Let’s look at the Pros, and Cons of Electric Vehicles
Let’s dive in and get a feel for where we are right now.
We would most certainly have to be blind, or of lived under a slimy rook for a while not to have noticed the hype around the electric car boom. So, these cars are getting better looking, more aerodynamic, and hopefully cheaper as technology moves on.
Some mainstem manufacturers are even stating that they will be all-electric, Volvo has made it public as soon as 2030, ambitious yes, attainable, well it is Volvo, and they usually get it right.
I am going to focus here on Electric Cars.
- Lower ongoing expense
- Reduction of the carbon footprint
- Lower maintenance requirement
- High-quality performance
- Not enough charging stations
- Long battery replenishment time
- Shorter driving range
- High upfront costs
- Battery expense
Firstly, the pros of the electric car
When looking to purchase an electric car against the petrol/diesel driven models, here are a few things you may want to consider.
Lower daily outgoings
You will find recharging an electric car much easier on your wallet, than fueling up its petrol/diesel brother or sister.
A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This number can vary based on a vehicle’s fuel, fuel economy, and the number of miles driven per year.
If you could make it possible to charge your electric car through solar power, then this will give you the best scenario, thus finding you would have no Co2 waste emission whatsoever through the lifespan of your vehicle.
Greatly reduced maintenance requirements
Within petrol diesel engines you will find a huge amount of parts moving around to make your engine work, and lots of costly maintenance and service costs, this is not part of the remit on electric cars.
It is thought electric cars will outlast normal cars, due to fewer moving parts.
Better execution, generally electric cars ride is a better experience, due to no exhaust system, giving a much quieter drive when out and about.
Convenience at home or office
Lots of people have said the electric revolution will never take off, well I think they may be proved wrong, with many charging points being fitted at your home or office, that scenario is dissolving quite rapidly, charging in some cases in under an hour.
I promised a balanced view, well here are the Cons
In the Pros article, I have shown most things you will need to know, it’s worth noting, that it is not all plain sailing.
Look electric has its place, but with all the good, here are some of the bad bits. Where are the charging stations, well with any new tech, it takes a while to roll out the infrastructure, something certainly missed from the plan when EV was born? This is getting better day by day.
Charging, doesn’t that take forever?
I guess I would say the early technology on recharging EV was pretty much a slow process, dependent on the amount of money you wanted to spend on your charging unit, this technology has moved on leaps and bounds, but if your battery is virtually dead, you could be hanging around your fuel/charge point an hour or so, to get fully charged.
You can’t get far with an EV?
EV cars only have a problem on long-distance stuff, your hard-working sales managers may do 200/300 miles a day, therefore requiring a few charges, locally there should be no issues.
Vastly more expensive to buy initially
When I have studied buying an EV Car, all be you can gain tax credit advantages and fuel savings, electric cars as we speak have much higher initial buying costs than their petrol/diesel guslars.
Whoa, the batteries are a fortune to replace
This for me personally is the scary bit, all be this can be alleviated if you have a 3-to-5-year car replacement policy. Something worth thinking about, if you can’t get battery replacement out of your mind.
There are some wild estimates of £1000 to £5000 on the cost of replacement, of course, this would be dependent on which model you have, I am one for the insurance policy of, replace the car before this becomes a problem.
Well, here we go folks, The 64 Million Dollar Question?
Is an Electric Car for You?
Hey look I will leave that one for you, in my opinion, they have a place, but what is the residual left behind? when nobody wants these things at the end of life, battery recycling and reuse, all this must be debated, I feel we are a long way from the answers. Hit me with yours, am I right or wrong, you tell me.