For most electric car enthusiasts, those who already own an electric car, or are just about to buy one, there are no questions that they would not know the answer to. Changing a car, not just for a new one, but for a «new» principle of its operation, is a very serious issue that requires a thorough study of all the intricacies of operation, and of course a psychological rethinking of its place in the transport environment. This topic will come up in front of all motorists, sooner or later. You can’t get away from her, no matter how anyone resists. Everyone will switch to electric vehicles. The world’s leading automakers will simply not be left with a choice. Hybrids, and this is directly stated by many automakers, are only a transitional version of a kind of «psychological vaccination» before the future full-scale electromobilization. That being said, quite a few people overlook the topic of electric vehicles. SEAT has collected some of the most popular questions and decided to answer them.
Although many such articles have passed, they are still worth publishing to educate people outside the automotive industry and knowledge in this topic. Personally, I am constantly faced with questions about electromobility, from people who want to understand what is the essence of the ongoing changes. At the same time, some of the questions posed by SEAT seem somewhat strange to me, as if they were asked by the «victims of the exam». But let’s read them, and we’ll figure it out …
Yes, electric vehicles do not require a gearbox, as they are equipped with automatic deceleration and recuperation when braking from the engine. The electric motor provides power and torque, so it can directly drive the wheels.
For plug-in hybrids such as the Leon e-HYBRID, you can choose between driving automatically or using the transmission while driving in ICE mode. In electric mode, the system will always automatically reduce engine speed.
Electric vehicles do not need an exhaust pipe as they do not have an internal combustion engine. However, in hybrid vehicles, such an element is necessary for the correct functioning of the installed internal combustion engine.
No. This is unnecessary and not recommended. Electrical system components are marked in orange and should only be touched by a specialist.
In an electric vehicle, every component is powered by energy stored in a battery — the engine, heating, interior and exterior lighting, and multimedia systems. Therefore, each activated function affects the charge level. In electric mode in a hybrid vehicle, the situation is exactly the same. On the other hand, in the mode of operation of the internal combustion engine in a hybrid, energy is obtained from the combustion of gasoline, thereby saving the accumulated electricity.
When a manufacturer anticipates that the model he is designing will be electrically available, he allocates space under the floor for the battery. This solution allows you to create a more spacious interior. In plug-in hybrids, the battery is located in the space under the passenger compartment floor and is also smaller. As a result, this practically does not affect the dimensions of the cabin.
No, there is no such risk. The high voltage system is sufficiently screened and insulated to ensure complete safety. Many transmission protections are installed directly in the battery control module. If any failure occurs, it will shut down automatically.
Not necessary. It usually has a slightly lower displacement, but since the car is more efficient and has an electric mode, the total range is usually the same as in the combustion engine version. In the hybrid version of the SEAT Leon, the fuel tank capacity is 40 liters, which was achieved by changing its shape. It has also been placed under the luggage compartment so that the traction battery can be accommodated.
Charging the battery is as simple and safe as plugging in any device you use every day at home. Just be aware of some necessary actions, such as locking the door or applying the parking brake. Information about the state of charging is provided by light indicators — they show whether charging is in progress or has already ended.
No, the electric powertrain, in both hybrid and all-electric vehicles, does not require additional measures. On the contrary, the maintenance of the combustion engine is carried out according to a standard schedule. However, it should be added that such an engine in hybrid vehicles is used interchangeably with the battery and, therefore, is less frequently serviced. As a result, it stays in good condition longer.
Yes, some of the questions seem somewhat strange and naive. It seems that they are from those, and for those who have never been interested in this topic before. However, they also allow people to get rid of some prejudice and unnecessary fears. Let me remind you that SEAT and their Cupra sub-brand are included in
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