What's different between Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs)?

Electric Vehicles are a (relatively) new type of vehicle that runs on electricity. Electrical energy is used to drive electric motors which move the car. Since it requires electricity to run, these vehicles usually retain a large electric battery and are recharged instead of 'refuelled'.

Internal Combustion Engines are vehicles that are (currently) more common. They run on petrol and rely on the burning of the fuel to produce movement. There aren't many differences from a driver perspective between the two vehicles, but there are a few things to be aware of:

1. Regenerative braking

Electric vehicles have a clever mechanism that allows it to recover a bit of energy every time you brake the car, making it more efficient than releasing all the energy as heat through friction. A video showing a Hyundai Kona Electric's regenerative braking system can be viewed here:

2. Driving Experience

Electric vehicles come with electric motors and electric motors... have a lot of torque! This means that almost instant acceleration can be expected when compared to an equivalent ICEs.

Some people have compiled reactions to this:

You can see it in some reviews:

3. Charging the EV

Simply open the charging port and plug in the correct charger into the charging port. The car will automatically detect the charger in the charging port and light up green when the vehicle is charging.

You can see some of the basics of charging here:

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