As we roll closer to the end of 2022, we all have our predictions for the year ahead and beyond – what the future holds, where we want to be in a year’s time or five, the things we hope to achieve.
For some, it’s the hope of all our efforts helping to reverse and slow down the effects of climate change starting to make a noticeable difference to our planet.
Helping to put the wheels in motion, to help reverse the effects of climate change and cool our atmosphere back down, many of us this year have been swapping out single-use items for reusable ones, or shopping local and making healthy swaps to reduce our carbon footprint.
Others have even waved goodbye to gas-powered vehicles and said hello to an all-electric vehicle.
The future of our country
With many people across the country taking on the zero emissions transportation pledge, we soon began to wonder if electric cars are the future of America!
As the sales of electric vehicles are predicted to hit a total of 8.6 million by the end of 2023, and 12 million globally by the end of 2025, it’s clear the demand for electric vehicles in America is growing year by year, and could truly be the future of our great country.
Seeing as we’re all driving towards a zero emissions transportation way of life, we thought it would be a good time to see what the pros and cons are for going all electric – will we be able to convert you into considering an all electric model when you next upgrade your vehicle?
The current pros and cons
Electric cars are more energy efficient
When you hear energy efficient, this refers to the amount of energy from the fuel source that’s converted into actual energy that powers your vehicle.
Electric cars are more energy efficient than standard gas-powered vehicles – electric cars convert 59-62% of their energy source into powering the wheels to go round. Gas-powered cars convert between 17-21% of their energy source into energy to do the same.
This means, when charging your electric vehicle’s battery, you’ll actually be charging more towards getting the vehicle moving than those who refuel gas-powered vehicles.
Electric cars take longer to ‘refuel’
When purchasing an electric car, you’d have known that ‘refuelling’ wouldn’t be as quick as it would be to refuel a gas-powered car. However, the cost of gas is completely wiped from your monthly and weekly outgoings once you have an electric car, as there’s just no need for it.
However, the downside to ‘refuelling’ an electric car is that depending on your charging point, it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to reach a full charge. Of course, you can get charging points installed at your home, so you can charge overnight or whilst your home, but for longer journeys, you’ll need to map out a journey with charging stations en route.
Electric vehicles cost more to buy
Although electric vehicles cost more to buy than gas-powered ones, at the moment, the cost of maintaining and fueling your electric vehicle is far less than that of a standard gas-powered one.
For starters, as you’ll be running off electricity there’s no need to purchase gas anymore. There are fewer moving parts on an electric car than on a gas-powered one, meaning fewer repairs and maintenance costs. the cost to insure electric vehicles at the moment is slightly higher than that of a gas-powered policy, however, many companies offer deals as well as earth-friendly benefits – like planting trees on your daily route to lower your emission footprint further.
We could go on all day about the pros and cons of why you should join many drivers around the country taking the lower emission pledge, but at the end of the day, the only person that can decide that, is you.
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