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When shopping for an electric vehicle it’s important to understand how it works


Ever wonder how an electric vehicle (EV) works? It runs off electricity right? You’ll have to charge it right? Where are the batteries located? Read on and explore some of the inner-workings of an electric vehicle along with some common questions customers may have when shopping for their new electric Hyundai.

An electric vehicle uses stored DC electrical energy from the high-voltage battery to create propulsion force. To use this power; the DC power is inverted into AC power by the Electric Powertrain Control Unit (EPCU) which is then delivered to the drive motor. The motor is then capable of delivering its maximum torque from zero RPM for this power to be transferred to the reducer. The reducer harnesses the rotational torque from the drive motor to be delivered to the wheels. During deceleration, the drive motor delivers AC voltage back to the EPCU to supply DC power back to the high voltage battery. This is called regenerative braking.

Common Q & As

How far can I drive in the cold?

As gas vehicles consume more fuel in the winter, the similar concept applies to EVs. To combat external factors, the batteries are automatically warmed up while driving to maintain its optimal operating condition. The Kona EV has a maximum estimated range of 415 kms and the Ioniq has a maximum estimated range of 274 kms.

Don’t batteries take up a lot of space?

The High-voltage battery in all Hyundai vehicles are stored primarily under the cabin floor. Therefore, Hyundai EVs are just as spacious as their gas-engine counterpart. Example Kona vs. Kona EV. In additional, the battery’s position provides an excellent centre of gravity and improves driving traction.

Can I charge an EV in the rain?

Absolutely! Owners may charge their EV in the rain or snow with no fear of electrical damage to the car. Hyundai vehicles are thoroughly insulated and sealed from water intrusion. The system is also smart enough to disable power flow if the system detects water intrusion.

Disclaimer: Features described are available on select models/trims. None of the features shown are intended to replace a driver’s responsibility to exercise caution while driving. Drivers should not use handheld devices or operate certain vehicle features unless it is safe and legal to do so. Some features have technological limitations. For additional information, limitations and restrictions, please visit and refer to the owner’s manual. Information shown accurate at time of publication.

This content was submitted by Winnipeg Hyundai for commercial purposes.

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