Although we all know that electric vehicles offer many benefits to drivers, it is important to know both sides of the equation in order to make a good decision about whether to purchase an electric vehicle or a standard petrol-based vehicle.
Electric cars make no noise
One thing that is very noticeable about the urban environment is the outrageous amount of noise pollution which is present.
According to the World Health Organisation, noise is second only to air pollution in the impact it has on health. Noise can cause cardiovascular disease, sleep disturbance, and psychological problems.
While with petrol cars the average interior noise is around 70 dB, electric vehicles are practically silent.
You can charge at Home or Work
The fact that electric cars can be charged overnight is a huge boon as it removes the hassle of going to petrol stations, and is often overlooked.
Furthermore, thanks to the OLEV grant, you can get £500 off the price of buying & installing a home charging point.
Electric cars reduce emissions
Of course, as electric cars rely on a rechargeable battery, driving an electric car does not create any tailpipe emissions. Additionally, as less money is spent on fuel, it means that energy can be sourced from the National Grid, which means the use of more renewable resources such as the wind-farms.
Electric cars are high-performance
Electric vehicles are high-performance vehicles whose motors are quiet and smooth. Electric vehicles’ motors also react quickly, making them more responsive and making them have good torque.
The latest speed records have been achieved with electric vehicles. As an example, the Tesla Model S P100D hit 60mph in 2.28 seconds, making it the first production car to reach 60mph in under 2.3 seconds. The reason why electric vehicles can accelerate so fast is that electric vehicles offer superior power to weight ratios.
Electric cars have a shorter range
Electric vehicles on average have a shorter range than the petrol or diesel counterparts. The average model can range between 60 and 120 miles per charge. On the other hand, petrol based cars have an average range of around 300 miles, 3 times more than electric cars.
As a result of this, electric vehicles are less suitable for activities such as road trips.
Higher upfront cost
As the electric vehicle market is still relatively young, the prices are higher than petrol and diesel based cars. In addition, there is not yet a large market for second-hand cars either.
However, the fuel cost savings, government subsidies and tax credits all can help to lower the overall price of electric cars.
Electric cars take longer to “refuel”
The conventional car can refuel in a matter of minutes at a petrol-station, whereas electric vehicles can take up to 2 hours.
This can be a real downside to electric vehicles as if you have to make an unexpectedly long journey, it is possible to run out of power. The fact that cars can be charged at home or at work means that the time taken to refuel isn’t actually noticed, as the car can be charged when it is not being used. Hence having an electric vehicle can actually save time.
To conclude, it is important to think about what the vehicle is going to be used for when deciding whether or not to buy an electric car. If you are mostly driving around a city, it is most likely going to be a good option. If you are often making huge journeys, it may not be the best option.