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Electric cars are simple, but very effective. We explain how they work

Unlike normal cars, the majority of electric vehicles don't feature a gearbox with multiple gears. This is because an electric motor delivers its maximum torque immediately, and doesn’t need to be revved. Electric cars also come with a motor with a much wider peak operating range than a petrol or diesel engine, and so don’t need gears to optimise performance and economy.

If you have ever driven a golf buggy or electric go-kart, you'll be familiar with the feeling – but with an electric car, the motors are more powerful and so acceleration is much more impressive.

Can you really save £3,000 per year? We explain all on the next page.

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