An automobile that uses an electric motor as the primary source of propulsion, an electric vehicle (EV) use electrical energy which is stored in rechargeable batteries. One of the primary benefits of an electric car is the lack of tailpipe emissions. And the good news is that one of the drawbacks, limited options for repair, is a thing of the past. Genesis Automotive Service is among the service centers qualified to expertly repair electric cars and hybrid vehicles. We are uniquely qualified to diagnose and repair this type of vehicle. So, don’t let the fear of high costs from dealer service centers keep you from joining the ecology crazy.
EV commonly refers to three main types of automotive drivetrains:
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
A “true” electric vehicle, a BEV is a “true” electric car. Battery electric cars store electricity on board with high-capacity battery packs. The power is used to run onboard electronics as well as main-drive electric motors. These are powered by electricity from an external source, an electrical outlet or specialty electric vehicle charging stations.
Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV)
A hybrid has a two-part drive system, a conventional fuel engine and an electric drive. These include an ICE engine, fuel tank, transmission as well as a battery pack and electric motor. Some HEVs only have a small electric motor and battery system to propel the vehicles at low speeds. Other HEVs may have smaller fuel engines and relatively larger electric drives. Fuel or electric power drives the vehicle is propelled, either by fuel or electric power, depending on make and model.
Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (pHEV)
Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (pHEV) are like HEVs, with the exception that the proportion of energy used to propel the vehicle is electricity instead of fuel. These vehicles feature larger electrical drives and battery storage capacity than HEVs. HEVS come equipped with a smaller internal combustion engine. pHEVs engage the fuel engine when battery electricity is running low or to replace the electric drivetrain when more power is required. You can drive pHEVs entirely using electrical energy.
How do you charge an electric car?
Charging an electric car is easy at an outlet or charging station. Most EV owners charge their vehicle at home or at work. Public charging stations are also available at gas stations, parking lots, retail and grocery stores. All the equipment required to charge an electric car typically comes included. Typically, this is an electrical cord which plugs into the vehicle and into a standard household power outlet. Aftermarket solutions can provide faster charging for electric vehicles. Two types of EV chargers exist — ‘Smart’ (networked) or ‘Dumb’ (non-networked) chargers.
Level Two Charging (220v or 240v)
- Requires the installation of a specialized station which provides power at 220v or 240v and up to 30 amps.
- Find Level two stations at workplaces or at public charging locations, though some homeowners install a station at home.
- Installation requires wiring and mounting of a charging ‘pylon’ and cord.
- Typically used for workplace public charging.
- Can take four hours to recharge from a depleted battery.
Level Three charging (480v)
- Currently the fastest charging solution for electric vehicles.
- Charging times for electric vehicles vary greatly:
- Level 1 – 290 minutes
- Level 2 – 115 minutes
- Level 3 – 23 minutes
Cost of an Electric Car
Owning an electric vehicle is an investment that will pay off the more you drive. A wide range of electric vehicles are available. As a result, the purchase price of a new electric vehicle varies widely based upon the make, model, type, package and accessories. When considering the cost of an electric vehicle, don’t forget to consider factors beyond the initial purchase price:
- New vehicle rebate programs
- Cost to operate the vehicle
- Utility or charging rebates
- Repair costs
Auto Repair in Covina
If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, the best place to bring your gas-powered or electric/hybrid vehicle is Genesis Auto Service in Covina. We serve the communities of Azusa, City of Industry, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, Walnut, and West Covina…to name a few. Established by owner/master mechanic Carl Walker and a former partner, Genesis offers honest and dependable automotive repair and maintenance services, which is a far cry from how many profit-focused dealer service centers treat their customers.