9 interesting facts about electric vehicles that you may not know

9 interesting facts about electric vehicles that you may not know

Gone are the days when the only place to electric vehicles were in Sci-Fi or fantasy movies. Electric vehicles have become a part of the reality.

However, as more countries begin to show interest, many wonder how the electric vehicles operate and how sustainable they are.

Check out the key facts listed below to know more about electric vehicles.

1. Powered by electricity

As the name implies, an electric vehicle, also called an EV, uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. It uses electricity to power a battery. This means no gasoline, no dirty oil changes, and no internal combustion engine. Most new fully electric vehicles can drive 70-100 miles on one charge.

2. Energy-efficient

Electricle vehicle's energy-efficiency is unparalleled. Up to 80% of the energy in the battery is transferred directly to the vehicle to power up the engine, whereas in case of gasoline-powered vehicles, the number’s as low as 14 to 26 at the very most.

3. Easier to use

Electric vehicles are relatively safer to drive than their gasoline counterparts.The have low maintenance costs and are more environmental-friendly

4. Growing market

The electric car market is growing fast. The global EV market, according Carthrottle, was valued at USD 103,342 million in 2016 is now reportedly projected to reach almost USD 350,963 by 2023.

5. No emission of tailpipe pollutants

Electric vehicles don’t emit tailpipe pollutants, unlike gasoline-powered cars.

6. Expensive battery

The battery is reportedly the most most expensive part of an EV. The prices are, however, getting cheaper as a result of increasing technological advancements.

7. Safe driving

Electric Vehicles Are Safe to Drive

Electric vehicles still have to undergo the same safety testing and evaluations their fuel-powered counterparts are subject to. Even if the supply of electricity is cut in an accident, the airbags will still deploy.

8. Biggest electric vehicle market is in China

Electric vehicle sales in China accounted for 50% of total sales last year. Europe and the United States were the second and third largest markets. Even with all the sales, electric vehicles still make up just 0.2% of all cars in circulation.

9. EV models

Currently, There are about 43 EV models in the market and this number continues to rise with each passing year.

A few of these models are:

•Audi A3 e-tron

•Audi Q7 e-tron

•BMW 225xe, 330e, 530e, 740e, X5 xDrive40e

•Mercedes B250e, C350e, E350e, GLC350e, GLE550e, S550e

•Volvo S60 T8, V60 T8, XC90 T8:

•BMW i3

•BMW i8

•Chevy Bolt

•Chevy Volt

•Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

•Fiat 500e

•Ford C-Max Energi

•Ford Focus Electric

•Ford Fusion Energi

•Kia Soul EV

•Tesla Model S

•Tesla Model X

•Tesla Model 3

•Mitsubishi i-MiEV

•Mitsubishi Outlander,

•Volkswagen Passat GTE

•Volkswagen e-Golf & Golf GTE

•Toyota Prius Prime

•Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Germany had found a way to reduce the consumption of diesel and thereby stopping pollution causing climate change.

The German government has created is first ever power big rigs which allow trucks to get electric power through overhead cables. The project went live on Tuesday, May 8, and is the first ever that would be tested on a public road in Germany.

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