Combustion engines and electric cars

By Product Expert | Posted in Dealership, FAQs, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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Do electric cars have combustion engines?

In today’s world, it is becoming more and more important to various people that society invests in electric cars that produce less CO2 emissions. Although you might want that new SUV or Crossover, the big push right now is electric cars. But, do electric cars have combustion engines like other vehicles? The short answer is no. Keep reading below to learn more about the difference between a combustion engine and the engine in an electric car.  

2019 Nissan LeafWhat is a combustion engine?

Remember the basics from science class. When we are talking about combustion, it is just a fancy way of saying burning.

There are two types of combustion engines. They are an internal combustion engine and an external combustion engine. The internal combustion engine, or ICE, takes in a tiny amount of fuel and air into the cylinder, it is compressed, your vehicles ignites the fuel and the piston is pushed down which basically is the reason your vehicles moves, and the air is cleared out so that this process can be done again.

An external combustion engine combusts the fuel outside of the engine, that is then used to heat water and create steam, the pressure from the steam moves the piston, and that is how your vehicle’s wheels move and other mechanical devices in your vehicle are powered.

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people recharging their 2019 Hyundai KonaSo, are combustion engines in electric cars?

No, electric cars do not have either type of combustion engine discussed above. Instead, they have an electric motor. These vehicles use electricity that is stored in a battery pack to turn the wheels and make the motor run. One of the nice features that most electric cars have is when they are idling at a stoplight, they will turn off. This will help conserve the battery and help it run longer before needing to be recharged.

Instead of having to visit a gas station to keep your motor running, you simply have to plug your vehicle’s engine into an outlet in the garage or at a local charging station to charge it. Electric vehicles can travel pretty far on a single charge. They typically can go 70-100 miles before needing to be recharged again. However, some vehicles can travel up to 265 miles.

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