Electric cars - Future of driving
- No fuel required
Electric cars run on electricity and do not require any fuel. Electricity is much cheaper than fuel, which means you can save a lot of money.
- Less maintenance cost
As electric cars are powered by electric motors, they do not require oil to lubricate the engine. Also, a lot of other expensive engine work needed for a gas-powered car is not required in this case. A basic check-up is good if you keep your electric car in good condition and drive safely.
- Better for environment
With an electric engine operating on a closed circuit, electric cars do not emit any harmful gases, which are usually associated with global warming. This leads the way to a cleaner and greener environment.
Why switch to electric cars
Better for you and the environment
Electric cars are convenient to drive as they do not have any gears to worry about. They have a lower center of gravity offering better handling, comfort, and responsiveness. Smooth acceleration and deceleration of the electric engine lead to a better driving experience.
While electric cars have a high upfront cost, their low running costs, low maintenance, green tax credits, and longer battery life make them cost-effective.
To do your part of saving the planet from carbon emissions, you can switch to an electric car. Unlike ICE-powered cars, electric cars run on 100 percent renewable energy and do not emit greenhouse gases and exhaust fumes.
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Electric car is equipped with a battery, which is considered as its main source of energy. The lithium-ion battery is the most common type of battery used in electric cars that is also available in most portable electronic devices. These are recyclable which makes them a good choice for the environment. These can be easily charged with a home-based charging station or fast-charging stations available in cities.
In place of the complex powertrains available on conventional cars, the electric car has an electric motor. Usually, there is one electric motor that drives the power from the batteries and transmits it to the ground. A dual-motor or three or four individual motors setup can also be there for each wheel. The electric motor is compact and thus offers more interior space. Other advantages associated with it are noiseless, pollution-free operation, and instant peak torque delivery.
As electric cars have the same lithium-ion type of battery available in most portable electronic devices, their process of charging is almost like that. For this, a special adaptor is required to connect with a power source. It comes with the car or is also sold separately. The electric car can be easily recharged through house electricity or dedicated EV recharging stations.
Electric Cars in Malaysia
The Malaysian electric car market is presently in the very initial phase of growth. With NAP 2020 and the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint 2021-2030, the country is developing the necessary charging infrastructure and planning to roll out tax incentives on the purchase of electric cars. Along with that, the national carmakers Proton and Perodua are involved in manufacturing technology domestically. The non-national automakers like Nissan, Honda Hyundai, and BMW are also contributing to the development of the Malaysian electric cars market. All these need to go hand-in-hand for a sustainable transition to electromobility in the country by the next decade.
Electric cars do not have an internal combustion engine, rather they come with an electric motor powered by a large battery pack. The battery can be recharged through a wall socket or portable charger.
Electric cars do not need any oil change because there is no oil used in the electric engines.
Depending on the battery capacity and the type of charger, an electric car takes 30 minutes or as long as a half-day for recharging.
A mid-sized 22-kWh battery pack delivers a range of around 130 to 160 km on a full charge.
Electric cars are just like computers or mobile phones, which can be recharged easily at home with the help of an EV charger and a wall socket.
The difference between a hybrid car and an electric car is that the hybrid car gets some of its energy from the combustion engine while a pure-electric car derives all of its power from a battery pack.
The hybrid cars available in Malaysia are Honda City Hybrid, Nissan Serena-S Hybrid, and BMW 330e M-Sport. Included in the list of electric cars are Nissan Leaf, Porsche Taycan, and Mini Cooper SE.
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