It’s important to remember that electric cars (EVs) are continuously changing and that their technology is also evolving when considering their pros and cons. More and more car manufacturers, off late, have begun to offer electric cars, but if you’re considering buying one, keep these pros and cons in mind.
Advantages of Owning an EV
EVs are better for the environment: Many car buyers switch to electric cars simply because they are a whole lot better for the environment. Fully electric vehicles don’t use exhaust systems, and, hence, they have zero emissions. Without pumping any fumes into the air as gas engines do, electric cars can help achieve cleaner air and fewer greenhouse gasses.
They don’t require as much maintenance: Since electric vehicles don’t have a gas engine, they don’t need oil – and this means no oil changes! You’ll also forgo a number of other repair and maintenance expenses that you may have had to pay for with a conventional gas engine. Electric cars are also typically easier on the brakes, which means you’ll need fewer brake replacements.
They are quieter in comparison to gas vehicles: Electric cars are pretty quiet, especially if they are running only on battery power. In fact, in a few states, legislators have considered making it a requirement for electric cars to make at least some noise so pedestrians know there’s a car coming.
You may get a tax credit when you purchase an electric car: Original owners of EVs can also receive credit on their tax returns for owning an eco-friendly car. You could get up to $7,500 in credit for certain cars in some states. Keep in mind, however, that specific models receive varied credit amounts.
There are special lanes on highways for electric vehicles: Many major highways in the country have lanes especially meant for high occupancy vehicles, which means you can bypass traffic when driving during the rush hour. This lane is typically known as the carpool lane, but it’s also available to those who drive electric vehicles, even if the car is only carrying you (and you’re not driving with co-passengers).
Disadvantages of Owning an Electric Vehicle
Now that you know all the advantages of owning an EV, it’s also important to be aware of the drawbacks of EVs. The primary drawback is that an EV is more expensive in comparison to gas-powered vehicles with the same specs. Also, since charging stations are yet to become commonplace across the country, you may have some difficulty finding a place to charge your vehicle unless you live in a major city.