Over the last decade, there has been a rise in the popularity of the electric motor. This is particularly the case in cars, but also in motors used in manufacturing and the shipping industry. The electric motor is a very effective alternative to the traditional combustion engine and provides several advantages when used. Cars with completely electric motors and with motors that are a hybrid of electric and combustion have taken the auto market by storm. These vehicles are swiftly becoming some of the most popular models in the history of car manufacturing. Because of this popularity, some must wait months or even years to buy their chosen electric vehicle.
In fact hese are becoming so popular, there are news reports coming out left and right. Here is an excerpt from a recent report on the competitive landscape of these vehicles.
The report also covers the complete competitive landscape of the worldwide market with company profiles of key players such as AB Volvo Group, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Chrysler Group LLC, Daimler AG, and Fiat Spa., Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Hyundai Motor Company, Isuzu Motors Ltd, Mazda Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., PSA Peugeot Citroën S.A, Renault SA, Suzuki Motor Corp., Toyota Motor Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd, and Volkswagen AG. A detailed description of each has been included, with information in terms of H.Q, future capacities, key mergers & acquisitions, financial overview, partnerships, collaborations, new product launches, new product developments and other latest industrial developments. Via medgadget.com
Perhaps the primary benefit of an electric motor is that it doesn’t burn fossil fuel, so it doesn’t emit pollutants and toxins into the air. Driving an electric car is one sure way to help protect the environment. The newer models boast electric engines which provide real power to the vehicle. This helps overcome the negative perception that electrical cars aren’t powerful enough to keep up with traditional combustion engine vehicles.
One of the reasons for this popularity is the fuel efficiency of the electric motor. They are also designed well, with little waste or extra components. They are compact and can fit in a much smaller space leaving room in the car for storage. Most are powered by AC motor technology, meaning they use batteries which are recharged by the vehicle’s engine. When the engine is running, it charges the batteries which then take over when the engine is off. Electric motors have fewer moving parts than traditional combustion engines so are less vulnerable to mechanical breakdown.
Electric engines also do not create a lot of friction so do not suffer the wear and tear of a combustion engine. The electrical energy is immediately transformed into motion, so there is no hesitancy when accelerating. Electric engines are also very low-maintenance. They do not use coolants or oil and are very quiet when operating. There are no gears to wear out, only a sensor for forward and backward movement. There is no radiator or any oil filters or gas lines.
The electric motor doesn’t use a clutch to get the motor moving, and braking energy recharges the batteries. Electric engines run at almost a 90 percent fuel efficiency rate meaning while the car is running it almost entirely recharges the batteries. Compared to a combustion engine with an only 40 percent fuel efficiency, the electric engine is clearly the better cost-effective option.
Electric vehicle motors recharge themselves when they are idling. They use the kinetic energy to charge the car batteries. Even if you are driving a hybrid vehicle that uses both an electric engine and a combustion engine, the electric engine will do most of the powering with the combustion engine taking over only when the electric engine needs to recharge or doesn’ have enough power to move the vehicle at a safe speed. Driving an electric car will indeed save money on fuel and maintenance costs and the demand for electric vehicles is forcing more to be manufactured which is driving down the price. Even if the purchase price is more than a traditional combustion engine vehicle, the savings in fuel and benefits to the environment are usually worth it.
Another benefit of owning an electric vehicle is the tax break you can get for going electric. There are several tax breaks and tax credits that consumers can benefit from on their annual federal taxes. There may also be state tax benefits for owning an electric vehicle.
If you would like to drive an electric car, but don’t want to buy a new one, you could try converting your existing vehicle. It helps if you have advanced skills in auto mechanics or you could hire someone to do it for you. When you convert your car to electric, you have a choice of a DC or AC motor. DC stands for direct current and AC stands for alternating current. Most of today’s electric and hybrid vehicles use AC motors. These motors are lighter than the DC motors and may be modified to charge the vehicle as it is braking.
While AC motors are usually more expensive than DC, in the long run, they are better on fuel consumption since they weigh less than DC motors. Being able to recharge the batteries is also helpful since it can reduce the amount of time you have to plug in the vehicle to recharge.
Converting your car to an electric car can be very rewarding, especially if you are looking for a way to help save the environment at the same time you are saving money on fuel, repairs, and maintenance.
Choosing to own an electric vehicle is a choice to help the earth. It is also a conscious decision to save money and reduce fossil fuel consumption.