One of the goals of many people who are trying to reverse the negative things that we are doing to the environment every day is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy. Electric vehicles are springing up all over the place and are definitely a product that adds less pollution to the air and uses less energy than its more standard counterparts. If you're thinking of replacing your current vehicle with an electric car or just want to learn a little more about how they work, then we can tell you all of the basics.

When you look at the outside of an electric car and you compare it with the other vehicles that are on the road you will not see much of a difference between the two designs. The changes that are made to make a car run on electricity are all under the hood and most people notice that the biggest difference is that an electric car makes almost no noise when it runs. The gasoline engine in these cars is replaced with an electric motor and that is powered by a controller. There are several rechargeable batteries that feed the controller.

If someone working in collision repair were to look under the hood of a standard car then they would likely see a lot of pipes and things that look like plumbing thanks to the fact that gas and other fluids need to get from place to place in this car. An electric car is more full of wiring than these tubes.

There are three different electric cars that you will see on the market today. The most popular are hybrid electric vehicles, which have both electric power and a combustible engine. Plug-in hybrid vehicles have slightly less of a dependence on their combustible engine and purchase a car that is all electric then you will need to plug it into a power source all the time before you take it out. There is no back-up system if you were to run out of power on the way.

The three main benefits that you are getting from trading in the car you have outside of your house plans with a hybrid or all electric model is that you're sending less emissions into the air, you are getting better fuel economy, and will be saving money in the long run on fuel costs. Hybrid and all electric cars still come with a higher price tag than their standard counterparts but most people are finding that it is worth the additional initial cost.

A few electric vehicles you may have heard of:

Chevrolet Volt
Smart Car
Ford Focus Electric

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