Electric cars have a long way to go before they catch on in mainstream society as a reliable alternative to gas powered vehicles. It’s not hard to understand why considering the high cost of gas and the environmental concerns related to current gas use. Gas mileages have long since been a deciding factor in which type of vehicle someone buys. In addition, gas prices continue to climb making electric cars even more appealing. So what makes electric cars so appealing?
Range is usually the first word that comes to mind for those interested in electric cars. Many claim that electric cars can cover 300 miles on a single charge; a claim supported by recent test results in Europe. Luckily, there are now so many electric cars available offering reported ranges in excess of 250 miles enabling them to safely travel wide and far on a single charge. As these vehicles are capable of full charge on the spot, this means you can easily cover longer distances between charges; something you won’t be able to achieve with gas-powered cars.
Although electric cars are fast, they’re not as fast as a gasoline-powered SUV. One example of an all-electric vehicle with a long range would be Nissan’s Leaf. The Leaf offers an all-electric drive with zero fuel consumption meaning a “Green” driving experience every time you drive. Not all electric cars offer a zero-emission drive so it’s worth enquiring about the range of the vehicle you’re interested in.
As well as offering a safe, “green” driving experience, many electric-powered vehicles are quieter than traditional gasoline vehicles. Some models offer motor adaptiveability meaning a vehicle can be modified to suit your own driving style allowing you to use it in any weather condition. Electric cars don’t require tuning and maintenance and don’t have the maintenance and repair costs associated with fuel-powered vehicles. If your budget is tight, but you still want to drive a clean, green and environmentally friendly vehicle then consider purchasing an electric car.
Many people believe electric cars offer a better value for money because you won’t need to pay insurance or taxes on them. However, this isn’t entirely true as electric cars do still need a fee to be registered in most areas. This fee is usually minimal in comparison to the annual cost of petrol, which currently costs UK motorists over three billion pounds. Electric vehicles also require more work to be installed so you will need to factor this into the overall cost of ownership of an electric vehicle. As with any new technology, there will be initial costs but it will pay for itself over time as fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles become more commonplace on the road.
Despite the initial costs of installing an electric car, many owners find the cost of daily usage well worth the initial investment. Electric cars can reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, which is far faster than the average car’s maximum speed. A quick charge enables drivers to travel hundreds of miles between charges, which would not be possible if you were to use standard fuel-powered vehicles.