With many countries committing to cutting down on carbon emissions and more people wanting to do their part to help the environment, the demand for electric vehicles has grown considerably in recent years. Electric cars are here to stay. As the technologies get better by the day, electric cars are becoming a more appealing prospect in both price and practicality. In the meantime, if you’re planning on going all-electric, we’ve put together a list of their pros and cons:
Advantages of electric cars
The main reason for the preference for electric cars is, of course, that they’re environmentally friendly. Electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust system which means emission-free driving and an annual fuel saving of about $1,500, depending on kilometres travelled and the price of fuel and electricity.
2. Economical running costs
As the car runs on electric power, fluctuations in fuel prices won’t affect your pocket. While you’ll pay for charging at a charging station, with costs about 0.42c per kilowatt, being able to charge your car overnight at home is a considerable financial benefit. Depending on where you live, the average price for electricity at home is about 0.25c per kilowatt, meaning it would cost $4.50 to travel 100 km. The average petrol car uses 11 L to travel 100 km, meaning a cost of about $16.65 at $1.50 per litre.
3. Lower maintenance expenses
An electric car requires less maintenance than a petrol-powered car, and less frequent maintenance too. Most electric cars are fairly new and have warranties covering their parts, including batteries. There is no need for oil changes and, due to fewer moving parts, there is less wear and tear.
4. Quiet driving
Electric cars are very quiet to drive, meaning you’ll also be helping to reduce noise pollution. Some cars, when driven at low speeds, have acoustic warning systems to alert pedestrians nearby.
Disadvantages of electric cars
1. Recharge Points
This is perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks of using an electric car. Finding charging stations can be a problem, especially if you are going on a long trip into rural areas. The number of charging stations in Australia is still lagging behind but with the demand for EVs growing, the infrastructure will follow.
2. Expensive upfront payment
Electric vehicles are more expensive when compared to traditional cars mainly due to the lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are expensive to produce, but as battery technology advances prices should become more affordable.
Battery range is a limiting factor for electric cars. One of the cheapest electric cars, the Nissan Leaf, has a range of up to 270 km while the Tesla Model 3 has a range up to 518 km. The battery range is expected to continue to improve with technology.
4. Charging time
Depending on the model, charging an electric car can take about 20 minutes if you plug into a fast charger or between four to 20 hours when plugging in at home.
Now that you’ve weighed the pros and cons of electric cars, check out Gumtree Australia for new and used electric cars. You may want to narrow your choices down with our list of the top electric cars in Australia or, if you’re not ready for all-electric, compare them with hybrid cars to see what’s right for you.