Our government remains resolute that 2030 will see the end of production on gas-powered cars, and whether that will ultimately be possible or not, we will be seeing more and more EVs make it to the market in that time. Let’s face it, none of us really care about the environment or polar bears or some such nonsense, more importantly, there is the fact that unless the electricity is generated from green sources like wind or solar, it’s pretty much circling back to the same problem we started with. Like Nitin Gadkari’s stellar idea to use coal — which incidentally is perhaps the dirtiest of the fossil fuel family in terms of pollutants released — to power electric cars. The point here is that the shift to electric cars is inevitable; and before we pick up our pitchforks and call them glorified toasters or hair dryers, it’s important to give them a fighting chance for what they are worth. They have a lot going in their favour, aside from the fact that they in their existence are essentially a kick in the gonads to the fossil fuel lobby. Here are some cool places where Electric cars simply outperform petrol or diesel vehicles.
The way electric motors are set up as you can see from the graph. You get max torque from the get-go, max torque, incidentally, equals max acceleration. Which is why the Tesla Model S, even though it’s four-door-ladder-fitting body is far from a supercar, can obliterate most modern supercars in a straight line drag race, despite the later being lighter and in fact more built for this kind of debauchery. What’s more is because this torque band is so linear, it even sends the power in a more even way to the wheels. The graph above shows how the torque works, both lose torque in the upper range of rpm but the EV has straight up brute force from the moment you hit the throttle
Your conventional car needs a transmission to properly channelize the power send to wheels. An electrical motor needs only one small transverse gearbox to properly channel the weight. Not only does this reduce the weight, it drastically reduces mechanical resistance. Mechanical resistance in simpler terms is the force lost, in actually moving the smaller gears in the gearbox. Which means that the loss of power in its journey to the wheels is drastically increased in EVs, which means you get more realistic power from your engine.. Erm.. motor. Finally, less moving parts means that according to Murphy’s law you have less things that can go wrong, this means that EVs will be a lot more reliable than your standard car as well!
In an electric vehicle, at any point, you press the throttle you get that much corresponding torque. This is something that easily be tuned into an electric car. A fuel-powered car is not so simple, from 5 percent throttle to 15% input you’re like to get more power than you are from 90-100% throttle input. Which means that it will be a lot easier to manage throttle input thereby meaning that it will be a lot easier to drive.
No Brake Fade (Regenerative Power)
Now this is not to say that the brakes on an electric car won’t fade at all, but most modern electric cars have systems to take the energy lost during braking and use it to recharge the battery which means that you can use a small generator on the brakes, allowing you to use smaller brakes than otherwise conventionally required in gas powered cars .Removing the energy/heat that causes brake fade means that you can theoretically run a pair of brake pad much longer, and even run it longer on the track before there is any noticeable brake fade.
Conventional cars need fuel tanks, gearboxes and an engine which need to placed in alignment so as to best align the weight. In an EV, you have a few hundred laptop batteries that sit where the motor is usually placed.This means that you can place the weight flat and really low so the car maximises its grip and lowers its centre of gravity which are both really great for handling. Meaning more grip and less drag.
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