8 Things a Regular Car has that Electric Vehicles Don't

They might look similar from the outside, but gas powered and electric cars are a totally different animal underneath.

February 18, 2024
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The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has spurred a revolution in transportation. Leading this charge is Tesla, renowned for its cutting-edge electric cars that redefine performance and sustainability. 

Here at Specktion, we’ve seen an increase in electric car inspections lately, so we thought it would be a great time to go over the fundamental differences between regular gas powered cars and all electric vehicles.

Here are 8 things a regular gas powered car has that an electric car doesn't:

  • Internal Combustion Engine (ICE): Regular cars typically feature an internal combustion engine powered by gasoline or diesel fuel. Teslas, on the other hand, are electric vehicles (EVs) and do not have traditional engines.
  • Exhaust System: ICE vehicles have exhaust systems to expel combustion byproducts, such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Since Teslas are electric, they do not produce emissions and thus do not require exhaust systems.
  • Fuel Tank: Regular cars have a fuel tank to store gasoline or diesel fuel. In contrast, Teslas have a battery pack to store electricity, eliminating the need for a fuel tank.
  • Transmission: ICE vehicles typically have complex transmission systems to transfer power from the engine to the wheels. Teslas, however, have a single-speed gearbox or direct-drive system since electric motors can deliver torque more efficiently over a wider range of speeds.
  • Engine Cooling System: ICE vehicles require cooling systems to prevent overheating of the engine. Teslas utilize liquid cooling systems for their battery packs and electronics, but they do not have engines that require traditional cooling.
  • Oil and Fluids: Regular cars require various fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, and coolant to lubricate and cool internal components. Teslas do not have internal combustion engines and thus do not require oil changes or many of the fluids associated with ICE vehicles.
  • Spark Plugs and Ignition System: ICE vehicles rely on spark plugs and an ignition system to ignite the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber. Since Teslas do not have combustion engines, they do not require spark plugs or traditional ignition systems.
  • Exhaust Emissions System: Regular cars are equipped with emissions control systems, including catalytic converters and oxygen sensors, to reduce harmful pollutants in the exhaust gasses. Teslas, being electric, do not produce emissions and therefore do not require such systems.

While EV’s lack these components found in regular cars, they offer unique advantages such as instant torque, regenerative braking, and low maintenance requirements associated with electric propulsion.

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