Pro’s and Con’s of ELECTRIC Cars

Pros and Cons of Electric Cars
When it comes to the subject of electric cars, there’s two types of people.
 
There’s the: “Electric cars are far superior transportation vehicles and are the FUTURE!” and… “Electric cars are too inconvenient, too expensive, and too complex. I don’t trust them!”.
 
It can be tough to find an unbiased point of view, talking about the good and bad aspects of EV’s. Since late 2016, I have borrowed and rented at least 3 dozen different EV’s and PHEV’s.
 
Before you decide to purchase an electric vehicle, read the 11 advantages and 6 disadvantages below. 

The PRO's of Electric Cars

1. Quiet at Both low and HIGH Speeds

Electric Cars Are Quiet
Electric cars are quieter than their gas counterparts. With an absence of the motor and transmission, you reduce road noise SIGNIFICANTLY. At high speeds, most electric vehicles (especially the long range ones) are very aerodynamic.
 
Also, as air flows over the vehicle, there’s less friction

2. Charge at Home, NO Gas... EVER.

Charge Your Electric Vehicle at HOME, no gas, EVER
One of the BEST things about electric cars (aside from being eco friendly), is the ability to “refuel” at home.
 
If you install an electric car charger at home, you can draw energy from the grid. This energy can charge the battery of your electric vehicle and reduce your reliance on public charging stations.

3. Instant Torque and Acceleration

You Get Instant Torque
Who said you can’t have fun in an electric car?
 
Due to NO internal combustion, battery powered electric motors get power INSTANTLY. From the cheap Mitsubishi i-MiEV, to the blazing fast Tesla Model S and X.
 
Compared to an average automobile, acceleration is much quicker!
 
*Abusing an electric vehicle is almost impossible. No matter how many times you mash the throttle, it will speed up the same way, time and time again.

4. NO Loss of Power at High Elevations

No Oxygen Starvation for EV's
Most people know the downside of driving a gas or diesel powered vehicle in high elevations. The problem with the engine becomes lack of oxygen.
 
While fossil powered vehicles lose close to 50% of their power, all battery powered automobile won’t even flinchNo matter how small or how big the load is, you’ll have the same power at 0 feet as you would at 1000 feet.
 
The only question then becomes, how fast will the battery get drained climbing up hill…
 

5. NO Tailpipe Emissions, EVER.

zero emissions from EV's
Gasoline and diesel powered cars have plenty of pollution from their tail pipes. One of the most obvious results of owning an electric vehicle is having NO tailpipe for gases to escape.
 
Planet earth is getting bombarded with chemicals from millions of automobiles worldwide. By driving an EV, you are burning ZERO fuel and emitting ZERO emissions.

6. Very LOW Maintenance Cost

EV's are low maintenance
Don’t you hate having to always get an oil change every 3-5K miles… It’s a big pain in the bottom to have to pay every few thousand miles for up-keep maintenance cost.
 
On average, a regular electric vehicle will have almost no routine maintenance done. There’s NO engine and NO transmission. Matter of fact, the only things that you may need to replace every now and then would be the brakes.
 
Due to regenerative braking in most EV’s, pads and rotors will last you a very long time. As a whole, reliability is much higher!

7. Financial Incentive Programs Available

government incentives for EV's

If savings tons on gas wasn’t a good enough incentive, how about getting some “Tax Credits” towards your future new EV. That’s right, the government (US in this instance), can give you anywhere between $1,000-$7,500 for buying a brand new electric car. 

This makes an expensive purchase, cheaper. 

Matter of fact, even your state may have a few more incentives in store for your vehicle purchase (think California, Oregon, New Hampshire, and a few other stringent emission states). 

8. Not Just For RICH People, There's Budget Options Too!

Tesla Model S 100D

One of the greatest weaknesses of electric cars (when brand new) is the price. While the price per kW is dropping each year, a brand new car with at least 150-200 miles of range will still cost you $30,000 on average. 

While that may be a bad thing, don’t worry. You can buy a USED one for more 1/3 to 1/2 the price. 

To give you an example, look at the Tesla Model S from 2013. A 13′ P85 cost more than $70,000 brand new. Today, you can grab a second hand tesla for $30,000-$40,000. HALF OFF in only 5 years. 

Another example would be a 2013 Nissan Leaf. This car cost around $30,000 brand new, but 6 years later, you can find one for less than $10,000. 

9. Close Your Garage Door, You WON'T Die!

No carbon monoxide poisoning

Ever been scared into NEVER turning your fossil powered vehicle in an enclosed space?

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is real and dangerous. 

Luckily for you, not a single electrical vehicle will negatively affect you in an enclosed space. Matter of fact, there will be absolutely NO adverse effects. 

