This Simple Graphic Shows Us All How An Electric Car Works


Visualization makes is super simple to understand.

When Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current motor in 1887, he paved the way for the invention of the electric vehicle more than a century later. Electric vehicles could make gas- and diesel-powered vehicles obsolete by the year 2025, effectively ending the reign of the internal combustion engine. The acceptance of electric vehicles into car culture has already begun, with the Tesla Model S winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 2013.

Understanding how an electric vehicle works is actually much simpler than understanding how a gas- or diesel-powered car works. That’s why The Zebra created the below infographic — to help readers understand the basics of electric vehicles and how they are instrumental in changing our environment for the better.

Electric vehicles are more efficient in just about every way compared to our standard gas and diesel-powered engines. We highlighted some of the main reasons why electric vehicles are better below:

  • High performance – Electric vehicles have instant acceleration, allowing them to reach incredible speeds in seconds. The Tesla Model S is the second fastest production vehicle with a 0–to-60 mph time of 2.28 seconds.
  • No noise – With no internal combustion engine, electric vehicles are significantly quieter than gas or diesel powered vehicles.
  • No pollution – According to the EPA, motor vehicles collectively cause 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S. Electric vehicles produce no pollution at the vehicle level.
  • Lower maintenance and driving cost – With fewer mechanical parts and an overall simpler design, electric vehicles don’t risk the same mechanical issues that gas and diesel-powered vehicles do.

Electric vehicles are helping us pave the wave for real environmental change, but if you don’t have the resources to buy a new Tesla there are still many things you can do to help improve the world we live in. Consider using natural cleaners and reducing your plastic waste. When driving, stay calm and alert and make sure your vehicle’s maintenance and insurance are up-to-date.

Source: The Zebra

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13 Comments on "This Simple Graphic Shows Us All How An Electric Car Works"

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That’s pretty well-done, and covers all the essentials. The rotating magnetic field in a motor doesn’t actually fringe outside the housing, but hey, at least they showed it rotating, so kudos. This is all going to become common knowledge, just like our colloquial imagery of pistons moving up and down and spark plugs firing, which people typically see in motor oil commercials. Graphical imagery can really cut through clutter.

Yeah, even more hard hitting when it is true and not some fairy tale.

The electric vehicle was NOT invented 100 years after the AC motor. It was invented in the first decade or two of the 1900’s

Yeah – more fictions.

This was discussed at length earlier, but now the same old article is being release with new comments.

How about some real news? Like Ghosn being thrown out for stealing $89 million from Nissan, – HA!

I think Elon Is The Only Honest CEO Out There Period ! A Rare Breed ! The Rest Or Most of the Rest Are All LIARS CHEATS & THIEVES , That Haven’t been Caught Yet… 🙁 ….

He takes his money out honestly.

Actually, the electric vehicle was invented back in the 19th century, and was already in popular use by the 1890s…

Well, much of the explanation is rather specific to the Tesla Model S… Pretty well done, though 🙂

If you go to many electric car shows, many “S” owners do not think there are ANY other electric cars.

Regarding the article: Tesla did *not* invent the AC motor. There are various AC motor types — the induction motor invented by Tesla was not the first one. It was the first one using multiphase AC, though.

Where is that GREAT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING GENIUS – Pushi – complaining about DC Level 3 charging?

There are plenty of mistakes in the animation but he’ll only complain about that one, which is more along the lines of the way the SAE ORIGINALLY categorized things was a logical progression, – until – like little kids they couldn’t make up their minds.

The graphics failed to make known that there is a on board charger that converts AC power from you EVSE into DC voltage to charge the battery. Most people don’t know this.

They must use alternating current batteries in that case – after all the juice goes one direction when the batteries are being charged and then the other direction when someone is driving the car.