100 Questions about Electric Vehicles

By David Herron

Why do people compare electric cars to gas cars when electric cars have no onboard energy source?

What's the mechanism behind electric cars since they don't use fuel? About the Author - David Herron
The 100+ years of mutual experience with gasoline powered cars has taught us to trust gasoline. This question demonstrates just one of the ways we collectively believe in gasoline over all other fuels.

Of course people are comparing one kind of car against another. But the question as worded is rather silly, because it is making an incorrect assumption.

What does the question mean by electric cars have no onboard energy source? The person asking the question must believe that gasoline burned in a gasoline engine is an energy source where electricity stored in a battery pack is not an energy source.

Therefore we have to ask: Is gasoline an energy source?

And after a little thought you have to agree, no, gasoline is not an energy source. The energy embodied in gasoline came from sunlight that hit this planet millions of years ago. That ancient sunlight caused plants and animals to grow. When those plants and animals died, their bodies were buried and eventually became gasoline after several million years.

Therefore the real energy source was sunlight striking the planet in ancient times.

Gasoline is simply a mechanism for carrying ancient sunlight into modern times.

Electric cars have a rechargeable battery pack in which to store energy. Gasoline and diesel cars have a fuel tank in which to store energy.

Both kinds of vehicle carry a limited amount of energy, and must be refueled from time to time. Neither kind of vehicle inherently has what can be called an energy source.

About the Author(s)

David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.

Why do people compare electric cars to gas cars when electric cars have no onboard energy source?

What's the mechanism behind electric cars since they don't use fuel? About the Author - David Herron
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