Electric cars, or battery electric vehicles, use electric motors instead of a conventional car’s gas-powered internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles (EVs) work by utilizing a large battery pack to power the electric motor to move the vehicle. Unlike hybrids and plug-in hybrids that have both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, EVs are powered solely by electricity and must be plugged into a wall outlet or a charging station to take electricity from the grid to obtain the power to drive. Because electric cars run on electricity instead of gasoline, they don’t emit exhaust from a tailpipe.
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