Electric vehicles, as the name suggests, are cars powered by an electric motor as opposed to the cars we know that run on gas engines. Popularly known as EVs, these cars are slowly gaining popularity now that gas emissions are taking a toll on the environment.
How Do Electric Vehicles Work?
EVs have an electric motor that is connected to a controller, which regulates power. Instead of a fuel tank, EVs have huge battery packs to store more power and consequently propel the car for a longer distance.
It is imperative to note that electric cars are not any different from their gas engine counterparts in terms of design and aesthetics.
Why Go Electric?
Today, everyone is talking about electric cars, both in Canada and the rest of the world. What makes them popular?
The first and obvious advantage of electric cars is that they are more eco-friendly than gas engines.
With EVs, you don’t need to worry about emissions resulting from fuel combustion. According to a report by the Electric Vehicle Association of Canada (EVAC), EVs charged from coal-powered plants cut emissions by 50%, while those charged by nuclear plants cut down emissions to only 1%.
In terms of noise pollution, EVs are also better because they operate quietly. You will be surprised when an electric vehicle passes by as it runs quietly and smoothly.
Low Maintenance Costs
Running an electric vehicle is cheaper compared to gas engines. The United States Department of Energy estimates that an average EV can cover 43 miles on a single charge. The cost of recharging is around $1. On the other hand, the cheapest gas engine car will need at least 1 gallon, and that takes the cost to around $3.
The Shortcomings of EVs
While electric cars offer many advantages, there are a few shortcomings.
The average EV is more expensive than an equivalent gas engine car. The cost is shot up by the fact that EV rechargeable batteries are costly to manufacture. For example, a Tesla Roadster replacement battery may set you back around $10,000 but for the average models, be ready to part with anything between $2,000 and $6,000.
With gas engines, you need to refuel, and you’re ready to hit the road again. However, EV batteries need time to charge, and that might ground you for some time. The Nissan Leaf, for example, takes around 4 hours to recharge.
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular because of more awareness about global warming. The savings on fuel are also impressive. If you want to move around with ease, the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus, and Fiat 500e are among the hottest electric cars on the market.