At a glance:
- Electric vehicles are rapidly growing in popularity in the UK
- Electric vehicles might look similar to traditional cars, but they run on very different principles
- Find out what makes EVs different, and how electric cars actually work
- Learn the essentials of EV battery technology and motors
- What is an electric vehicle?
- What types of electric cars are there?
- How are electric cars made?
- What are the inner parts of an electric car?
- Key components of an all-electric car
- How does an electric car engine work?
- How do electric car batteries work?
- How does electric car charging work?
Are you thinking of buying your first electric vehicle (EV)? You’re not alone. Over 600,000 new EVs were sold across the UK in 2022, according to Zap-Map. Meanwhile, a Which? survey found that 1 in 3 Brits plan to make their next car an electric one.
Now, if you’ve always driven petrol or diesel cars, you may well have a few questions about how electric vehicles work. The biggest difference, of course, is that EVs use electricity from a rechargeable battery pack to drive them forward, rather than burning liquid fuels as in traditional cars. There are also a few other important differences to be aware of.
So, how do electric cars work? Let’s get up to speed with the tech.