What Do You Know about Electric Cars?
Sure, you know that electric cars are well, powered by electricity. But other than that, there is much about these futuristic cars that you should know before you start considering them for your next car purchase.
Reduce Reliance on Imported Gas
First off, electric vehicles help reduce dependence on imported fuel. This promotes better fuel security for a country that doesn’t produce enough petroleum to power up and maintain its modern lifestyle. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) run on various electric sources, including nuclear, renewable and natural gas.
This benefit is quite obvious. If there’s one thing that electric cars can boast about, it is greater fuel economy. Most light electric vehicles can reach up to 100 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge), consuming as low as 25 kWh of electricity. Much of this fuel economy depends on how the EV is driven, the amount of its load and duty cycle.
Availability of Infrastructure
Electric cars offer flexible fueling and require availability of electric grids for them to operate properly. Otherwise, charging would prove a great challenge. Fortunately, the network of charging infrastructure is growing. PHEVs on the other hand are more flexible in that they can be powered by both gas and electricity.
Little to No Emissions?
Reduction in tailpipe emissions helps minimize the dangers of global warming. EVs produce no emissions at all, though their environment footprint sources back to how electricity is produced, as in the case of coal-fired and diesel-fired power plants. This is where debate arise – are EVs and PHEVs really green cars, or are they just marketed as such? Unless a country solely uses renewable energy sources, electric vehicles remain an indirect contributor to global warming and pollution.
The cost of owning EVs or PHEVs is shrouded with controversy because startup costs are ridiculously high, with a promise of money savings realized only in the long-term. Batteries wear out eventually and aren’t really built for life. Battery life is affected by extreme weather, plus battery packs take up so much space, compromising leg room at the rear. Also, the availability of charging stations greatly affects the practicality of electric cars, especially for off-road driving.