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EVs are Roomier and Here’s Why

The spacious interior and ample storage space are the characteristics of electric vehicles.

From the outside, an electric car can look like a small toy compared to a large petrol car. Some look small from the outside and fit better in a smaller parking lot, but don’t be fooled by the size. EVs actually give you the most space in the least.

Electric cars, less is better. Electric cars have more space than gas-powered cars because they have fewer moving parts. Additionally, advances in design and technology have made many parts of the vehicle smaller overall, giving EVs more space for passengers and cargo.

An absolute beginner’s guide to electric vehicles

No engine = more space

Gas powered vehicles have always been designed to contain various large parts such as engines, gas tanks, multi-speed transmissions, exhaust systems, catalytic converters, etc.

But electric vehicles don’t need all of these big parts.

  • It does not burn any fuel, so no exhaust system or catalytic converter is required.
  • Electric cars don’t have radiators, so no grills are needed.
  • EV electric motors are also single speed, so no gearbox or gearbox is required.
  • Also missing small parts like spark plugs, toothed belts and injectors.

At the heart of the spacious interior is the fact that electric vehicles use small electric motors and rechargeable batteries instead of large engines to power the vehicle. This changes the overall design of the electric vehicle, not only in performance but also in performance. A lot of More space for the driver and passenger seats.

The large gas-powered engine can extend any part of the cab without taking up too much space under the hood. This means that the front seats can be moved further forward in an electric car compared to a gasoline car. Upstairs allows rear passengers to stretch out for more legroom.

Where are the “humps” of the inner floor?

Rendering of a 2022 Ford F150 EV with platforms exposed and seats removed.

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The benefits of additional interior space continue to appear in electric vehicles. More rear-seat legroom can be created in electric vehicles by eliminating the central floor tunnel hump found on petrol cars without the need for a gearbox, differential or exhaust system.

Many EVs remove it entirely, but some use a smaller version of this tunnel to house a battery, storage compartment, or other function.

However, when this tunnel is removed, the interior of the electric vehicle feels an expanded sense of space. Rear-seat passengers, for example, don’t need to raise their knees to sit in the back seat, and everyday items like grocery bags or backpacks fit more easily in the back seat.

A full-size interior in a mid-size body: the skateboard effect influencing EV space

Volkswagen Skateboard Platform.

Volkswagen Skateboard Platform.

Sean Gallup/Getty

Smart design is another reason EVs are wider than gasoline cars. VW, Ford, and other EV car manufacturers use a design called a skateboard system. This system gives the EV a space advantage because the wheels are placed on the EV.

Think of a gasoline car as a pair of ice skates and an electric car as a skateboard. In a pair of skates, the wheels are placed fairly close to each other under the skate body. There is not much space between the front and rear wheels. Everything is full between them.

The wheels of a skateboard, on the other hand, are much further away under the skateboard platform. EVs still place everything between the wheels like a petrol car, but the difference in wheel space design means there’s a lot more wobble room inside.

This is a picture comparing a gasoline car with an electric car, and shows how the electric car's interior space and trunk space have been increased.

Julie Bang

Batteries, brakes, motors and other critical components are typically distributed along “skateboard” platforms. inside A platform for leaving a flat base for the exterior frame and interior design of electric vehicles. In addition to the expanded interior space, the skateboard approach gives the EV a lower center of gravity than gasoline cars, improving the vehicle’s overall handling.

Combine this with the fact that an electric car requires far fewer parts than a petrol car, and you can quickly see how much space inside it expands. This skateboard design approach allows EV car makers to place key components anywhere on the car’s base platform and place seats and storage in any format.

A gasoline car, on the other hand, requires placing the engine and steering system on a flat floor, plus all other parts on the floor. Everything else goes beyond the petrol car’s flat floor, which further limits interior space.

EV automakers are constantly developing improved variations on skateboard design, with each new version focused on creating ever-increasing comfort for both drivers and passengers.

For example, Israeli EV automaker Ree offers designs that allow buyers to build custom EVs using a modular approach. It’s like building a modular house by assembling prefab parts of different designs.

In the video, you can see how Ree’s EV’s ‘skateboard’ design platform has everything you need to power your vehicle and provides a flat floor to create any type of interior design you want.

Other EV car makers are using the skateboard approach as a reusable basis for many types of EV bodywork to shorten production times and reduce manufacturing costs.

Double Trunk Trick: EVs can carry more load.

