Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

Elon Musk with Tesla are making a strong comeback making electric cars look more and more attractive. Obviously the major difference between these and the traditional vehicle is the way the car is fueled. If you’ve been considering making the switch, look to see if the pros outweigh the cons for you.

Pros:

  1. Cheaper to Run: You don’t have to sweat the ever-changing price of the gallon of gas. The electricity charge is generally the same regardless of the time of year.
  2. Charge Anywhere: You can hook up your vehicle wherever there are electric chargers. You can refuel at work, at home, or while you’re getting groceries. Wherever there is a charger, you can plug in and be ready to go.
  3. Quiet Engine: The combustion engine is non-existent, so there’s no roaring engine. Ride around in luxury with a stunningly quiet engine. Hear your favorite music on the drive with every note intact because of the sweet lull of the electric engine.
  4. Tax Breaks: The government is encouraging more people to purchase these vehicles by offering serious tax breaks when you buy and own an electric car. They recognize the benefits that it has on our environment and want to make it a more attractive option for people looking to purchase vehicles.
  5. Environmentally Friendly: You get the generous tax breaks because these vehicles are more environmentally friendly. We are trying to reduce pollution and the harmful effects of gasoline on our environment collectively, which is why the government is getting involved. If you are environmentally conscious, then you can drive around with peace of mind knowing that you are supporting the efforts to make the world a little cleaner.

Cons:

  1. Charging Stations: There aren’t tons of electric cars on the road just yet, which means that charging stations are less frequent. Gas stations seem to litter the sides of the road, but it can be difficult to find charging stations out on the town. This also means that rural areas don’t support electric vehicles well. There are even less charging stations, and things are spread further making you have to charge more frequently.
  2. Limited Range: Making extensively long trips are generally out of the question. Most electric vehicles have a charge range of about 100 miles. It’s not terrible, but you can’t go cross-country with an electric vehicle without stopping frequently to charge.
  3. Higher Initial Cost: Electric vehicles cost more upfront. The new technology means that they are more difficult to make and the parts are more unique. A simple 4-door sedan is significantly more than it’s gas counterpart. Until the electric vehicle becomes more popular, these prices will remain higher.
  4. Fewer Options to Choose From: There aren’t as many models of electric cars to choose from. If you’re in love with a specific style and body, then you may have to settle when shopping for an electric car. They are still great vehicles, but there aren’t as many out on the market as the traditional gas automotives.

The truth is that electric cars aren’t the best option for everyone, but they can be a good option for some. If you live in a city and you don’t need to travel long distances, then an electric vehicle can be the way to go. Those out in the country that need to pull trailers or transport heavy loads, you need to stick to gas for now. Hopefully, in the future, we can find a way to make electric cars that can be universally used for all purposes. 

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