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Are all electric cars automatic?


Are all electric cars automatic?

We could go around the houses to answer this question, but let's keep it simple....yes!

Most electric cars are automatic, and likely will be in the future.

Here's the science bit

Not only are electric cars missing a clutch and various gears, but the braking system is different too. Regenerative brakes are used, which convert the heat produced from your vehicle’s brakes back into energy for the vehicle’s battery to use.

Electric cars have just one gear because they have a flat torque curve. In other words, the torque from an electric motor is the same at 1 rev as it is at 10,000 revs.

The reason an internal combustion engine powered vehicle requires a gearbox is that its engine torque is relative to revs. A multi-speed gearbox is required to keep the engine in the desired operating range, to deliver the torque required at different stages of acceleration, cruising, climbing hills and so on. When you change down, you are selecting a lower gear to place the engine at higher revs where more torque is available for accelerating, or for lower speed work where the engine would otherwise stall. 

An automatic car is operating the multi-speed transmission for you. A manual car requires manual selection of the gears via a gear stick and levers that push and pull the gear selectors inside the gearbox. An electric car does have a transmission, but it contains a single reduction gear to reduce the high revolutions of an electric motor to the lower rpm used to turn the vehicle wheels.

Since an 'auto' is an automatic multi-speed transmission, technically, electric cars are not "autos" at all, because they do not have a multi-speed transmission. But manufacturers now sometimes use the word 'auto' simply to indicate that you don't have to change gears. 

Is an automatic car easier to drive than a manual?

An automatic car is easier to drive as you simply put it in 'D' and off you go! Depsite the rise in the number of electric cars on our roads and the pledge to go electric only in the next 10 years, just 11% of learners chose automatic only, in the UK in the past year.* This figure has risen by 5% in the last 5 years however. 

If you learn to drive in an automatic it is often more expensive, harder to find an instructor and most importantly you will not be permitted to drive a manual car. Whereas if you pass your test in a manual, the automatic option is open to you. It will be interesting to see how trends change in the next 5 to 10 years. 

 To check out our latest electric car leasing offers please click here. 


*source www.wearemarmalade.co.uk 

Meet the new Electric kid in town


Meet the new Electric kid in town

Perhaps because of the profile of their illustrious leader, Tesla tend to be the brand on the tip of the tongue when it comes to electric cars. However, we are rather excited by a lesser-known but certainly no less exciting manufacturer with a very safe pair of hands behind them.

Based in Sweden, the Polestar brand is that of a premium, performance-focused electric car. Founded in 2017 by Volvo Cars and Zhejiang Geely Holding, the company currently has two models on the market, the somewhat conservatively named Polestar 1 and Polestar 2. 

But that’s about all that’s conservative about them. They’ve got the commendable heritage that is Volvo behind them, and their plans are as electric as their vehicles. They want to launch three new models by 2024 (the first likely to be a SUV) and expand from 14 to 30 markets by 2023.

We should mention both existing models are award-winning and their entrepreneurial team is backed by investors including one Leonardo DiCaprio. So, you see, it’s not just Tesla that has exciting stuff going on.

In fact, the innovative culture of the company is showcased by their existing goal to develop a truly climate-neutral car by 2030, something they see as demonstrating their commitment to future-proofing the industry.

Polestar 1 is already virtually a collector’s piece. All limited edition, carbon fibre and hand-stitching, it has been described by Insider as “unlike any car on the road.” It has a price tag to match, with models starting at £139,000.

It’s highly engineered, high performance and, sadly, highly unlikely to come your way, given that the last production run is now underway.

Fear not though, Polestar 2 is in a different league. For a start it’s priced from a slightly less shocking £39,900 and while still leading the charge on design and detailing, it has been designed as an everyday contender for the future of electric cars. They offer three engine styles, from standard range, single motor to long range dual motor, which seems to directly address one of the main barriers for people converting from fuel to electricity – the fear of the lack of charging stations.

Breaking down barriers is definitely Polestar’s thing. Their website outlines their commitment to “…be the change we know needs to happen and inspire the car industry to move in the same direction.” They are challenger and disruptor all rolled into one and it’s refreshing. They’ve recognised that the entire vehicle industry has been playing safe for too long, becoming change resistant and almost pedestrian (if you’ll pardon the pun). 

Given the profile of authenticity and accountability these days, it’s a strategy that’s highly likely to pay off. Polestar will be labelling their cars with information on carbon footprint and traced risk materials. They’re not interested in off-setting, they’re shooting straight for climate-neutral and have committed to charting their own progress publicly.

At OVL, we’ll be watching and listening carefully.