The PRO's of Electric Cars
1. Quiet at Both low and HIGH Speeds
2. Charge at Home, NO Gas... EVER.
3. Instant Torque and Acceleration
4. NO Loss of Power at High Elevations
5. NO Tailpipe Emissions, EVER.
6. Very LOW Maintenance Cost
7. Financial Incentive Programs Available
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 (USA 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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.