As electric cars have been getting a lot of attention in the press lately, we thought today might be a good time to publish an article that explains the pros and cons of these models. Once you’ve read through all the information on this page, you should have a better idea about whether or not electric cars are suitable for you. With that in mind, we’d like to get started straightaway. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all champagne and roses.
The pros of electric cars:
- Environmentally-friendly. While oil still has to be burned to create the electricity you use at public charging points, there is no reason you can’t purchase a solar panel for the job at home. That means your car will be considerably more environmentally-friendly than most of the others on the road today. We recently heard about a Mitsubishi i-MiEV owner who uses this technique, and he felt the investment in solar panels paid for itself in under twelve months.
- Good safety records. Electric cars are safer than their counterparts for a couple of reasons. First of all, they don’t contain any flammable liquids that could catch fire in the event of a crash. Secondly, most models have a top speed of less than one-hundred and ten miles per hour. That means people tend to drive them in a more conservative manner. Out of all the accidents reported on our roads this year, only a very small percentage of them involved electric cars.
- Cheaper in the long run. While electric models cost a little more to purchase initially, the amount you save on fuel means they’re much cheaper in the long run. Indeed, that is why so many business owners have purchased them over the last few months. As company cars, they’re perfect.
The cons of electric cars:
- Limited range. Most electric cars have a range of around eighty to one-hundred miles when fully charged. That means you have to plan long journeys in advance to ensure you reach a charging point in time. However, as more charging points are rolled out across the country, this issue will become resolved.
- Longer refueling time. Public charging points should allow you to add an extra fifty miles to your journey when used for around twenty-five minutes. Even so, that is a long time for you to be waiting around.
- High initial cost. As we mentioned only a moment ago, electric cars are considerably more expensive than their counterparts. That said, you save a lot of money on road tax and fuel, so they do pay for themselves if you keep them for a long enough period.
Now you’ve read through all the pros and cons of electric cars; the decision on whether or not to invest should become much simpler. At the end of the day, electric cars are the future, and we will all have them on our driveways soon. Whatever you decide to do, we hope this article has helped you make an educated assessment.
See you next time!