Electric cars may or may not be the future. The fate of electric cars would depend on how the technology evolves. One expects electric cars to become dominant in years to come but there are some challenges that have to be overcome to see that day. Today, electric cars have certain distinct advantages and some very obvious limitations. Whether or not you would consider investing in an electric car would depend on how the pros and cons weigh for you.
It is unwise to look at electric cars pros and cons in general because there are three types of electric cars. There is an all electric battery powered car, a plug in hybrid vehicle that has a battery which can be plugged in for charging and there is a gas tank and the third is a hybrid electric vehicle that doesn’t require to be plugged in for charging. Hybrid vehicles are more in demand today than all electric battery powered cars.
Let us take a look at electric cars pros and cons, while including the variants.
1. Electric cars are quieter. One doesn’t need to be an expert to understand why electric cars are quieter. There is no gasoline engine and no petroleum powered motors or any elaborate setup as such. It is likely that you wouldn’t even notice or feel any thrusts or bursts of power while driving an electric car. Electric cars don’t have any lag time between your action and the car’s reaction. Electricity is immediately transmitted whenever you step on the speed and the car accelerates immediately.
2. Consistent torque is another distinct advantage of electric cars. This is also due to no time lapse between the battery powering the car and your actions. With gasoline engines, there is a negligible lag and you also don’t get consistent torque with most gasoline cars.
3. Electric cars are clearly advantageous for the environment. There is no carbon emission. Actually, there is no exhaust pipe emitting particulate matter and toxic pollutants. Electric cars are thus good for mankind and for nature. This is one reason why most state and federal governments are offering rebates to those who buy electric cars. There are many state and federal sponsored programs to develop new technology for electric cars.
4. Electric cars are cheaper to operate than gasoline cars. Electricity is less expensive than gas and thus the cost of driving a mile is less with electric cars than conventional cars. This applies to all electric cars with the exception of those that have a gas tank. When you use the gas engine in such cars, there would be no significant cost difference.
5. Electric cars are easier to maintain. The cost of maintenance is also low. In electric car engines, there are very few moving parts. With limited mechanical parts and functions, there is less scope of them wearing out or needing some attending to.
6. Electric cars also come with longer warranty than gasoline powered vehicles. The power train for example comes with eight years or eighty thousand miles warranty. This typicality of electric cars is rare and almost unheard of in gasoline cars.
7. Electric cars can be charged at home. One doesn’t have to drive to a gas station. You wouldn’t have to wake up in the morning and find no juice in your car, that is unless you forget plugging in the battery or you don’t have any electricity for the whole night before.
1. Electric cars are considerably more expensive than gasoline cars. In some cases, the cost difference can be several thousands of dollars. There are some rebate programs that you can use but even then you would be expected to pay considerably more.
2. Electric cars come with a range of up to a hundred miles. Most electric cars would run out of juice at about seventy or eighty odd miles. This is not helpful for those who intend to drive a hundred miles or more at one stretch. The hybrid vehicle which also has a gas engine will be helpful but then the hybrids cost a lot.
3. Charging stations is a problem. The range or miles an electric car can run on one full charge would not be a problem if there were many charging stations every ten odd miles but then so many stations are not available right now. There are regions in the country where there are no charging stations at all.
4. Setting up the home charging station is going to cost an additional investment. In most cases, you are looking at upward of a thousand bucks. This is in addition to the cost of the car. No electric car comes with the home charging station cost included in its price.
5. Electric cars can take a long time to get recharged. Many people may not have that luxury of time, especially when they have to rush to work or when one is expected to reach somewhere by a certain time.
6. There are very few models and even brands of electric cars to choose from. This lack of option for consumers is another bummer.