Electric Cars 101

Electric cars, also known as electric vehicles (EVs), are fully electric and rely on batteries for their power. Before gearing up to buy an EV, understand how electric cars work and the top reasons to choose an all-electric vehicle.

Discover why EVs are a mile ahead of the rest and read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about electric cars

How Do Electric Cars Work

EV Technology Explained.

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Do Electric Cars Use Oil?(Top Maintenance Tips)

First things first, let's discuss whether electric cars use oil.

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How far can electric cars go on one charge?

Electric ars are an exciting new motion in the auto industry.

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How Long Does it Take an Electric Car to Charge?

The time it takes an electric car to charge can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours

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Top 9 Reasons to Buy an Electric Car

If you’re considering buying an electric car, you may have some questions about the advantages and disadvantages of going electric

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Buying an Electric Car: Tips for First-Time Buyers

Cost efficiency, environmental benefits, and innovative technology—there are so many reasons to buy an electric car.

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Types of Electric Vehicles

Understand the different types of electric vehicles, from traditional to hybrid, to supercharge the buying process.


Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

A BEV, also called an all-electric car, is a battery-powered electric vehicle. BEVs use only their electric motor for propulsion. This means they produce zero tailpipe emissions.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

HEV is a hybrid electric vehicle. An HEV is an electrified car that runs on an internal combustion engine and an electric motor using energy from a battery.

Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)

A PHEV is a plug-in hybrid vehicle. PHEVs plug into a power outlet to charge their batteries and also have a gasoline engine on board that can power the car once the battery is depleted.

FAQs About Electric Cars

The short answer is that no, electric cars do not use oil. This is because electric vehicles are powered solely by a battery, removing the need for motor oil. There are no pistons, valves, or other mechanical parts that require lubrication, which would otherwise require oil. 


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Electric cars draw electricity from a power source and store it in a battery. This is done by plugging an electric car into a charging point, where the battery can fully charge. The battery then powers the motor, which controls the wheels. While driving, the battery provides energy to the electric motor which replaces the need for a gas engine. 

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The time it takes an electric car to charge can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. But on average, an electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty to full with a 7kW charging point. How long it takes to charge an electric car will depend on the capacity of the battery, the type of charging port, and the speed of the power output.


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On average, an all-electric car can go 200-250 miles on one charge. However, newer models from high-end manufacturers can go as far as 600 miles on one charge. EV range is projected to continue increasing in the coming years. Currently, almost every electric car from the 2022 model year being sold in the U.S. has an EPA-tested range of over 200 miles.


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If you’re considering buying an electric car, you may have some questions about the advantages and disadvantages of going electric. Like any major car purchase, there are key pros and cons to weigh before buying an electric car. But given the pros of an electric car—like fuel savings, ease of maintenance, and reduced carbon footprint—we believe purchasing an EV is worth it.


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When choosing the best electric car, start by prioritizing your needs and budget. While it can all seem overwhelming, the easiest way to buy an electric vehicle is to talk it through with an expert. At Diepholz Auto, that’s exactly what we’re here for. We want to ensure you make an informed decision based on the newest trends and features in the EV industry.

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Almost all electric vehicles come with a 110-volt-compatible, or Level 1, home connector kit. EV owners can charge their car at home by pulling into their garage and plugging it in. You can use a standard outlet or install a wall charger for a quicker charge.

When it comes to choosing an electric car vs. a conventional gas car, EVs offer several advantages. With an EV, you can save on fuel costs, get better fuel economy, receive local incentives, plus save the world one drive at a time. Ultimately, the choice between a gas car and an electric car is a personal one that should be made by weighing the top pros and cons for each.

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Find Charging Stations in Illinois

By 2030, 500,000 additional public chargers will be available nationwide. Find local charging stations near Charleston and Paris, Illinois to get amped for your next trip.


  1. Diepholz Auto Group

    631 W Lincoln Ave
    Charleston, IL 61920

    • Sales: (217) 348-0141
  2. Diepholz Auto Group of Paris, Inc.

    15126 US Highway 150
    Paris, IL 61944-6615

    • Sales: (217) 861-4433
  3. Diepholz Auto Charleston

    631 W Lincoln Ave
    Charleston, IL 61920

    • Sales: (217) 348-0141
  4. Diepholz Auto Paris

    15200 Us Highway 150
    PARIS, IL 61944

    • Sales: (217) 465-8521
  5. Northside Ford Lincoln

    1312 N. Keller Drive
    Effingham, IL 62401

    • Sales: (217) 342-3929
  6. Northside Ford Lincoln

    1312 N. Keller Drive
    Effingham, IL 62401

    • Sales: (217) 342-3929
  7. Northside Ford Lincoln

    1312 N Keller Dr
    Effingham, IL 62401

    • Sales: (217) 348-0141
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