Electric Cars - pros and cons
It's important to understand the pros and cons of full electric cars before making a decision on what to purchase.
Smooth and Quiet
One of the first things you'll notice about electric vehicles is that they are very smooth and quiet to drive.
What surprises people more is the high torque (axle-twisting power) offered by EVs. Step on the accelerator and power is delivered immediately to the wheels, providing an exhilarating driving experience.
Queing up for petrol can be a pain sometimes and having the option to recharge your electic vehicle overnight, at home is an attractive benefit.
Low Running Costs
The cost of electricity is much cheaper than the cost of petrol so large savings are made on "fuel". This is also aided by the fact that electric cars are much more efficient in delivering power to the wheels than their combustion counter parts.
Savings are also made on maintenance costs due to the simplified system i.e. no exhaust, no oil changes, no complicated gear box.
Zero local pollution
Full electric cars have zero tailpipe emmisions. Although this sounds great, it should be remembered that in order to produce the electricity in the first place (to charge the battery) - there's a good chance that fossil fuels were burned in a power station. But, as we move towards generating electricy using more environmentally friendly methods (hydro, wind, solar etc) - we can reduce CO2 emmisions even more.
Range anxiety is a term used to describe peoples worry about the limited range of most fully electric cars.
It's true that long distance drivers will struggle with a fully electric vehicle but for many 80 miles or so per day is plenty.
So, unless your electric vehicle has a back up range extender you need to be careful and ensure your route is with the range of your battery charge or you have a place to recharge.
Long Charge Times
Similar to the issue of range, some people voice concerns over the length of time to charge an electric vehicle. Rather than taking minutes to refuel a combustion engine you'll need hours to re-charge a battery.
Note, there are an increasing number of fast public chargers available which can charge a battery to about 50% in about 30 minutes.
Higher Vehicle Costs
It's true that the intial cost of purchasing an electric vehicle is higher that a combustion model. Many governments are helping out with this problem and providing considerable grants to help promote electric vehicles. Also, when working out costs, remember to take into consideration the lower running and maintenance costs.