Electric vehicles may look smaller than larger, gas-powered vehicles from the outside. Although they might appear smaller than larger gas-powered vehicles and may fit in smaller spaces, EVs can actually pack more space into their small size.
Because EVs are smaller than gas-powered counterparts, they have more space because there are fewer moving parts. Plus, EVs are more spacious thanks to technological advances and smaller parts.
No Engine = More Space
Gas-powered vehicles are designed to have a wide range of large parts such as engines, gas tanks and multi-speed gearboxes. They also include exhaust systems, catalytic converters and other components.
However, EVs don’t require all of those big parts.
- They don’t burn fuel so they don’t need an exhaust system.
- An EV does not have a radiator so a grille is unnecessary.
- The electric vehicle motors have only one speed which means that they do not require a transmission or a gearbox.
- Other parts that are missing include spark plugs and a timing belt.
The key to a spacious interior is that EVs use a small motor and rechargeable batteries to power their vehicles. This means that the overall design of an EV can be modified to increase performance and provide more space for both the driver and the passengers.
All parts of the cabin can be expanded without the need for a large, gas-powered engine that takes up so much space underneath the hood. An EV allows front seats to be placed further forward than a gasoline car. Rear seat passengers have more legroom as they go up.
Is there an Interior Floor “Hump”?
With EVs, you get more interior space. For more legroom behind the seats, EVs can remove the central floor tunnel hump that you see in gas cars.
While many EVs do not remove the tunnel completely, some use a smaller version to store batteries or storage compartments.
The tunnel can be removed to give the interior of an electric vehicle the illusion of more space. For example, rear passengers don’t have to raise their knees to fit in the back seat. Even everyday items such as grocery bags and backpacks can be easily stored on the back floor.
Skateboard Effect: Full-size Interior with a Medium-Size Body
Smart design is another reason EVs can be larger than regular gas cars. VW, Ford and other EV automakers use the skateboard design. Because of the location of the wheels on an EV, this system gives EVs a significant space advantage.
A gasoline car is like a pair of skates, and an electric vehicle as a skateboard. The wheels of a pair are placed very close together under the skater’s body. The space between the front and rear wheels is very limited. Everything is packed in between them.
The wheels of a skateboard are, however, set further apart beneath the platform. While EVs place everything between the wheels just like a gasoline car, the wheel spacing design difference allows for more space in the interior.
The Skateboard platform’ houses batteries, brakes, motors, and other essential parts. Typically inside the platform is used to provide a flat platform for the EV’s interior and exterior design. Skateboards offer more interior space than traditional gas cars and a lower center-of-gravity, which makes them easier to handle.
This, combined with the fact that EVs require far fewer parts than a gasoline car, will quickly show how much space is available in the interior. This skateboard-inspired design allows EV automakers to place essential parts wherever they wish on the car’s platform, and arrange seating and storage areas in any arrangement they choose.
On the other hand, gasoline-powered cars place the engine and steering system on top of the flat bottom. They also have to add all other parts above the base. All other parts must be placed above the flat base of a gasoline car. This will limit interior space.
The skateboard design continues to be improved by EV automakers, with each version focusing on comfort for both driver and passenger.
Ree, an Israeli EV automaker offers a design that allows buyers to build a custom EV by using a modular approach. This is similar to how you can make modular homes by combining pre-built parts in different ways.
The video shows how Ree’s Electric Vehicle’s “skateboard” designed platform can power the vehicle. This flat base allows for any interior design to be created.
Another EV automaker uses the skateboard method as a reusable base to make multiple types of EV body. This improves production time and lowers manufacturing costs.
The Double Trunk Trick: More stuff with EV increased cargo capacity
The skateboard design includes moving parts in its base platform. This allows for more storage under the hood, where the engine used be.
EV automakers often create a front trunk, sometimes called a ‘frunk,’ to make the most of the space. Many EVs have a second trunk that can be used for storage.
The 2022 Nissan Leaf, for example, has 23.6 cubic feet of space. It also includes 30 cubic feet if you add the flexible back area. Many of these emergency latches can be opened wirelessly and are found in larger containers.
Some trunks come with dividers to keep stuff in place. You can also add cargo netting or bungee belts to your front trunks.
A typical electric SUV can store approximately 30 square feet of storage, without the back seats folded down. It can fit two bags of luggage, two large suitcases and one backpack or soft-sided overnight bag.
Even after all the luggage has been loaded, the rear windows won’t be blocked so that family members can still enjoy the road trip.
The Mustang Mach-e, a newer EV, offers a feature that allows drivers to tailgate or “frunkgate”. The frunk on the Mach-e has a drain hole that allows owners to fill it with ice to keep food and drinks cold, and then drain the melted ice from the bottom.
Even a small hatchback model EV can provide a lot of storage. A compact EV can store a bicycle or Christmas tree.
You can also refer to the front truck as the front luggage box. The trunk is also known as the trunk in Europe and the UK. They may also refer to the storage area the front boot, or froot.