How do Electric Cars work?

With all the vehicles around the world causing pollution from the use of petrol and diesel emissions, car designers are turning to electric engines – which can use energy from cleaner sources.

So, how does this new electric car invention work? Well let us explain as it is very different from when the first cars hit the road during the late 1800s.

The hydrogen tank can store enough fuel to power the car for 280 miles, because the fuel cell chemically reacts hydrogen from the tank with oxygen from the air to make electricity.

The rechargeable battery stores energy, this is released when the car brakes and so that helps the fuel cell power the car.

The power drive unit works like a gearbox and this makes more electricity flow from the battery to the motor and because the electric motor is light and compact it turns the front wheels to drive the car along.

The only negative thing about this new age car, is that they cannot be called 100% eco-friendly, because their batteries have to be charged by electricity.

Most electricity comes from power stations burning dirty fuels, and these add to global warming.

But at least the car manufacturers are looking at some way to create a great car by being environmentally friendlier than your average petrol or diesel vehicle.