Big bike in the trunk of a 2022 Nissan Leaf.

Due to the way the skateboard design integrates moving parts into the base platform, there is more storage space in the front under the hood where the motor used to be.

2022 Ford F150 front trunk.

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Often EV car makers create front trunks (also called “frunks”) to use space efficiently. EVs usually also have a rear trunk, so many EVs have dual trunks for storage.


For example, the 2022 Nissan Leaf has 23.6 cubic feet of space. Add in the flexible rear seat space and it’s 30. The emergency latch is located on a large trunk that can be opened wirelessly.

Some front cases have dividers to keep things from moving. Aftermarket cargo nets or bungee belts can also be added, usually to hold items securely in place.

With about 30 square feet of storage space (with the rear seats folded), a regular electric SUV can accommodate two carry-on bags, two large checked-luggage-sized suitcases, a duffel bag or a double-sided backpack.

The rear window is not clogged even with a lot of luggage, so there is enough interior space for the family to enjoy the trip.

Newer EVs like the Mustang Mach-e offer features for drivers who enjoy tailgate or “frunkgate” parties. The Mach-e’s trunk has a drain hole that allows the owner to fill the trunk with ice to keep drinks or food cold and drain the melted ice to the floor.

Even the compact hatchback EV model can secure a lot of storage space. A Christmas tree or a bicycle can easily fit into a small electric car by folding the seat.

The front truck can also be referred to as the front luggage compartment. In Europe and the UK, where boots are called ‘trunks’, they can refer to storage space, front boot, or froot.


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EVs are Roomier and Here’s Why

Spacious interiors and lots of cargo room are popular features of EVs

From the outside, electric vehicles might look like little toys compared to larger gas-powered vehicles. Although some might look small on the outside and fit better in smaller parking spaces, don’t let their size fool you: EVs actually pack a maximum amount of room into a minimum amount of space.  

That’s because less is more when it comes to EVs: They have more space than their gas-powered counterparts because EVs have fewer moving parts. Plus, advances in design and technology make many parts of the vehicle smaller in general and give EVs more room for passengers and cargo.

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Electric Vehicles
No Engine = More Space

Gas-powered vehicles have always been designed to include a variety of large parts, such as engines, gas tanks, multi-speed gearboxes, exhaust systems, catalytic converters, and more. 

EVs, however, just don’t need all those large parts.

Because they don’t burn fuel, they don’t require an exhaust system or catalytic convertor.
There is no radiator in an EV so there is no need for a grille.
Electric vehicle motors only have one speed, too, which eliminates the need for a transmission or gearbox.
Also missing are smaller parts, like spark plugs, a timing belt, and fuel injectors.

The most important key to a roomy interior is the fact EVs use a small electric motor and a rechargeable battery instead of a large engine to power the vehicle. That means the overall design of the EV can be changed not just to improve performance but to offer a lot more room to both driver and passengers.

Without that large gas-powered engine consuming so much space under the hood, all the parts of the cabin can be expanded. This means that front seats can be set farther forward in an EV compared to a gas car. As they move up, rear seat passengers can stretch out with more legroom.  

Where’s the Interior Floor ‘Hump’?

Ford

The extra interior space advantage just keeps on coming with EVs. Without the need for a transmission, differential or exhaust system, the central floor tunnel hump you see in gas cars can be removed for more back seat legroom in EVs.

Many EVs remove it completely but some do use a smaller version of that tunnel to house batteries, storage compartments or other features.

When that tunnel is removed, though, it gives the interior of an EV the feeling of expanded space. Rear passengers don’t need to boost their knees up, for example, to fit into the back seat and everyday items like grocery bags or backpacks can fit more easily into the back floor area. 

A Full-size Interior With a Mid-Size Body: The Skateboard Effect Impact on EV Space
The VW ‘skateboard’ platform.
Sean Gallup/Getty

Smart design is another reason EVs are roomier than gas cars. VW, Ford, and other EV automakers use a design called the skateboard system. This system gives EVs a space advantage because of where the wheels are placed on an EV. 

Think of a gasoline car as a pair of skates and an EV as a skateboard. In a pair of skates, the wheels are placed fairly close together underneath the body of the skate. There isn’t much room between the front and rear wheels; everything is crammed in between them.

A skateboard’s wheels, on the other hand, are set much further apart underneath the skateboard platform. EVs still place everything between the wheels, just like a gas car, but the wheel spacing design difference means there is a lot more room to play with on the interior.

