How do electric vehicles provide clean, high-performance driving? Peek under the hood and find out!
Do you know how electric vehicles work?
At first glance, electric vehicles may appear like conventional vehicles, but if you look closer, you’ll see a lot of differences. There is no fuel tank, oil pump or spark plugs. Also, EVs are powered by an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. Finally, EVs contain a lot of parts you won’t see on a conventional vehicle – such as a battery pack, charge port and inverter.
Here’s how electric vehicles work:
The charge port connects the vehicle to an external power source to charge the battery pack.
The rectifier converts alternating-current (AC) voltage from the grid to direct-current (DC) voltage for charging the battery pack.
The battery pack stores enough energy to travel a minimum of 100 miles per charge.
The inverter takes DC voltage from the battery pack and converts it back to AC power for use in the motor.
The motor uses electricity from the battery pack to create mechanical power to drive the vehicle’s wheels.
Regenerative braking generates electricity while the vehicle is coming to a stop. This electricity is stored in the battery pack.
EVs offer many advantages compared to conventional vehicles – lower fuel cost, less maintenance and quieter operation. Plus, EVs produce no tailpipe emissions. It’s no wonder EVs continue to gain traction!
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Other Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q. What is the life of the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s battery?
A. The Ford Mustang Mach-E’s warranty guarantees the batteries to 100,000 miles. While battery manufacturers are “coy” about battery life, as battery storage technology improves, batteries have the potential to last between 300,000 – 500,000 miles before its lithium-ion battery cells will require replacement. If you drive 15,000 miles a year, you can theoretically get 20 – 30 years of service out of the batteries. Batty life depends on several factors, including how a battery is changed, maintained, and utilized.
Q. What kind of battery does the Ford Mustang Mach-E have?
A. The Mach-E uses lithium-ion batteries - a power dense, high voltage technology that works well for storing a lot of energy. Although the lithium-ion batteries in an EV are much stronger and more durable than those in your phone or laptop, they will still start to lose power and capacity with age and use.
Q. How many batteries does the Ford Mustang Mach-E have?
A. The Extended Range battery contains 376 battery cells. There is another small battery that powers the dashboard and other operational devices.
Q. Where are Ford’s lithium-ion batteries produced?
A. Ford is building twin lithium-ion battery plants in central Kentucky through a joint venture with a South Korea-based company called Blue Oval City. as well as a massive 3,600-acre campus in west Tennessee (announced in 2021).
Ford is collaborating with Redwood Materials, a leading battery materials company, to make electric vehicles more sustainable and affordable for Americans by localizing the supply chain network, creating recycling options for scrap and end-of-life vehicles, and ramping up lithium-ion recycling. Ford believes battery recycling is essential for the success of an electrified future and has the potential to offer significant economic benefits as well as help solve for end-of-life battery recycling.