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Battery as a key component in utility vehicles

12 June 2023

In recent years, battery technology has advanced significantly, allowing electric cars to be more efficient and have a longer range. In reality, however, this is something that has been around for a long time. In this article we look at how far back electric vehicles go, and also the key role of the battery in utility vehicles.

Origin of electric cars

Electric vehicles have a history dating back to the 19th century. The first practicable electric vehicle is considered to have been built by Thomas Davenport, an American inventor, in the 1830s. His vehicle was a small cart powered by an electric motor.

Another important milestone in the history of electric vehicles was Thomas Edison's development of the electric automobile in 1895. Edison worked on the design and development of more efficient batteries for electric cars.

Later, in the early 20th century, there was a boom in the popularity of electric vehicles. Companies such as Baker Electric, Detroit Electric and Columbia Electric produced a variety of electric car models that were widely sold at the time.

However, with the development of more powerful internal combustion engines and the ease of use of petrol engines, electric vehicles lost popularity compared to internal combustion vehicles in the following decades.

The modern era of electric vehicles can be considered to have begun in the late 20th and early 21st century. In recent years, there has been a significant resurgence of electric vehicles thanks to advances in battery technology, increased environmental awareness and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Battery as a key component in utility vehicles

In general, the battery is a key component in modern utility vehicles. 

The three fundamental parts of an electric vehicle are:

  • Electric motor: It is the main component that drives the car. It converts the electrical energy from the batteries into mechanical energy to turn the wheels.
  • Battery bank: This is the energy storage system of the electric car. It consists of a series of batteries that provide the electricity needed to power the engine. The size and capacity of the batteries determine the range of the vehicle.
  • Controller: An electronic device that regulates and controls the energy flowing between the batteries and the engine. Its main function is to manage the power and performance of the engine, enabling smooth and efficient acceleration.

In addition to these main parts, electric cars may include other components such as the battery charger, which is responsible for recharging the batteries from an electrical outlet.

Modern electric vehicles include high-power chargers that can operate on 120V and 240V voltages. They allow batteries to be recharged more quickly, reducing recharging time and providing greater convenience to the owner.

In addition to the charger, other components enhance safety and convenience. For example, the DC/DC converter converts power from the battery bank to 12 volts, powering auxiliary systems such as lights, radio and airbags. They also have systems such as vacuum pumps for brakes and electric power steering.

Air conditioning in electric vehicles is possible without additional complications. They use a compressor driven by an electric motor to produce cold air and electric heaters to generate hot air, using power from the battery bank.

Although factory electric vehicles have more components and technology, gasoline-to-electric converts are simpler in their operation. This has allowed people with moderate knowledge of electricity to modify or build their own electric vehicles, which has contributed to their popularity. In addition, electric vehicles require less maintenance compared to internal combustion vehicles.

Thanks to the development of components and the information available on the Internet, it is now common to find not only electric vehicles, but also electric bicycles, motorbikes, boats and scooters, and even prototypes of electric aircraft.

Conclusion

Battery technology has advanced significantly in recent years, making electric vehicles more efficient, safer and longer lasting. In addition, modern batteries have the ability to charge quickly, making electric vehicles more practical for everyday use.

Most electric cars do not require a transmission, are much more efficient and accelerate better than petrol cars. 

As battery technology continues to advance, we are likely to see greater adoption of electric vehicles around the world. Governments and companies are increasingly investing in research and development of more efficient and cost-effective batteries to make electric vehicles even more attractive to consumers.

In addition, growing environmental concerns and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are also driving the adoption of electric vehicles. Electric cars emit no pollutant gases and are much more energy efficient than traditional vehicles.

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