What is the difference between an electric car and a petrol car?

Virtually none of them can drive one. The electric car is engineered to be as easy to drive as a petrol car with an automatic gearbox. All components of the electric car are identical: brake, accelerator, steering wheel.

An electric car’s hood has an electric motor, whereas a petrol car would have a piston engine. It also has a large battery and a larger tank than a petrol tank. It doesn’t require an exhaust pipe. The radiator might still be there to cool the battery and motor, or to power air conditioning. Although there may be one motor per wheel in principle, mine has just one motor at the front, just like an FWD car. To make the motor behave like a petrol car, the accelerator and brake pedals are connected to a computer. The computer tells the motor when it brakes to turn on a generator and charge the battery (regenerative brakes). However, if you brake hard enough there are normal brakes with pads as an alternative.

You don’t have to fill up at a station every day with petrol, but you can plug your electric car into your home and drive it overnight. It might cost you a quarter of the price to fuel an electric car depending on where you live. You might get only 1/4 to 1/2 as much range in a petrol car (full-tank to dry tank), but public charging stations can be found at many shopping centers and hotels.


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