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If you’ve shopped around for an electrified vehicle recently, there is no doubt you’ll have come across a whole host of different options – BEVs, hybrids, PHEVs and possibly even FCVs.
It may seem confusing to understand at first, but they’re pretty simple once you dig in:
When it comes to electric cars, it’s key to know the difference between AC and DC:
Perhaps the most complex part of electric car ownership is understanding the different types of charging, so we’ve broken up the key points in our Electric Vehicle Jargon guide:
There are different types of charging connector, depending on the electric vehicle you have and what sort of charging point you are able to use. These are main ones you need to know about:
The RBW electric classic roadster uses a Type 2 connector at present.
There’s a whole host of other terms in the world of EVs, but as for key ones, there’s just a few more.
The difference between kilowatts (kW) and a kilowatt hour (kWh). A kilowatt is simply a measurement of how many watts of energy a car can develop, while a kilowatt hour is how much energy a car will use in the space of an hour. For example, the powertrain in the RBW Roadster developed in conjunction with Continental Engineering Services and Zytek Automotive produces 70kW. That’s enough for an 80mph top speed and 0-60mph in just 9 seconds.
There’s also range, which is the distance a vehicle can cover on one full electric charge. Following that, many people have discussed range anxiety – the fear that one full electric cycle just won’t be enough to get them to their destination. You won’t have to worry about this with the RBW Roadster, though. The Hyperdrive Innovation lithium-ion battery pack provides a range of up to 160 miles, while the optional larger battery extends this to 200 miles.
Then there’s NVH – Noise Vibration Harshness. An electric car may not have a throaty engine sound but it does create a noise, with some EVs being quite draining on the ear drum. Thankfully, over the past 20 years, Continental Engineering Services has accumulated experience of optimising NVH in such vehicles, especially the challenges brought about by the replacement of an internal combustion engine with an electric drivetrain – this has been applied to the RBW Roadster to ensure a pleasant experience during pull-away, city-traffic, cruising and spirited driving.
We know there is plenty to understand when it comes to electric vehicles, but the experts at RBW will always be ready to help with any questions you might have.
Contact us on +44 01543 897013
or email hello@RBWEVCars.com