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The ownership of electric vehicles is on the rise all across the United States. This eco-friendly automobile option is becoming more affordable, and it's a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. If you're in the market for a new vehicle and are looking for something different, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive encourages you to check out some of the electric models that we have on-site right now. If you're new to the electric market, let's talk about some of the basics you need to know.

How Do Electric Vehicles Work?

Electric vehicles run off of batteries instead of gas or diesel. This electricity comes from a rechargeable battery that is hooked up to an electric motor, rather than gasoline-burning oil within an internal combustion engine. This motor will power the wheels just like a gasoline-powered engine would. While the process of powering your electric vehicle is a bit more complicated than this, it's pretty straightforward regardless of what make or model you choose. All-electric cars will convert direct current to alternating current to transfer the motor's right amount of power.

Producing Torque

Electric vehicles can produce all of their torque at much slower speeds than a conventional motor. Different gears aren't needed for this process. When it comes to the setup, electric motors are set up very similarly to an automatic transmission conventional vehicle. Something else you'll notice is the reduced noise. The power pulsations occur at a frequency that is far beyond what we can hear as humans.

Range of Power

Gasoline-powered vehicles can run for a longer duration than an electric model. Electric vehicle range can be affected by weather; running the heater during cold weather decreases range. Highway driving, unlike for gas-powered vehicles, doesn't result in better EPA fuel economy. So EVs usually get better mileage in stop-and-go city driving because they can recapture energy when decelerating.

Most electric vehicle range is at least more than 100 miles on a charge, with the Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevrolet Bolt EV, and Kia Niro EV taking you about 250 miles before needing a charge. Charging time has also improved, with many batteries taking 3 to 12 hours to fully recharge and fast charging capabilities taking as little as 30 minutes to get up to 80% capacity. With this rapidly improving battery charging technology, we'll likely see electric vehicles being able to last for much longer as the technology improves.

If you would like to learn more about the electric vehicle market, visit our dealership network, and search for your favorite electric vehicle. Our dealers are happy to share more information with you, and they'll show you the current EV inventory at their location. You can even get behind the wheel for a test drive so you can see how smoothly and silently these vehicles drive while on the road.

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