Why Electric Vehicles?
Advantages for Moi!
- The first benefit of driving electric vehicles is the obvious one---the savings. Depending on what EV you buy, you should at least halve your fuel costs. No more watching gas prices soar! You have certainty about your fuel costs and can budget accordingly. And if you install renewable energy at home, you can plug in and recharge for free. With gas costing $4-$5 per gallon and €1.20+ per litre in Europe, there are incredible savings to be made with electric cars.
There are also other financial incentives to driving electric vehicles. These are state-grants and tax reliefs. Actually, I consider these to be rather mean-spirited at the moment, and I hope they will be increased as the urgency of having good environmental policies becomes clear to us all.
There are differing incentives in different regions and countries. These may include tax incentives, VAT rebate, free parking, free recharging facilities, or exemption from congestion charges. You may also be able to claim tax back from the purchase cost of your electric vehicle. There may also be business incentives for recharging facilities. Check with your local authority for full details.
Electric cars have the same torque at all speeds. You don't need to go through different gear changes for different speeds. Electric cars don't need gear boxes, or torque converters. They have full power at all speeds and offer a smooth ride from the get-go! This is ideal for stop-and-start city driving and traffic jams. When you're just starting to move from a stopping position, your engine has the same power propelling it as it has at higher speeds. Gas cars, on the other hand, have a "limited torque curve."
- Electric vehicles are more pleasant to drive because they are so quiet. If, like me, you like to use your commute for a bit of me-time, a quiet drive helps.
- Some districts offer reserved, or free parking for electric cars. Check with your local authority for what privileges they offer to different types of electric vehicles before buying.
Electric cars are very reliable and much easier to maintain than gas cars. No grease for a start! They are quite simple, in mechanical terms. Therefore there is less to go wrong. Once you have a reliable battery, you shouldn't have any problems and you will find that there is less overall wear and tear on your car and less parts that have to be replaced. Yes, you do have to replace the battery every 4 years or so, but you don't have the same servicing costs of gas cars, like engine-tuning, mufflers, oil changes, starter, radiators, water pumps etc. So, savings all round!
Electric cars can go from zero to sixty a lot quicker than a gas car. You'll enjoy this if quick take-off from the lights is what you're into,leaving the gas-guzzlers gaping! Even if you're not such a show-off, you will notice the even power of driving electric!