Going Electric: Should You Switch Cars?

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Electric cars are getting the mainstream attention that they deserve. Advances in technology have made electric vehicles a viable alternative to standard gas vehicles. However, is an electric car right for you?

1. Range

The lithium battery packs in electric automobiles have gone through many changes and improvements. Some electric car models can drive up to 200 miles on a full charge. If you’re not driving state to state and you’re just driving to the office, using an electric car won’t be a problem. Charging at home when you return to work and unplugging as you leave the next day will give your electric vehicle more than enough charge for your daily commute. Modern charging platforms now allow the lithium batteries in your car to charge at faster rates, and advances in battery technology have given lithium batteries better mileage and power.

2. Fuel Cost

Fuel costs continually rise, while the cost of electricity remains more or less stable. A study featured in the journal Applied Energy stated that even with their higher price, electric vehicles are cheaper to own than regular cars. Driving an electric car can save you 2/3 of what you’ll usually pay for gasoline or diesel. The global demand for oil has also spiked, particularly in India and China, leading to continuously increasing oil prices.

3. Ride Quality

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Modern electric cars can stand toe-to-toe with their gas-guzzling counterparts when it comes to performance. Electric cars can now reach higher speeds and outperform most cars when it comes to acceleration. Electric cars can use maximum torque from a standstill without the need to switch gears, providing a faster and smoother acceleration. Electric vehicles also drive silently at any speeds. The lack of gears also results in smoother rides.

4. Maintenance

You’ll be spending less time at the shop with an electric car. Electric cars have fewer moving parts, minimizing wear and tear and the possibility of something going wrong. Electric cars don’t use oil. You won’t need to leave your car in the shop for a long oil change. No smoke means no emissions, and no fuel means no need for filtering services. Even your car’s brakes last longer with an electric vehicle. Replacing batteries for electric cars can be expensive, but most warranties last for eight years or 100,000 miles.

5. Environmental Concern

Electric cars don’t produce smoke or release contaminants in the air. Of course, they might indirectly do so if their source of energy uses fossil fuels in energy generation. In the U.S., that’s still more than 50 percent. However, electric vehicles are still better for the environment than standard cars that run on gasoline and diesel.

In the end, advances in technology have made electric cars a reliable alternative for everyday drivers who want to save money and preserve the environment. Batteries are becoming cheaper and more efficient, and charging times are getting shorter. Since fuel prices are rising and electric vehicles are becoming more affordable, most of the cars in the future might be electric.

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