Do Electric Cars Have Transmissions?

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If you’re checking out electric vehicles like the ID.4, you’re probably full of questions about these exciting new pieces of automotive technology. There are lots of reasons to buy an electric car, with lowered maintenance costs being a big highlight. They don’t have the hundreds of engine parts you’ll find on conventional engines, but do electric cars have transmissions? Yes, electric cars do have transmissions, but theirs are unique. Silko Volkswagen has more information about the gears on electric cars and other electric car transmission facts!

Electric Vehicle Transmission: The Gears on Electric Cars

Unlike an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles produce almost-instantaneous torque with their battery. This means the engine doesn’t have to “rev” up to get to peak power on Stoughton roads. Consequently, most EVs have single-speed transmissions, allowing them to use all their power with a single step on the accelerator. Here’s how it works:

  1. You step on the accelerator to send electricity from the battery to the electric motor.
  2. The motor spins, and so does the gearbox, which is a term frequently swapped with “transmission”.
  3. As the motor and the gears on electric cars spin, the vehicle moves. Most internal combustion engines get to 7,000 rpm; electric motors can go up to 20,000 rpm.
  4. Here’s a fun fact: conventional motors have to go to a separate gear on the transmission to go in reverse. Electric motors essentially just spin backward instead.

Electric Car Transmission Maintenance

Do electric cars have transmissions that need maintenance? The lower maintenance costs that come with the elimination of oil are a huge perk that many West Bridgewater drives rave about. But electric vehicles still need maintenance. The transmission will have to be looked at by a professional; your owner’s manual should be able to tell you how often this should happen.

Find dependable electric car service from the experts at Silko Volkswagen! Electric vehicles have lower costs on maintenance but should still be cared for by someone that knows what they’re doing.

Test Drive an Electric Vehicle at Silko Volkswagen

Silko Volkswagen is excited to have the ID.4 and other cutting-edge vehicles available for Brockton drivers! If your heart is set on one, you can even apply for financing online. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have about electric car transmissions and more!


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