Julie Bang

Batteries, brakes, motors and other vital parts are spread out along the ‘skateboard’ platform, typically inside the platform to leave a flat base for the EV’s exterior framework and interior design. Aside from expanded interior space, the skateboard approach also gives EVs a lower center of gravity than gas cars, which improves overall handling of the vehicle.

Combine that with the fact EVs need far fewer parts than a gas car and you can quickly see how space expands on the interior. Because of this skateboard design approach, EV automakers can place vital parts anywhere they want on the car’s base platform and arrange seating and storage spaces in any format they like. 

Gasoline powered cars, on the other hand, place engine and steering systems on top of the flat base, plus must add in all the other parts above the base, too. Everything else also goes above the flat base of a gas car, which just continues to limit interior space.

EV automakers continue to create improved variations of the skateboard design with each new version focused on creating more and more comfort for driver and passengers.

For example, Ree, an Israeli EV automaker, offers a design which lets buyers build a customized EV using a modular approach, just like you can build modular homes by putting prebuilt parts together in different designs.

In the video, you can see how Ree’s EV’s ‘skateboard’ designed platform has everything it needs to power the vehicle, giving the car a flat base to create any kind of interior design desired.

Other EV automakers use the skateboard approach as a reusable base for multiple types of EV bodies, which improves production times and reduces manufacturing costs.

The Double Trunk Trick: Pack More Stuff With EV Increased Cargo Capacity 

Because of the way the skateboard design incorporates moving parts into the base platform, there is more room for storage in the front under the hood where the engine used to go.

Ford

Quite often, EV automakers create a front trunk (sometimes called a ‘frunk’) to use the space effectively. There is usually a back trunk in an EV, too, so that gives many EVs a double trunk for storage.

For example, the 2022 Nissan Leaf has 23.6 cubic ft of space; 30 if you include the flexible back seat area. There are emergency latches inside larger frunks and many can be opened wirelessly.

Some front trunks have dividers so stuff doesn’t move around; aftermarket cargo netting or bungee belts can usually be added, too, to help keep items firmly in place.

An average electric SUV with about 30 sq ft of storage (without the back seats folded down) can easily fit two carry-on bags of luggage, two large checked-baggage sized suitcases and one soft-sided overnight bag or backpack.

The rear windows will usually not be blocked even after all that luggage is loaded, so there’s still lots of interior space for family members to enjoy the road trip. 

Newer EVs like the Mustang Mach-e offers a feature for drivers who like to enjoy tailgate or “frunkgate” parties. The Mach-e’s frunk has a drain hole, allowing owners to fill the frunk with ice to keep drinks or food cold and drain melted ice out the bottom.

Even a compact hatchback model EV can offer great amounts of storage. With the seats folded down in a compact EV, a Christmas tree or even bicycle can fit nicely.

The front truck can also be called the front luggage compartment. In Europe and the UK where they call the trunk the ‘boot’, they may refer to the storage space the front boot or froot.

#EVs #Roomier #Heres

EVs are Roomier and Here’s Why

Spacious interiors and lots of cargo room are popular features of EVs

From the outside, electric vehicles might look like little toys compared to larger gas-powered vehicles. Although some might look small on the outside and fit better in smaller parking spaces, don’t let their size fool you: EVs actually pack a maximum amount of room into a minimum amount of space.  

That’s because less is more when it comes to EVs: They have more space than their gas-powered counterparts because EVs have fewer moving parts. Plus, advances in design and technology make many parts of the vehicle smaller in general and give EVs more room for passengers and cargo.

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Electric Vehicles
No Engine = More Space

Gas-powered vehicles have always been designed to include a variety of large parts, such as engines, gas tanks, multi-speed gearboxes, exhaust systems, catalytic converters, and more. 

EVs, however, just don’t need all those large parts.

Because they don’t burn fuel, they don’t require an exhaust system or catalytic convertor.
There is no radiator in an EV so there is no need for a grille.
Electric vehicle motors only have one speed, too, which eliminates the need for a transmission or gearbox.
Also missing are smaller parts, like spark plugs, a timing belt, and fuel injectors.

The most important key to a roomy interior is the fact EVs use a small electric motor and a rechargeable battery instead of a large engine to power the vehicle. That means the overall design of the EV can be changed not just to improve performance but to offer a lot more room to both driver and passengers.

Without that large gas-powered engine consuming so much space under the hood, all the parts of the cabin can be expanded. This means that front seats can be set farther forward in an EV compared to a gas car. As they move up, rear seat passengers can stretch out with more legroom.  

