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EV Related Reference Information

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Electric Vehicles and Electrification: Another perspective.

Electric Vehicles and Electrification: Another perspective.

This topic contains subtopics on living with EVs, reference pages, and analysis of the impact of EVs and electrification on the world. As this is not a news site, the focus is on analysing the implications of news for these topics, rather reporting all EV or electrification news, for which I recommend Cleantechnica, InsideEVs and CNEVPOST. The focus of these pages is on how EVs and electrification will change our lives, and change the planet. As a species, we are currently transforming from combustion as our primary energy source, to an electronic age, where electricity is our energy source. Just how much of our lives are changed by this can be easy to overlook from the inside experiencing the steps as the occur.
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EV Batteries Reference: Benefits & Battery Technologies.

EV Batteries Reference: Benefits & Battery Technologies.

EV Recharging Reference: Not the new Refuelling.

EV Recharging Reference: Not the new Refuelling.

EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

Hybrids: Pros & Cons of HEV, PHEV, Gas/Petrol/Diesel (ICEV) or Electric?

Hybrids: Pros & Cons of HEV, PHEV, Gas/Petrol/Diesel (ICEV) or Electric?

EV Charging Systems: Reference

EV Charging Systems: Reference

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EV Literacy: AC, DC and Electric Motors for dummies.

For almost 100 years, people have grown up in an age of the internal combustion engine. For many people this has meant an understanding of engine capacity, cylinders, spark plugs, engine compression, crankshafts, valves, turbochargers, exhausts etc.

The bad news is that EVs mean so much that previous literacy is about to be consigned to history and replaced by induction and permanent magnet motors and other new terms.

The good news is, it is easy to build and EV literacy on the those ICEV foundations, so there is no need to feel illiterate in this new EV world.

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EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

There is a full exploration of recharging electric vehicles on another page, but there is an a “refuelling” alternative to recharging: battery swapping.

With electrical appliances in the past, when the batteries went flat, we swapped them. Then rechargeable batteries became popular so we could avoid throwing out the old batteries, but I swap first and then recharge. It turns out, we can also do that with cars, and it is happening already.

Battery swapping, take only around 5 minutes, but so does recharging the latest batteries. Battery swapping will likely play a key role in the future, but not necessarily the role many expect.

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EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

This is a look at range, covering from how range specs don’t mean what you would expect, through why range is so unlike that of fossil fuelled vehicles and optimising range is all about efficiency, through to what range is required around the town or on the highway.

Range with EVs is such a different experience that novices can feel anxiety, despite that in practice running out of charge happens around the same rate that cars run out of gas. While EV range is getting closer to ICEV range, most EVs, unlike the Lightyear One pictured here, aren’t solar and still don’t match the range of internal combustion engine cars, but the convenience of background charging means range with EVs is only relevant on relatively rare road trips.

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EV Recharging Reference: Not the new Refuelling.

This page covers charging equipment and what to install and how to charge at home, charging on road trips, through to the technical side, and a look at wireless and the future of charging, and how recharging requires a complete rethink from refuelling, but it can at least match the speed.

Public recharging infrastructure for EVs is growing, but recharging at home will be most important for most people. Fully benefiting from having an EV, requires understanding, being prepared for recharging.

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EV Batteries Reference: Benefits & Battery Technologies.

Batteries for EVs have progressed:

  • From: very expensive even while delivering an impractical range.
  • To: Less expensive with an acceptable range.

Only now in 2022, are batteries showing signs they can soon enable EVs price competitive and range competitive. With the new world of EVs, comes a whole new world of understanding cars, with batteries at the centre. This page provides background, the rethink batteries bring, the different battery technologies, though to how to car for batteries, and who makes what.

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EV Charging Systems: Reference

I have been exploring electric vehicles. What is needed to make them affordable, and what it is like to live with them. When exploring charging, the charging systems became so complex that I have extracted what I found as its own exploration, which I plan to keep updated as a reference. It currently does need an update for wireless charging, but some information can be found on my exploration of the logistics of charging.

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EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

The key specification for EVs so far has been ‘range’. But how are the numbers measured, will range specific match reality, and can the number even be compared?

It turns out there are even 3 different standards for measuring range, and they give very different answers!

Further, why have we moved from ‘economy’ to ‘range’? Is there still even economy with EVs?

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