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How does an electric car work?

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Sean requests: Say you were trying to teach yourself, to a 99th percentile *layperson’s* level, how, say, an electric car actually worked. How would you go about doing that, precisely? I am not sure exactly how high (or low) a standard that is, but here is what I would do. 1. Watch a few YouTube videos. 2. Read a book or two on how electric cars work, along the way finding an expert or mentor who could answer my questions. 3. If needed, read a more general book about electricity. 4. Try to explain to someone else how electric cars work.  Try again. I would recommend this same general method for many particular questions. The post How does an electric car work? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.         CommentsIn reply to Rahul. > Does it turn into a generator the moment

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Sean requests:

Say you were trying to teach yourself, to a 99th percentile *layperson’s* level, how, say, an electric car actually worked. How would you go about doing that, precisely?

I am not sure exactly how high (or low) a standard that is, but here is what I would do.

1. Watch a few YouTube videos.

2. Read a book or two on how electric cars work, along the way finding an expert or mentor who could answer my questions.

3. If needed, read a more general book about electricity.

4. Try to explain to someone else how electric cars work.  Try again.

I would recommend this same general method for many particular questions.

The post How does an electric car work? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Tyler Cowen
Tyler Cowen is an American economist, academic, and writer. He occupies the Holbert C. Harris Chair of economics as a professor at George Mason University and is co-author, with Alex Tabarrok, of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution. Cowen and Tabarrok have also ventured into online education by starting Marginal Revolution University. He currently writes the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, and he also writes for such publications as The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, and the Wilson Quarterly.

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