Are Electric Vehicles the Revolution of the Future?

Electric Vehicles have seen a surge in popularity over the last few years. While owners have taken notice of the positive effects electric cars have, the real impact will come when big companies and large cities follow. The impact of a movement to electric vehicles could be revolutionary. But what is it about electric cars that make them so innovative? Here are some Pros and Cons.

PROS:

Quiet Power

It only takes one ride in a battery powered car to understand the minimal noise-sometimes you can’t even tell the vehicle is on! What surprises people usually is the power when you step on the accelerator. For example, the Tesla Model S can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Home Recharging

With an electric vehicle, you’d never need to visit a gas station again. For convenience alone, the electric vehicle more than makes up for your time—it can charge while you sleep. Depending on the make and model, one charge can go 100 miles or more. But, that gas expense is just replaced by a greater electric expense so you would have to really weigh the odds on what is most financially beneficial.

No Tailpipe Emissions

Electric cars don’t have a gas burning engine, so there is no tailpipe. Therefore, there are no emissions with an electric vehicle. This for sure improves air quality.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

In most parts of the world, electricity is a cheaper option than petroleum. The cost per mile to fuel an electric vehicle is about one quarter to one third the cost of gasoline. Think about this: with electric cars, oil changes and emissions checks are not required. Therefore, you can save on some maintenance costs. An electric vehicle requires no engine maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about your vehicle’s brake system, steering, cabin air filter,  air conditioning, and other issues that may arise as the car ages.

CONS:

Limited Range

“Range Anxiety” is an issue among many electric vehicle owners. Some affordable electric cars only have about 80 to 100 miles of range and take hours to recharge. While it’s true the range and cost of electric car batteries is improving every year, unless you have an electric car with a back up range extending engine, you’ll need to plan your routes carefully if you’re going on vacation.

Long Recharging Time

This can be an issue for road trips, since the current required time to recharge can take up to eight hours vs. the short time it takes to fill up your gas tank. Don’t forget, you may also have to add extra time to drive “off route” to find a charging station. Electric cars can add about 20 to 25 miles of range in an hour when charging from a 240-volt source of electricity.

Higher Initial Cost

Do you have a $40,000 budget for your car? You’re going to need it for the current electric models. Leasing plans are still affordable; however, with the reduction of maintenance costs, owning could still be cost effective.

Limited Consumer Choice

The limited amount of electric vehicles on the market consists of compact pure electric cars and midsize plug-in hybrid sedans. However, this is changing. Tesla Model X, an all electric SUV, is shaking up the market, and several major automakers set aggressive goals to release new plug-in models in the coming years. Unlike hybrid cars, which are fueled by gas and battery, the electric vehicle is a real revolution. With a little bit of innovation, the limits of electric cars will be a thing of the past.

Written by GT Service Center

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