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Do electric cars have exhausts?

Do electric cars have exhausts?

If you’re new to the world of electric vehicles (EVs), you may be wondering what parts make an EV tick. And when discussing car parts, one of the main components that comes straight to mind is an exhaust, begging the question – do electric cars have exhausts?

In short, fully electric cars do not have exhausts (battery electric cars), but due to internal differences, hybrid electric vehicles do have exhausts.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about electric vehicles and exhausts.

Do electric vehicles have exhaust

Do electric cars have an exhaust system?

To start, it’s important to understand the different types of electric vehicles (EVs):

  1. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs): A battery electric vehicle does not have an internal combustion engine that petrol and diesel use to run. Instead, they have an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
  2. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs): A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has both an internal combustion engine (found in petrol and diesel vehicles) and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery (found in fully electric cars).

Why is this important? Because the primary reason battery electric cars lack exhausts is due to their powertrain design. Unlike conventional internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE), electric cars use an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack to function.

In fact, battery electric vehicles are often referred to as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) since they do not emit any exhaust gases, greenhouse gases, or harmful pollutants at the tailpipe. And since they don’t produce any harmful emissions, there’s no need for exhausts or parts such as catalytic converters.

And if, on the off chance, you do see a tailpipe on an electric vehicle, it’s not a functioning part – it’s a fake exhaust pipe for appearance’s sake.

Do hybrid electric cars have exhaust pipes?

While battery electric vehicles are zero-emission, unfortunately, hybrid electric vehicles are not since they still utilise an internal combustion engine. Because of this, hybrid electric cars do have exhausts because they house both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

do electric cars have an exhaust system

Why are zero-emission vehicles better for the environment?

  1. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: Since EVs are zero-emission at the tailpipe, battery electric cars do not release carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.
  2. Improved air quality: Traditional internal combustion engine vehicles such as petrol and diesel vehicles release harmful pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, causing various health problems such as respiratory issues.
  3. Renewable energy integration: The shift towards electric vehicles creates opportunities for using renewable energy sources to charge these cars. By harnessing solar energy (or wind with the Zappi) to charge your electric car, you can further reduce your carbon footprint.
  4. Noise pollution reduction: Electric vehicles operate quietly compared to their gas-powered counterparts, with no active sound or engine noises. This reduces noise pollution in urban areas, leading to quieter and more peaceful surroundings for residents. And if you hear any exhaust sounds from an EV, it’s from the sound system, emitting a fake noise to warn pedestrians of movement.

Non-environmental benefits of zero-emission vehicles

Not only are electric cars better for the environment due to their zero-emission nature, but EV owners are exempt from certain charges, such as the Congestion Charge, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, and road tax – saving EV owners on additional costs.

Are there any other zero-emission vehicles available?

Battery electric vehicles are the most notorious zero-emission vehicles, but hydrogen vehicles are also zero-emission.

Do Teslas have an exhaust?

Since Teslas are battery electric cars, they require no exhaust system, meaning no, Teslas do not have exhausts. So the entire Tesla electric car range, including the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y, don’t have exhausts.

Do Teslas have an exhaust


Battery electric cars don’t have exhausts because they use an electric motor instead of a traditional internal combustion engine. This design eliminates tailpipe emissions and, therefore, an exhaust system.


  • EV Types:
    – Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries.
    – Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) combine internal combustion engines and electric motors.
  • Electric cars and exhausts:
    – Fully electric cars do not have exhaust systems due to the lack of internal combustion engine (ICE).
    – Hybrid electric vehicles do have exhausts since they have both an internal combustion engine and a battery electric motor.


Do you have an electric car? Are you interested in cheaper, more convenient EV charging sessions?

As OZEV-approved installers, we can install home, workplace and commercial electric vehicle chargers across the UK – in as little as 8-10 working days from DNO approval.

Contact us at 03333 44 96 99 to discuss your options. We are open seven days a week, including bank holidays, and ready to give free, unbiased advice and EV charger quotes.

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We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation. 

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.