We are in an environmentally, economically, and socially challenging period. We’ve experienced numerous natural disasters, we have an increasing number of food shortage issues, and we are coming to terms with the reality that fossil fuels aren’t all they are said to be. For these reasons and others, many people are looking for alternative ways to get around- such as an electric vehicle (EV). Switching from your conventional car to one which runs on electricity is a no-brainer.
Why electric vehicles are necessary
The first electric vehicles came up in the early 1900s. But they have not yet attained mainstream popularity, due to their higher cost and limited charging infrastructure. This situation is changing, as governments impose stricter emissions standards on ICE cars and more people learn about electric vehicles — especially younger buyers concerned with environmental issues.
Here are the main attractions of an electric vehicle
Imagine a car that doesn’t run on gasoline or diesel. It’s powered entirely by electricity from renewable resources such as wind and solar power, meaning it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. This is part of the reason electric vehicles are good for the environment—they help fight climate change by reducing CO2 emissions, a leading cause of global warming.
They also don’t require you to spend hours every week at a gas station filling up your tank, which means less greenhouse gas emissions from transporting fuel and fewer emissions from refineries processing crude oil into gasoline.
Electric cars are cheaper to operate
Electric vehicles are cheaper to operate than fossil fuel-powered cars. A typical electric car costs about a third of what you’d spend on gas for a similar-sized gas-powered car. Even though EVs are more expensive than other cars at the moment, their long-term operating costs will be significantly lower than those of gas-powered cars.
You can charge an EV at home for free or for pennies compared to the cost to fill up your car with gasoline or diesel. Charging at home is also convenient because you don’t have to worry about finding a charging station or waiting in line to use one while driving around town.
There’s no need to do oil changes, air filters, or spark plugs on an EV because its motor doesn’t require any maintenance as internal combustion engines do.
Comfort and Quiet motors
Electric cars offer a smoother ride than many other vehicles. This is because electric motors have no transmission and can directly transmit power from the engine to the wheels. Acceleration and braking are smoother, as there is less vibration during cornering or braking.
Electric vehicles have quiet motors, they produce less noise pollution than traditional combustion engines. This makes them ideal for cities where air pollution is a problem. Electric cars also don’t need gears or clutches so there are no gears grinding or brakes squealing when you stop at traffic lights or stop signs.
As you can see, there are a lot of pros to going electric. While it might not be the best fit for everyone, it’s important to recognize the benefits and know that you don’t have to put up with those gas prices forever. Of course, the past is no guarantee of the future. There are plenty of reasons why electric vehicles may not make sense for you now or in the future. Gas prices could fall, charging stations could become more widely available, and battery technologies could improve much faster than predicted. It’s up to you to decide whether or not an electric vehicle would fit your lifestyle. As always, we’re glad you asked!