The Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles
Even though there are several electric vehicles (EVs) on the market, there is still quite a bit of confusion as to the advantageous and disadvantageous to these electric cars. So, this article is here to help understand the pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle to help you decide what is best for you.
The Advantages of Electric Vehicles
- Home Charging: Imagine never having to go to a gas station and wait for your car to be refueled. Now imagine going home and taking a few seconds to plug in your car and just walking away until the next day, when you just need to unplug your car. In my opinion, home charging is must more convenient and takes less of our time than pumping gas at a gas station.
- Cheaper to Recharge: The cost to recharge an EV is much lower than refueling most cars.
- Cheaper to Operate: EVs do not use motor oil, brake fluid, serpentine belts, alternators, fuel injectors, etc. With fewer moving parts, electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain.
- Last Longer: With fewer mechanic parts, electrics cars are believed to last much longer.
- Cheaper Overall Costs: If you plan on keeping your car for at least 100,000 to 200,000 miles, then EVs are estimated to be cheaper in the long term especially since they are believed to last much longer than are regular car.
- Quieter: Electric vehicles are much quieter. In fact, the tires grinding against the asphalt typically make the loudest noises on electric cars, and this noise is almost unnoticeable next to a loud combustible engine.
- Environment: EVs are estimated to be better for the environment. They produce less pollution during operation and manufacturing, and even their batteries can be recycled.
- Tax Credits: Governments are incentivizing EVs by providing tax credits to car buyers, thus decreasing the upfront costs.
- Speed: Performance of electric cars can be much higher than traditional cars. In fact, many sport car manufacturers are converting to all electric.
The Disadvantages of Electric Vehicles
- Higher Cost: Because of the costs of batteries, the initial purchase price of electric vehicles are typically higher than traditional economic cars, however they can be price comparable with luxury vehicles.
- Limited Range: Since EVs are powered by batteries and batteries are heavy, electric cars can have a limited driving range before needing to recharge.
- Slow Charging: Charging batteries is very slow. Charging at home can take hours, however it is not a problem if you can charge overnight. And there are public high speed chargers to reduce charging time, it they will still take a long time to full charge.
- Fewer Charging Stations: There are much fewer charging stations than gas stations. With luck and planning, this may change in the future.
- Replacing Batteries: Batteries are the most expensive part of all EVs, and they will need periodic replacing. Fortunately, EVs contain several separate batteries that can be individually replaced as needed. EVs can still function, with even more limit range, if some of their batteries are not working.
- Limited Selection: Finally, there are very few all electric vehicles in the market. Manufacturers have even produced hybrid vehicles that have both combustible engines and electric motors as alternatives.
by Phil for Humanity