Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

With gas prices steadily rising, and environmental concerns coming to the forefront, everyone’s looking for a new source of car fuel. And out of this discussion has come the newest trend: electric cars. Cars that you can plug in at home and then drive to work without stopping at the gas station? Sounds pretty great. But what are the cons of this type of vehicle? And what are some other benefits? Let’s take a look!

PRO: CHARGE IT UP AT HOME
It doesn’t get much better than this. You come home from a long day out and simply plug your car in while it sits in your garage. It takes you only a couple seconds and then you can go inside and relax for the evening. While you sleep, your car charges all on its own. So, when you wake up, it’s recharged and ready and waiting for you so you can tackle another full day. It’s a small adjustment to your routine to avoid the gas stations.

CON: THERE’S A LIMIT ON HOW FAR YOU CAN GO
If you recharge your car completely overnight at your house, most models can drive out about 100 miles before needing to charge again. That’s quite a distance, but if you’re on a road trip, you may encounter some problems. Charging stations for electric cars are still sparse. So if you don’t plan ahead, you could find yourself stranded. Hopefully, however, this problem will lessen as popularity grows.

PRO: CHEAPER TO RUN
The great thing about electric cars is that electricity is fairly cheap when compared to gasoline. In fact, in most places across the US, the cost to fuel an electric vehicle per mile is a third of the cost of a gasoline vehicle. And maintenance is less expensive as well. Running on electricity means no oil changes! You’ll be amazed how much longer you can wait between mechanic checks in an electric car.

CON: THEY’RE EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE
While an electric vehicle may be cheaper to operate, they’re quite an investment to start with. Some low end models can easily break $40,000. And if you’re looking to get your hands on a coveted Tesla electric vehicle, expect anywhere from $90,000 to $140,000. That’s quite a dent in your pocket book. However, if that’s within your price range, it’s a great choice. Another difficult part of buying an electric car is that very few are on the pre-owned market as they are still quite new.

As you can see, there are both some positives and negatives with electric cars. Just as there are with any other type of vehicle. I expect that the future will be filled with electric vehicles, but only time will tell. After reading this article, do you think electric is the way to go for you? Comment below and tell us why or why not. And then share this article with friends or family on Facebook, Twitter, or more. Who knows? Maybe they’ll decide it’s time to make the switch.

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