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Should You Buy an Electric Car?

Electric vehicles are the future. However, they may not be in your future if you feel that they are not right for you. Here we will take a look at the pros and the cons of electric vehicles.
Should You Buy an Electric Car?

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Last year, electric car sales grew by 80% and now make up a total of 7.2% of all vehicle sales around the world. That means that there is a good chance that your next vehicle may be an EV. So, should you buy an electric car right now? Here we will take a look at the pros and the cons of electric vehicles. 

What is an Electric Car?

An electric car is a vehicle that is powered completely by an electric motor. These vehicles are not dependent on any fuel and they are charged via an outlet or a charging station.

Examples of popular electric vehicles include the Tesla Model 3, Audi eTron Sportback, Hyundai Ioniq, and Jaguar-iPace.

Pros of an Electric Car

There are a number of compelling reasons why you may want to consider an electric car as your next vehicle. Here’s a look at the top three reasons to get behind the wheel of an EV:

Energy efficient

If you are looking to be more energy-efficient, then it doesn’t get any better than driving an electric vehicle. It takes a lot less energy to get electricity into your vehicle than it is to dig up oil refine it into petrol and transport that petrol to your local fuel station. In times of a fuel crisis, you don’t have to be worried about long fuel stations. Since electricity is almost always easily available, you will be able to charge your vehicle.

Reduce emissions

More and more cities are becoming polluted thanks to congested traffic. However, electric vehicles do not emit any emissions. Therefore, you will be doing your community - and the world in general - a big favour by going electric. Additionally, if you simply don’t like the smell of fumes, then you will like the clean energy use of an electric vehicle.

Requires less maintenance

When you drive an electric vehicle, you can say goodbye to dealing with things such as oil changes, timing belts, and hundreds of other parts that you find in conventional vehicles. In fact, you can find yourself saving lots of time and money without having to deal with the usual maintenance visits that you have to deal with when driving a petrol-powered vehicle.

Excellent resale value

Electric vehicles have an amazing ability to hold their vehicle. In the case of Teslas, they actually tend to go up in value in certain marketplaces. This means that your overall cost of vehicle ownership will be less than driving a vehicle that runs on petrol.

Cons of an Electric Car

On the flip side, there are some negatives to driving an electric car. Here’s a look at some reasons why you may not want to drive an electric vehicle.

Range anxiety

If you have ever driven an electric vehicle, then you know that nervous feeling when your vehicle is running low on range. The problem is that you simply can’t pull over into a petrol station in order to fill up your vehicle. While charging stations are being built around the world, they are still small in number compared to petrol stations. If you like to drive long distances - through remote areas - then an electric vehicle may not be best for you.

Long charging timesAn electric car is plugged into a charging station, convenient charging but can take up some time compared to refueling a petrol-powered vehicles

Filling up a petrol-powered vehicle only takes a couple of minutes. However, when it comes to charging an electric vehicle, you need to be prepared to wait a while. For some EVs, you will have to wait at least half an hour in order to completely charge it if the vehicle is low on range.

More expensive

If you want to drive an EV, then you have to be prepared to spend a little more. That’s because many EVs are in the luxury price range. While there are some government incentives for purchasing an electric vehicle, they are still not what you may consider affordable just yet.

You Should Buy an Electric Car if…

An electric vehicle is going to be a great idea for you if you are environmentally conscious and you don’t want to deal with the usual maintenance that comes with a petrol-powered vehicle. Also, you may want to consider an electric vehicle if you want to have the latest and greatest when it comes to tech features. That’s because EVs tend to be higher-end vehicles.

Electric cars are a great idea if you mostly drive locally since you are much less likely to deal with range anxiety.

You Should Not Buy an Electric Car If…

An electric vehicle may not be a great idea for you if you drive long distances on a regular basis. Also, if you are on a budget, then an EV may be too much of a strain on your budget. Finally, you may want to put off an electric vehicle if you don’t want to deal with the long charge times that come with EV ownership.

Electric Vehicle Car Buying Tips

If you are thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle, then you will want to make sure that you get the model that is right for you. Here are some tips that you should use to find the right EV:

Check the range - EVs come in different ranges. Make sure that you get an EV that is right for the amount that you drive.

Dealership or no dealership - Some electric car companies like Tesla don’t have a dealership network. You will want to consider whether you want to buy our EV at a dealership or online.

Style - Some EVs really stand out in the crowd while others blend in. Decide what type of style EV you want.

Making the Big Decision About Electric Cars

Electric vehicles are the future. However, they may not be in your future if you feel that they are not right for you. Be sure to carefully consider the pros and the cons of an EV to see if they are right for you. Who knows, perhaps an EV may be just right for you.

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