Why Not All Electric Cars Are The Same – SlashGear

The third and final major type of “electric car” is BEVs, or Battery Electric Vehicles. As its name suggests, these cars run entirely off electricity from battery packs. Many of the most well-known electric cars are BEVs, with Tesla’s entire range, the Porsche Taycan, and the Nissan Leaf all falling into this category. Relying solely on batteries requires a much larger, heavier battery pack than a hybrid vehicle, but this extra weight is usually offset by the lack of a gasoline motor and the comparative simplicity of the drivetrain.

Anxiety about the range of a BEV has long been considered one of the key hindrances to their widespread adoption. But, in recent years, technology has improved, and the longest-range cars can now go over 300 miles on a single charge. Price is also often a sticking point, with a 2020 study showing that EVs cost 45% more to make than their gasoline counterparts, leading to higher prices for the consumer. However, that cost is decreasing over time, and a Bloomberg study suggests that, by 2027, BEVs will become cheaper to produce than gasoline cars. Battery EVs are, in theory, the greenest form of electric car, as they produce zero emissions from driving. That theory is not without its flaws, however.


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