you to save a lot of money on gasoline or diesel, electric cars are becoming more and more popular among a lot of people. In addition to that, electric cars produce no pollution at all, which means that you will be contributing a lot to the environment and help fight global warming.

Basically, electric cars are powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. From the outside, you really won’t have any idea that the car you are looking at is electric as electric car models today are now being designed to look like a conventional car. This means that you won’t look geeky when you drive an electric car. In fact, some people are even converting gasoline powered cars in to electric, which means that you really can’t tell if the car is electric or not unless you look under the hood.

Because the electric car uses pure electricity to work, there will be no combustion inside the motor like the ones you will get in gasoline engines. Because there will be no combustion or explosion, the electric car will run silently. In fact, the noisiest part when you drive an electric car is the wheels rolling on the pavement.

Electric cars run purely on electricity. This means that the car will be carrying battery cells in order to store electricity to power the car or the electric motor. Because of the huge advancement in technology, electric car batteries are now lighter, smaller and are also able to last longer in a single charge. Overall, this means that you will be able to drive electric cars in cross country trips unlike before where you can only drive electric cars inside the city.

The batteries for electric cars can also be charged very fast. This means that you can go on cross country trips and charge your car while you eat lunch during the trip.

Today, you have to consider that the electric car technology is still in its infancy. It’s basically why electric cars are not yet being driven by majority of people. However, if better batteries are researched and developed, it won’t be long that you will be able to see that all people will be driving electric cars.

If you want to save money on gasoline but you are not so sure about electric cars, you may want to settle for hybrid electric cars. This particular model is basically an electric car and a gasoline car. This uses both technologies in order to share the load which will enable you to save a lot of money.

Electric cars may not be perfect today, but if you take a look at how fast its development is, you can bet on it that you will soon see people driving electric cars and will soon start selling their old conventional gasoline powered cars and switch to electric.

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