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Electric Vehicle University - 101 Introduction

There are lots of people who don't know very much at all about electric vehicles. Sure they've heard the hype and they've listened to the criticism, but what are EVs anyway?

A discussion of the differences between electric vehicles (EVs) and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is presented. The basic components of the ICE vehicle are discussed and the overall simplicity of EVs is emphasized. To obtain a copy of the EVU study guide for this and other available EVU courses, please complete the form on this page.

Course level: Introductory

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Electric Vehicle University - 101 Introduction

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  2. 2. 2 EVs—An Introduction EV-101 This course is presented as part of Evannex University—a free, open learning environment that presents concise, video-based mini-courses for those who have interest in electric vehicles (EVs) …
  3. 3. Welcome to Evannex University 3
  4. 4. The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) 4
  5. 5. The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) 5
  6. 6. ICE Vehicles 6 ICE Vehicles Others incl Evs • 99% of the marketplace • Many improvements: • better reliability • better fuel economy • lower emissions • But EVs are coming on • battery tech • manufacturing tech
  7. 7. Electric Vehicles “… unproven!” “… scary” “… too little range” “… a golf cart” 7 Too often, the image people have …
  8. 8. EVs—New Tech, Right?  Nope!  EVs have been around for over 100 years!  EVs were among the earliest automobiles  EVs held many land speed and distance records  EVs out-sold gasoline-powered vehicles. 8
  9. 9. Then why did ICE prevail? ICE vehicles won out because:  Improved roads  Cheap gasoline  The electric starter  The muffler  Mass production made them cheap 9
  10. 10. EV Basics Battery Electric Motor(s) Control electronics Regenerative braking 10 … simpler … a lot simpler …
  11. 11. What’s Missing? Crank shaft, pistons, cylinders, connecting rods, fuel injection system, exhaust system (manifold, pipes, muffler, tail pipe), transmission (!), radiator, alternator, oil pump, timing belt, … Consumables: belts, engine oil, oil filter, antifreeze, air filter, … 11
  12. 12. Simple is Good  Fewer parts  Fewer consumables  In addition …  More, not less, convenience  Energy efficient  Environmentally friendly  It’s proven, not scary. 12
  13. 13. Summary EVs introduce a new jargon, new ideas But EVs aren’t new  Dominant vehicle 100 years ago  Today, they’re beginning to challenge ICE cars yet again “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” 13
  14. 14. 14 … a free study guide for all EVU mini-courses is available for download from our website … For a complete list of mini- courses and the study guide, visit: www.evannex.com