The real question, however, is whether or not electric vehicles can be as fun as conventional cars.
Compared to huge V8s with an appetite for fuel and a penchant for tire destruction, electric vehicles can seem rather tame and boring. Even the Tesla Model S P100D, a car that can leave its occupants screaming as it launches off the line, does so in a rather undramatic fashion that’s devoid of tire squeal or exhaust notes. And then there’s the fact that EVs have minimal amounts of moving parts, making what used to be a Rube Goldberg on four wheels seem as plain and simple as an R/C car.
One would think that this would leave an engineer bored and unsatisfied with the technology, but that’s far from the case. Engineers are all about efficiency, and EVs manage to be just that in more ways than one.
Engineering Explained goes over the advantages to electric vehicles, not the first thing that’s usually associated with the technology. First off is the fact that peak torque is available immediately, making electric cars seem zippy and less hesitant than their gasoline-fed counterparts. As a result of that flat torque curve, electric cars also don’t need transmissions. This saves weight, cuts down on complexity, and reduces acceleration time by eliminating the need to shift. There’s also the fact that EV manufacturers can tune the throttle pedal to be more linear and also allow drivers to use the throttle pedal to slow the car down, giving them more control of the car with less complication. The forward pace of progress is not always linar.