It is a fact that electric vehicles are quicker than their ICE equivalents. This is why they leave everybody behind when the traffic light turns green! It is also why Tesla boasts of the quickest production car, the Model S Plaid, capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in just 1.99 seconds and also reaching 200 mph!
However, how do electric cars end up quicker than ICE cars despite just coming into their own? This article provides answers to the question.
Electric vehicles have more efficient transmission
Saying electric vehicles have a transmission is stretching the term. This is because what passes for transmission in EVs differs from the ICE system. EVs do not possess gearing, gear ratios, or shift times. This makes them deliver peak power at every RPM.
In an electric vehicle, how fast you go depends on how quickly the electric motor rotates, which is a function of how much you step on the acceleration pedal.
Electric motors deliver instant Torque
In an ICE car, the engine takes time to get to peak power, which you can easily confirm by looking at a chart of power over time. The case for an electric motor is different because it takes seconds to achieve peak power, with no ramp-up time observed. This is the main reason EVs seem to jump forward from the start, which ICE drivers have to get used to after switching to EVs.
Electric vehicles have superior throttle control
The idea of throttle control is to regular the amount of power your engine or motor delivers. In an ICE, the extent to which you push the pedal does not correlate directly to the amount of power the engine produces. However, for an EV, if you press down the pedal by 50 percent, the electric motor produces precisely 50 percent of its power. This makes accelerating and slowing down easier in an EV.
Batteries help electric vehicles have better balance and a low center of gravity
The additional weight of the battery is a plus for EVs because the designers can distribute the weight to help the car balance better, especially when the EV is built from the ground up, instead of being based on an ICE model.
In addition, the weight of the battery can be used to achieve a lower center of gravity, which is essential for a car intended to go fast.
EV drivers do not need to shift gears
This is a significant advantage as EV drivers do not have to spend time and mental resources to determine the best gears to shift to.