Electric Vehicles

Have you booked your hire car yet? Are you considering going CO2 free? Whether you are a tourist looking for adventure or arriving at your destination for business, it can always be interesting and fun to try something new. EVs are still a relatively new part of the car hire industry, and some customers may be dubious about choosing one. Here we will take a look at the Electric Vehicle, and perhaps put your mind at ease if you are considering going the carbonless route.

How Do Electric Vehicles Work?

Powering Your Electric Journey

The heart of an electric vehicle (EV) lies in its battery. Most electric cars use an auxiliary battery for accessories such as lights, dashboard, and infotainment systems. They also rely on a traction battery pack to power the electric motor. Located along the floor pan of the vehicle, this battery pack consists of thousands of Lithium-ion cells that generate electricity through chemical changes during charging.

Energy Conversion: Electric vs. Combustion Engines

Electric motors convert energy into mechanical energy to move the wheels, whereas combustion engines in petrol and diesel cars burn fuel to produce thermal energy. In hybrid vehicles, regenerative braking feeds energy back into the battery, utilising energy that would otherwise be lost in non electric cars. Charging electric cars and hybrids involves a charging point, which uses a charging port and onboard charger to convert external power into battery charge.

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Environmental Impact: The Green Choice

Reducing Emissions with Electric Cars

Electric cars are the environmentally friendly choice for several reasons. Their batteries last 10-20 years, compared to shorter-life batteries in traditional cars, resulting in less waste. Moreover, electric cars help reduce emissions. Since petrol and diesel cars burn fuel to produce power, they release harmful pollutants, such as CO2, through the exhaust system. In contrast, all-electric vehicles use electricity instead of fossil fuels, resulting in zero emissions from the car itself. Hybrids and plug in hybrids produce lower emissions than petrol and diesel powered cars, but they still generate some harmful exhaust fumes.

Making a Difference: CO2 Reduction

Replacing one diesel or petrol car with an electric vehicle can prevent an average of 1.5 million grams of CO2 from entering the environment. This significant reduction in emissions demonstrates the profound impact that adopting electric cars can have on preserving the planet for future generations.

The EV Battery Lifespan: Built to Last

Longevity and Waste Reduction

One of the advantages of electric vehicles is the longevity of their batteries. With a lifespan of 10-20 years, electric car batteries outlast those in traditional vehicles, leading to less waste and a greener future.

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The Future of Hire Car Travel is EV

As the world moves towards more sustainable transportation solutions, electric vehicles are increasingly shaping the future of hire car travel, and will revolutionise the car rental industry in the future.

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