Pros and cons of electric vehicles

by Donny on June 20, 2012

The idea of owning and driving an electric car is a cool one, but not a realistic one. At least it’s cool to on the surface but when you stop and think about it, maybe not driving one is a better idea.

After giving it some thought, I decided to do a little research on the topic and whether I thought it would be a good idea to own one of these sweet rides. I came up with my own pros and cons.

Pros:

•    The gas is cheap:  Common sense tells you that because it’s doesn’t require a lot of gas, you would get by with paying significantly less money on gas each month.

•    They require less maintenance:
You know that whole thing about changing your oil every 3,000 miles? You don’t have to worry about that with an electric car.

•    They often come with a nice tax break: Rumor has it the Nissan Leaf is eligible for a $75000 tax break. That must be nice.

Cons:

•    They have shorter range: A tank of unleaded gas actually goes further than the batteries these cars currently have. That also likely means more frequent stops.

•    Pit stop locations are limited:
It’s usually pretty easy to find a gas station to stop and fill up but how many charging stations for an electric car do you see? This could cause a serious problem.

•    There are fewer mechanics:
It’s already hard enough to find a mechanic you can trust and that problem just got a whole lot harder. Finding an electric-car mechanic you can trust is practically impossible.

•    Can’t buy them used: At least for right now and for a while, electric cars can’t be bought used or pre-owned. Yeah, you won’t find an electric vehicle in a pre-owned dealership.

•    Home chargers are expensive:
Sure the idea of charging your car while sleeping is convenient, but only until you see the dollar signs.

•    Batteries are questionable:
We’ve all seen batteries in other electronics run down to the point where they don’t last long. Who’s to say car batteries won’t be the same way? After all, these batteries will take a beating to tough weather conditions.

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