Do Electric Cars Have Transmissions?

2022 GMC Hummer EV at sunset

The popularity of electric vehicles continues to rise around Wenatchee and beyond. Saving money on gas is a key advantage of electric vehicles, and another benefit is that less maintenance is required. That’s because there are fewer moving parts in an EV. Do electric cars have a transmission? Yes, they have a transmission, but it is significantly different from the transmission in standard gas vehicles. Learn more about electric car transmissions here with Sangster Motors!



Do Electric Cars Have Gears?

As mentioned, electric car transmissions differ from those in standard combustion engine vehicles. Electric motors produce near-instantaneous torque, and because of this, you never need to “rev” the engine to achieve peak power on your East Wenatchee drives in an EV. So, do electric cars have gears? Electric cars have a single-speed transmission, allowing you to instantly access all the power in your electric car as soon as you press down on the accelerator. Here’s how an EV’s powertrain works:

  1. When you press the accelerator pedal, electricity is transmitted from the battery to the electric motor.
  2. As the EV motor spins, it also spins the gearbox, which is what we’re talking about when we refer to an electric car transmission.
  3. The spinning gearbox causes your EV to move. Some electric car motors can rotate up to 20,000 rpm, while most combustion engines on a vehicle can only rotate up to 7,000 rpm.
  4. When you put your electric car into reverse, the electric motor spins backward, causing it to reverse. In a standard vehicle, there’s a separate gear for reverse.

Must You Do Maintenance on an EV Transmissions?

One of the many reasons Levanworth drivers enjoy EV ownership is because of the lower maintenance requirements. Without a combustion engine, there is no need for an oil change. Still, you will need maintenance done on your electric car transmission. Some EVs have transmission fluid that must be exchanged during recommended service intervals. But not all EVs have transmission fluid, so check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations on your transmission maintenance. You can also contact the Sangster Motors service center with any questions.

Experience an Electric Vehicle at Sangster Motors Today!

If you’re ready to experience the thrill of driving an EV, we invite you to Sangster Motors to get behind the wheel of a Hummer EV and go for a test drive. You can get a value for your trade online and even calculate your monthly payment. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today!


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