People opt to buy electric cars essentially because of carbon footprint reduction. We are becoming more conscious of the impact we have on the environment, and eco-friendly vehicles offer an attractive alternative. Are there other advantages of going green? What are the cons of these vehicles?
- Electric cars use no fossil fuel at all. This scores big points in terms of impact to environment.
- The owners don’t need to buy fuel and therefore save more money. Electric power cost is much more predictable than ever-changing fuel prices.
- Simple construction of an electric car drive, compared to the traditionally powered cars, is a plus. The owners don’t need to be afraid of many breakdowns and there’s no necessity to change car filters or oil. It leads to considerable savings and much easier control.
- Much less car exhaust as well as much more silent car operation. It’s a win-win for both the environment and car owner who’s not exposed to a continuous engine noise.
- Lowermaintenance costs because of fewer moving parts.
- In many experts' opinions, electric cars are much safer in case of any accident. It lacks fuel and other substances that could potentially explode.
- The largest drawback would be the range. Most electric vehicles can run for only 60 to 70 miles on a charge.
- The availability of public charging stations is sometimes a challenge.
- Added cost of in-home charging.
- Electric cars take longer to "refuel". Even fast charging stations take 30 minutes to charge to 80 percent capacity. Electric car drivers have to plan more carefully, because running out of power can't be solved by a quick stop at the gas pump.
- Electric cars are more expensive, and battery packs may need to be replaced more than once over the lifetime of the car.
Electri vehicles must be assessed taking into consideration the personal needs and vehicle usage.