In the market for a new car? It’s very exciting, right? The idea that you will get a brand new car with all new features. But how much of the “new” do you want? Like, have you considered getting an electric car? The idea of driving a 100% electric-powered car is no longer a sci-fi trope. It’s here and it is taking the market by storm. But the big question is, should you even consider buying them?
That’s why we created this article to talk about the pros and cons of electric cars. Hopefully, by the end of the article you will have made up your mind on whether getting a brand-new electric car is for you or not.
Pros and Cons of Electric Cars
Before we list down the good and bad things about electric cars, I will have to remind you that this is not the penultimate list of pros and cons. I will try to limit them to the most important ones that can affect your decision as a new car buyer. Ready? Let’s start.
The Pros of Getting an Electric Car
- Getting an electric car is in a way, helping the environment. Overall, the carbon footprint of an electric car is much smaller compared to a car that runs on gas. It has zero emissions and most electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers these days are focusing on the use of eco-friendly materials for production. Some manufacturers incorporate green or bio-based materials into the interior and bodywork of the cars.
- An electric car is much cheaper to run and maintain. The energy required to cover a distance in an electric car costs much less than that of a similar car that runs on gas. An electric car also has less moving parts than regular gas or diesel cars. Because of this, you won’t need as much servicing and parts replacement as you use the vehicle. One thing to note is that a lot of electric cars need to have their batteries replaced as they wear out but most manufacturers give an 8-year warranty on their batteries so you should be covered.
- It’s a good investment. Now, if you don’t consider yourself a gearhead or a gadget freak then you won’t really mind what goes on your car. All you would like to know is whether it is a good investment or not. Experts believe that the resale price of an electric car will be much higher compared to a gas-powered car purchased on the same date. This is because more and more people will be buying into the electric car craze so regular cars will lose their values. So assuming you don’t care about new technology, an electric car will give you more bang for your buck in the long run.
The Cons of Getting and Electric Car
- Electric cars may be cheaper to run, but they are more expensive to buy. The upfront cost is one of the reasons why there aren’t as many people who are interested in getting an electric vehicle. For example, the cheapest Tesla electric car sits at around $35,000 without any add-ons. Compare that with the $23,000 average price of new regular midsize sedans in the US. It’s almost as if the electric vehicles were made for people with deeper pockets.
- Due to the nature of the car’s technology, an electric car can’t go long distances without asking for a refuel. Most electric cars have ranges anywhere from 60 to 120 miles per charge while more expensive models can go 300 miles. Regular cars can go 300 miles on one full tank on average. More, fuel-efficient cars get more than that. If you like to go on the road for long trips, this might be quite a bummer.
- Refueling can be such a pain. It’s fine if you live in a larger city with a couple charging stations available for you to use. But that is not the case in certain locations in the US. You might need to create a trip that revolves around the location of charging stations. Also, it is worth noting that electric cars take up to 8 hours to charge on regular chargers. Fast chargers take around 30 minutes to fill 80% of the battery’s capacity. So if you are always on the go, an electric car might not be for you.
So what do you think? Already made a choice? Just remember that day by day, the technology improves and this means the concerns you might have today might be solved tomorrow. However, for all your regular or electric vehicle concerns, you can call on T3 Atlanta to help you out. We service regular gas-powered vehicles and electric vehicles at our two convenient metro-area locations. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to pen you in for a quick check.