Electric Cars Do They Live Up to the Hype?

Electric cars cost between $30,000 to $40,000 for a basic model. You can get a pretty nice gasoline powered car for that money. So why buy an electric car? Good question. They say it is cleaner for the environment to drive one. It uses less gas, so less pollution, right? Well the answer is maybe. You still have to charge the batteries, where does the power come from to charge them. Well if you live in Nevada probably from power plant fueled by either coal or oil. You are basically just postponing the use of gas. Another issue with the car is that by nature the configuration is more complicated. You still have a gasoline powered motor plus an battery powered option as well. When you hit a certain speed the use of gasoline kicks in, also the charge only lasts so long. So an electric car is probably better for around town and shorter trips. When the motor switches over to gasoline the motor uses part of its power to recharge the batteries. Electric cars are getting better, but they are still expensive.

The battery is warranted typically for 50,000 miles. It costs between $5,000 and $6,000 to replace the batteries. Not to mention all the toxic wastes generated from the disposal of the batteries. I guess some parts can be recycled, but of that I am not sure how much. Anyway the environment still takes a hit. The average gasoline powered car lasts over a 100,000 miles easily if taken care of. Usually with little maintenance, except for brakes and tires and oil changes. All these things are common to both types of vehicles. So if your car only lasts 100,000 miles you have an additional expense of at least $5,000. If you want it to last longer you will spend $5,000 for every additional 50,000 miles, plus all the other regular costs. I did not check in the relative cost of what replacing the motor would be. I am sure it will cost more than the its gasoline-based brother. It is still new technology, so fewer garages will be able to work on them.

I don’t know about you, I am just not feeling the need to switch to an electric car. However, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

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