Electric cars have been increasing in popularity over the last decade, -
due in part to ever increasing fuel prices and in part to
environmentally cautious drivers. Whatever the reason, choosing to buy
an electric car is a lifestyle choice that should be made after
carefully weighing the pros and cons.
There are many advantages to owning an electric vehicle, and many of
these advantages are selling points in and of themselves. Electric
vehicles obtain their power from a modified internal combustion engine
or a rechargeable plug-in battery, thereby reducing your car’s
dependency on fossil fuels. As a result, the money you will be saving on
fuel likely will offset any additional electric expense.
Because you will be visiting the pump far less often, your electric
vehicle will be much easier on the environment. The fuel used to power
conventional vehicles generates about one third of America’s greenhouse
gas emissions. Because electric vehicles have such efficient motors and
electric generators, they are likely to emit about one half the amount
of carbon dioxide that a conventional vehicle does.
With all those positive factors in mind, let’s take a look at why an
electric vehicle might not yet be for everyone. First, electric vehicles
typically are more expensive than similar models of traditional cars.
However, one thing to consider is the long-term fuel savings and tax
credits that many states offer that can help offset some of the initial
Second, just like all cars, eventually you will need to replace your
battery pack at some point; however, an electric car’s battery will
typically set you back a few thousand dollars. You might also consider
some other drawbacks of lithium-ion technology as it does not current
have a predictable shelf life. Performance also tends to suffer in cold
weather or when the driver cranks up the stereo, heat, or air
Third, you’ll need to be concerned with finding re-charging stations,
which are currently not nearly as widespread as gas stations are. Many
electric vehicle drivers worry that they will need to recharge at an
inconvenient place or time. Luckily, public recharging stations are
becoming more and more common and that trend is expected to continue.
Purchasing your next car is a personal decision and your lifestyle is a
huge factor. Owning an electric vehicle can be stress free with a bit of
planning, commitment, and organization. And, don’t forget to take full
advantage of those free charging stations!