With the age of electric vehicle upon us, more and more people are wondering: Can you tune them? Battery-powered vehicles don’t use fuel or air to make energy, meaning there’s no obvious way to tinker with inputs and increase power output.
Jason Fenske of Engineering explained put together a neat video showing out exactly how electric cars turn energy into a rotating force, and how that force is used to turn the wheels. As for if they can be tuned, Fenske tells us it’s all about how much power each part can withstand.
Upgrading the battery and software can only go so far until you run into other limitations in the drivetrain, such as how fast the inverter can handle and how quickly the vehicle can translate its electric force into the spinning motor. Of course, those things can be upgraded as well. So it’s not really about changing the software as much it is about upgrading hardware.
The video gets pretty technical, but describes the process of how electric cars actually work impeccably well. Watch the below.