Electric Vehicle Technology and Expectations Like them or not, it’s undeniable that electric vehicles are gaining popularity in the market. And that they will become more and more common in the future. Electric Vehicle Technology has seen some interesting developments in the past few years. With more and more companies investing in technology. There are currently two main types of electric vehicles on the market today. Those with short-range and those with long-range, of which have different advantages and disadvantages. Here’s what you need to know about these technologies before making your next purchase.
Types of EVs
There are four main types of EVs: battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). BEVs are fully electric, with no internal combustion engine. PHEVs have a small gasoline engine that provides additional power to the motor when needed. Both have benefits and drawbacks, which we’ll explore further in the next section. HEVs, on the other hand, only burn gasoline; they generate electricity to move their wheels with a generator powered by their engines. The last type of EV is NEV small neighborhood car designed to transport just one or two people. For short distances at low speeds.
EV over a combustion engine vehicle
The first advantage of an EV is pure economics. EVs, depending on the electricity rates where you live, will likely cost less to operate than a gasoline vehicle. The second reason is that EVs are kinder to the environment. If your car gets most of its electricity from a coal-fired power plant. It’s very true that driving a Tesla in San Francisco produces more CO2 than a Toyota Prius. But if you use solar or wind power, or at least relatively clean sources such as hydroelectricity or natural gas. You’re driving the cleanest vehicle possible—one that produces zero emissions in operation.
Disadvantages of EV over Engine vehicle
The major disadvantage for an EV over a combustion engine vehicle is its limited range due to the size of the battery pack. Current lithium-ion batteries are capable of storing enough energy to travel a couple of hundred miles at most, which limits the practical application. An electric car can only be truly competitive with a combustion engine vehicle if there is a recharging infrastructure available at every point of interest in addition to every home, office, and public space. With charging stations rare even today and expected to remain that way for quite some time, EV technology needs major improvements before it can reach ubiquity. The limitations with current battery technology also mean that EVs cannot be used for heavy-duty applications as they require larger batteries than those found in EVs and generate more heat from their added weight from carrying additional materials.
How long does it take to charge?
The short answer is the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle varies depending on which charger you use, the level of charge already in the battery if you’re charging at home or at a public charging station, and what your local electric rates are. Many newer models have a range of more than 100 miles on a single charge but they typically take between 5-8 hours to fully recharge. If you’re low on power, it may not be possible to get enough juice to make your destination in one trip, so plan accordingly. Car manufacturers are working hard to make the technology more efficient though so don’t worry – these things will only get better!
Charging stations across Canada
Canada currently has 30 charging stations available for public use. Most charging stations are located in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba. The following provinces have a few charging stations available for the public to use: Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (2), New Brunswick (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador