People who want to avoid using gasoline powered methods of transportation have many more options today than they did just a few years ago. While all electric powered vehicles reduce fossil fuel consumption, thereby decreasing emissions and reducing negative consequences of burning fossil fuels, they can be challenging to use in everyday life. Electric powered cars rely on batteries to store electricity for future use; these are different than electric assist hybrids.
What Are the Benefits of Using Electric Powered Vehicles?
For most users, the answer appears to be more environmentally friendly personal mobility. Many people are committed to reducing the negative impact of traditional transportation methods on the environment. Some claim that electric powered vehicles produce 99% less harmful emissions, including those that lead to global warming, than traditional gasoline only cars.
While electric cars are currently more expensive to own and operate they do reduce gas costs significantly; some estimate the cost to purchase electric energy for electric powered vehicles is less than 1/3 of fuel costs for similar vehicles powered by gasoline. In the long term, if escalating oil costs continue, this savings may more than offset the initial cost of purchasing electric powered vehicles.
Some users claim the driving experience of an electric powered vehicle is actually superior to traditionally powered vehicles. Frequently, quieter operation is seen as one of the nicest things about driving a car powered by electricity.
What are the Problems with Electric Powered Vehicles?
Unfortunately, currently batteries used to provide energy for electric powered vehicles are not mass-produced. This raises the cost of buying replacement batteries, which is seen to be one of the largest concerns that come with electric powered vehicles. As technology advances, and the incidence of electric vehicle ownership increases, these costs may well decrease, however for now operation costs remain formidable.
Additionally, current technology limits the amount of time electric powered vehicles can be driven between charges. While distance between charges has increased from 50 – 60 miles to something in the neighborhood of 100 miles, this is still inconvenient for some users, especially those who don’t have their own personal charging system.
Overall, electric powered vehicles may be a good choice for individuals who are committed to improving the environment and are actively seeking a way to reduce their dependence on traditional energy sources. While some drawbacks still exist, if electric powered vehicles become popular enough, new technological advances are likely to make them an even more attractive choice in the near future.