How an electric car battery works

How an Electric Car Battery Works

A car can be a wonderful thing. It takes you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go there, even if those places aren’t served by public transportation. In fact, a lot of our modern lives would be negatively impacted if we didn’t have cars. Our cars get us to our jobs, grocery stores, schools or just to the mall. But as wonderful as they are to us, they also have some serious downfalls. Two of these downfalls are that they cost so much to maintain and they also pollute our atmosphere with noxious gases.

Air pollution has become a huge problem in many of our urban areas, and with the prices of gasoline at an all time high, the internal combustion engine might soon become a luxury that our society simply cannot afford.

Not many people would advocate giving up their cars all together, but is there not a way that we can have the power and convenience of an automobile without having the pollution and expense caused by burning gasoline? Fortunately for us, there is. Many of us are under the impression that the cars of the future will be powered not by gasoline but by electricity. In fact, these electric cars that are also known as EVs or just electric vehicles, are not so futuristic at all. . . Believe it or not, the electric vehicle has been around since the first half of the 19th century, however, even today in the 21st century, the internal combustion engines are still ruling. So why haven’t electric vehicles caught on?

The heart of an electric vehicle is its battery. Unlike batteries in motor cars, which mainly serve to start the engine and run things like the radio or air conditioner, the battery in an electric car runs everything. The most important aspect is that the battery runs a controller which then runs the electric motor, therefore it needs to be powerful and long-lasting enough to take the driver where they want to go with a minimum of recharging.

Thus, far no reliable, mass-producible batteries have been manufactured that could make an electric car competitive with a gas-powered car. However, this is beginning to change. Electric cars have now become realistic and are expected to start being produced by huge automobile manufacturers.

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