“A pure EV does not have an internal combustion engine on board, whereas a hybrid does. So, the two vehicles share most the same electric powertrain components. Both hybrids and EVs are going to have one or more electric motors, a high voltage battery, inverter, a converter, those kind of components. But with a hybrid, a non-plugin hybrid, the high voltage battery is recharged with the gas engine and also through regenerative braking. Whereas if you’re just dealing with the pure EV, that is going to get charged through the grid, either a public charger or your home charger.” Mia Bevacqua on Electric Ladies Podcast
Electric vehicle sales are doubling year after year these days, and nearly every automaker has a range of electric vehicles either on the road or in production to hit the road over the next few years. Six automakers have announced they are phasing out the internal combustion engine vehicles that run on gas. Though EVs are still only 9% of all U.S. car sales, anyone who owns or drives a vehicle is all going to be in market for an EV or driving one at some point soon. So, what do we need to know?
Listen to Mia Bevacqua Chief Technical Writer at CarParts.com – and a former lifelong auto-mechanic – explain it to host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies podcast.
- What the differences are between the types of EVs and hybrids.
- The differences in charging systems
- How batteries differ for different EVs
- What to know about used electric vehicles, before you buy one.
- Plus, insightful career advice ….
“One thing I’ve learned is don’t let your gender define your role in whatever industry you’re in. I mean, I’ve tried thinking myself as an auto professional, not a female auto professional, and that seems to have gotten me pretty far. And I guess another thing would be, never stop learning. So always look for those online classes, reading, taking seminars, because, no matter what you’re in, it’s always going to be changing and you need to …stay relevant.”
Mia Bevacqua on Electric Ladies podcast
You’ll also want to listen to:
- Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires, Sustainability head
- Neha Palmer, CEO/Cofounder of TeraWatt Infrastructure
- Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison, eMobility
- Jackie Birdsall, Toyota, Senior Engineer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
- Margaret Lewis, New Flyer electric buses
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