How Electric Car Batteries Are Made: From Mining To Driving

Individual cell layer with cathode, anode, separator and aluminium foil.

The massive 300-550 kg battery packs that go into electric cars are probably the most important component by far, just like the importance of an internal combustion engine to a traditional car. However, the journey that these lithium-ion batteries make when being produced is a very interesting one: from multiple (sometimes unsafe) mines in far-off … Read more

26 Electric Car Advantages and Disadvantages

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As we seen in our ‘how do electric cars work?’ article, EVs work completely differently to conventional, fossil-fuel powered cars. They are also starting to rise up and disrupt the car market like never before. They’re definitely interesting, so what are the advantages and disadvantages of electric cars? (15) Advantages 1. Zero tailpipe emissions Electric cars are … Read more

What Do Hydrogen Cars Sound Like?

The BMW Hydrogen i8 on a race track

Hydrogen fuel cell cars work quite differently to conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, in that they are essentially an electric hybrid – but with fuel cells replacing the noisy combustion engine. But how does this affect their sound? Are they quiet like EVs, or still as noisy as ICE cars? Some background Combustion engines are known … Read more

Can Electric Car Chargers Electrocute You In The Rain?

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If it’s raining when you go to plug in your (now wet) electric car charger, is there a danger of an electrical short, or even electrocution? I certainly hope not, but since water conducts electricity it’s something that’s understandable to wonder about: hence this article. The basics All modern electric car charging stations abide by … Read more

14 Interesting Facts About Hybrid Cars

A teaser image of the Toyota Prius all-wheel drive

Hybrid cars – whether conventional or PHEVs – are an interesting mix of both gasoline-powered parts (such as the gasoline fuel tank and the internal combustion engine) and electric-powered parts (such as the battery pack and electric motor). Whilst they were first popularised by Hollywood celebs driving about a Toyota Prius, they’ve been around longer than this: … Read more

Electric Cars Aren’t Green: Myth Or Truth? We Take A Look!

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The great thing about buying and driving an electric car is that you’re doing your bit for the environment… or are you? Some people claim that electric cars are actually bad for the environment. Is this true? Are you better off with your noisy, gas-guzzling 4×4 instead? The basics When looking at the overall environmental footprint of … Read more