Where’s the Interior Floor ‘Hump’?

Ford

The extra interior space advantage just keeps on coming with EVs. Without the need for a transmission, differential or exhaust system, the central floor tunnel hump you see in gas cars can be removed for more back seat legroom in EVs.

Many EVs remove it completely but some do use a smaller version of that tunnel to house batteries, storage compartments or other features.

When that tunnel is removed, though, it gives the interior of an EV the feeling of expanded space. Rear passengers don’t need to boost their knees up, for example, to fit into the back seat and everyday items like grocery bags or backpacks can fit more easily into the back floor area. 

A Full-size Interior With a Mid-Size Body: The Skateboard Effect Impact on EV Space
The VW ‘skateboard’ platform.
Sean Gallup/Getty

Smart design is another reason EVs are roomier than gas cars. VW, Ford, and other EV automakers use a design called the skateboard system. This system gives EVs a space advantage because of where the wheels are placed on an EV. 

Think of a gasoline car as a pair of skates and an EV as a skateboard. In a pair of skates, the wheels are placed fairly close together underneath the body of the skate. There isn’t much room between the front and rear wheels; everything is crammed in between them.

A skateboard’s wheels, on the other hand, are set much further apart underneath the skateboard platform. EVs still place everything between the wheels, just like a gas car, but the wheel spacing design difference means there is a lot more room to play with on the interior.

Julie Bang

Batteries, brakes, motors and other vital parts are spread out along the ‘skateboard’ platform, typically inside the platform to leave a flat base for the EV’s exterior framework and interior design. Aside from expanded interior space, the skateboard approach also gives EVs a lower center of gravity than gas cars, which improves overall handling of the vehicle.

Combine that with the fact EVs need far fewer parts than a gas car and you can quickly see how space expands on the interior. Because of this skateboard design approach, EV automakers can place vital parts anywhere they want on the car’s base platform and arrange seating and storage spaces in any format they like. 

Gasoline powered cars, on the other hand, place engine and steering systems on top of the flat base, plus must add in all the other parts above the base, too. Everything else also goes above the flat base of a gas car, which just continues to limit interior space.

EV automakers continue to create improved variations of the skateboard design with each new version focused on creating more and more comfort for driver and passengers.

For example, Ree, an Israeli EV automaker, offers a design which lets buyers build a customized EV using a modular approach, just like you can build modular homes by putting prebuilt parts together in different designs.

In the video, you can see how Ree’s EV’s ‘skateboard’ designed platform has everything it needs to power the vehicle, giving the car a flat base to create any kind of interior design desired.

Other EV automakers use the skateboard approach as a reusable base for multiple types of EV bodies, which improves production times and reduces manufacturing costs.

The Double Trunk Trick: Pack More Stuff With EV Increased Cargo Capacity 

Because of the way the skateboard design incorporates moving parts into the base platform, there is more room for storage in the front under the hood where the engine used to go.

Ford

Quite often, EV automakers create a front trunk (sometimes called a ‘frunk’) to use the space effectively. There is usually a back trunk in an EV, too, so that gives many EVs a double trunk for storage.

For example, the 2022 Nissan Leaf has 23.6 cubic ft of space; 30 if you include the flexible back seat area. There are emergency latches inside larger frunks and many can be opened wirelessly.

Some front trunks have dividers so stuff doesn’t move around; aftermarket cargo netting or bungee belts can usually be added, too, to help keep items firmly in place.

An average electric SUV with about 30 sq ft of storage (without the back seats folded down) can easily fit two carry-on bags of luggage, two large checked-baggage sized suitcases and one soft-sided overnight bag or backpack.

The rear windows will usually not be blocked even after all that luggage is loaded, so there’s still lots of interior space for family members to enjoy the road trip. 

Newer EVs like the Mustang Mach-e offers a feature for drivers who like to enjoy tailgate or “frunkgate” parties. The Mach-e’s frunk has a drain hole, allowing owners to fill the frunk with ice to keep drinks or food cold and drain melted ice out the bottom.

Even a compact hatchback model EV can offer great amounts of storage. With the seats folded down in a compact EV, a Christmas tree or even bicycle can fit nicely.

The front truck can also be called the front luggage compartment. In Europe and the UK where they call the trunk the ‘boot’, they may refer to the storage space the front boot or froot.

#EVs #Roomier #Heres


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