No tail-pipe = no problem. 

10. Get EXTRA Privileges

privileges for driving an EV

In some states, you can have access to free parking, 24/7 HOV lane use, and some other perks. California is well known state for having “ACCESS OK” stickers. These stickers are placed on electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and hydrogen vehicles. 

11. Driving Range is Getting HIGHER

EV's have longer range now

At first, the most exclusive electric vehicle was the Tesla Roadster with over 200 miles of driving range. This was groundbreaking for its time and a price tag to match it. 

Now there’s almost a dozen (or more) long range electric vehicles on the market for less than $35K USD. These EV’s can drive 200+ miles on a single charge. 

12. You Can Cross The Country In An Electric Car

drive across the country in an ev

Believe it or not, you can actually drive an electric vehicle across the entire country of United States. You can do it in all the Tesla’s (after the Roadster 1.0). The supercharging network is very extensive and allows people to travel into almost ALL states (with North Dakota and Hawaii being the only two with no supercharing stations). 

Using other vehicles might prove to be more difficult, but NOT impossible. Using apps like PlugShare will help you locate charging stations as you continue to drive. 

Worst case scenario, you can use one of MANY level 2 chargers which can give you 10-25 miles per hour. 

The CON's of Electric Cars

1. Range Anxiety is REAL

Range Anxiety

Most affordable electric cars today get 80-150 miles per charge. The range anxiety is real, because what you see on the dash isn’t what you’ll get. 

Unlike with gas automobiles, you burn more energy the faster you drive (highway speeds = less range). If you drive slow, you are going to get greater range predictions (sometimes 2X more). 

Longer range vehicles are starting to become cheaper, so this will become a non-issue further down the road.

2. Electric Cars HATE Extreme Weather

EXTREME COLD AND HOT WEATHER AGAINST EV car

One of the biggest strengths of fossil powered automobiles, is the ability to have the same fuel efficiency (more or less) in HOT and cold weather. 

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about electric cars. Extreme cold can take a serious toll on the battery. The capacity may become capped and the heating of the battery will result in more battery usage. 

Same when its hot, the impact it will have on your vehicle’s drivetrain will be negative. 

3. Sometimes, Chargers Can Be Few and Far Between

few chargers for EV's

Looking at the United States, we are doing MUCH better than our neighbor Canada. While many boast Norway as being the most EV friendly nation on earth, the United Sates has way more recharging stations in total. 

Since the country is VAST, getting from state to state can be an issue (especially if you are trying to go through the mid-west). 

4. Some Repairs Can Be COSTLY

the most expensive repairs for EVs

There’s NO denying that the most expensive component of an electric vehicle is the battery. If bad things happen during the vehicles life time (such as constant extreme weather exposure or too frequent fast charging), you may need to replace it sooner than later. 

In many cases, even with the budget friendly electric vehicles can cost a few thousand dollars (at least). 

5. Level 1 and Level 2 Charging is NOT Convenient

level 1 and level 2 charging can take a while

At the moment, you can’t recharge your vehicle as fast as you fill up a fuel tank at the pump. Most realize this and adjust their lifestyle to make this inconvenience work. 

If your vehicle does not accept DC fast charging, you are out of luck. Level 1 charging (110v) can take upwards of 10+ hours to get a full charge. Level 2 charging is much better, but still takes at least 4+ hours. 

6. Currently, Vehicle Choices Are Limited

limited selection of EV's

Right now, the selection of electric vehicles is fairly limited. Compared to how many choices you have with the traditional gasoline and diesel types, there’s not much to choose from. 

Let’s be real, each year it’s getting much better. Compared to 5 years ago, we had only 1/2 of the electric vehicle’s we have now. The Audi e-Tron, Jaguar i-Pace, Hyundai Kona EV, Chevy Bolt, Kia E-Niro, Volkswagen eGolf, and a few others are recent arrivals. 

Categorizing EV’s by body type is more limiting. There’s less than 5 unique SUV’s currently on the market. There’s also only ONE 2-door sports car currently on the market (Tesla Roadster 1.0). 

It’s only a matter of time before EV’s become the NORM. 

What's The Verdict?

Now that you went through this extensive list, did the pro’s and con’s of electric cars help you out?
 
Based on the benefits listed, there’s more to like about them than not. The biggest determining factor is whether you can compromise some old qualities of driving a fossilIf you can, you’ll be saving money on gas, be greener as a driver, and be part of the movement that IS our future.
 
Believe me, it does not take ages to adjust. Once you picked your EV of choice, get to know it by pushing it towards its limitations. Go around your area and find the charging spots so you can bookmark them for future use. Knowing where to charge and how far your vehicle can go will give you the comfort you peace of mind!

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