Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

Purchasing a new car is a big life decision. If you are deciding between electric and fuel-powered vehicles, you might have a long list of questions for the dealer. What’s more expensive…but what’s a better investment? How often will I need to charge my electric car?

How badly does a fuel-powered car hurt the environment? To be honest, the questions are endless. Thankfully, we’ve got the answers (or, at least, most of them!). 

What are the Pros to Owning an Electric Car? 

Being a responsible citizen? You can absolutely make that happen with an electric car. Owning an electric car can help you reduce your carbon footprint by lowering your emissions as you travel to work, school, and vacation. Plus, they offer a whole host of benefits. 

Electric cars are energy efficient.

First, electric cars are efficient in producing actual energy for powering the wheels. Compared to conventional gas-powered vehicles, electric cars convert up to 62 percent of energy into vehicle movement; gas cars only convert 21 percent on average.

Electric cars are low maintenance.

Electric cars also don’t require quite as much up-keep. With fewer fluids (like oil and transmission fluid) to change and far fewer moving parts, you’ll be happy to note that you’ll spend less time at the repair shop.

Electric cars are very quiet.

Most electric cars are very quiet. With an easy-going engine, you’ll enjoy a smooth ride every time; and when you ride along with your fuel-powered friends, you’ll see the difference.

What are the Cons to Owning an Electric Car? 

Owning an electric car can be a major plus. You’ll contribute to a healthier environment and you’ll be saving on gas…what’s not to love? But, it can also  have its disadvantages. Here, let’s cover a few cons of owning an electric car. 

Electric cars take longer to “refuel”.

Compared to a quick stop at the filling station, your electric car will take longer to refuel. Typically, it can take up to 8 hours to fully recharge the battery pack with a Level 1 or Level 2 charger. Fast charging stations can take up to 30 minutes to “refuel” your ride. 

Electric cars are more expensive.

You also have to consider the up-front price tag when purchasing a new vehicle. New electric cars can cost, on average, anywhere between $22,000 to $72,000 at their base price. Adding additional features will only increase the final bill. 

Electric cars have a limited range.

Thinking about taking a long road trip? Think again. Electric cars typically have a shorter range than gas-powered cars. Most models have a range of 60 and 120 miles per charge. On average, a gas-powered vehicle can make it over 300 miles on a tank of gas. 

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