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Pros and Cons of Driving an Electric Vehicle

Pros and Cons of Driving an Electric Vehicle

 

The world is heading down the path to using less fossil fuels in order to prolong the life of the planet.  That means that vehicles, which are a major contributor to emissions, are turning more and more to electricity as fuel instead of gasoline.  Let’s look at the pros and cons of driving a fully electric car vs a gas powered one.

Pro: Emissions Reduction

EVs run on a rechargeable battery, so they don’t produce tailpipe emissions at all.  The electricity used to recharge your battery can be sourced domestically, and can come from renewable sources such as solar power.

Technology is improving all the time on these vehicles, so the further along we go, the more efficient they will become.

Pro: Energy Efficiency

EVs are far more energy efficient than gas-powered vehicles.  This means that the amount of energy that is converted from the fuel source to actually power the vehicle’s movement is higher than with internal combustion engines.

Pro: Low Maintenance

Generally speaking, an electric vehicle requires less maintenance than an internal combustion engine.  Simply by virtue of there being less moving parts involved.  An added pro to this point is that the engine is quiet and driving is smooth.

Con: Expenses

Upfront, EVs are more expensive than gas-powered vehicles right now.  That can be a difficult bridge to cross for a lot of people.  What’s important to consider though is that you’ll be saving in the long run on other items like maintenance and of course, gas.  There are also tax credits and incentives available to those who purchase green vehicles.

Con: Less Distance

EVs are excellent for short trips, but as it stands today, they don’t have the range to travel as far as a gas car.  As time goes on technology will always move forward.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see EVs able to travel a distance equal to a gas-powered car in the coming years.

Con: Recharging Time

Refueling at the gas station takes mere minutes but recharging your car’s battery can take hours.  Depending on the charger, it can take up to 8 hours to fully charge a battery.  It’s great if you’ve only got your short commute every day: you can plug your car in when you get home and let it charge overnight!  If you want to travel a long distance though, you need to be aware of charging stations and plan ahead.

EVs are the next step to a healthier future, so if you’re in the market for a new car, consider going electric!

 

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