Top 10 Biggest Benefits of Getting an Electric CarI find it very surprising that electric cars still only account for less than 1% of all vehicles. I'm not sure if it's just due to a lack of wanting to change or a lack of good advertising by electric cars, or perhaps the elevated price, but it's honestly not very smart. They outstrip cars that run on gasoline or by other means in practically every single way, and switching almost fully to electric cars is literally one of the biggest steps we can possibly take to helping save the environment and reducing climate change.
Now, of course, electric cars cost much, much more than gasoline cars, making many people reluctant to get one, but there are very many who can easily afford them but don't, and I will list the top 10 benefits of getting an electric car in an attempt to convince the people who can afford it to act as soon as they can and not only take a step to saving their environment but taking a step to improve their personal driving experience. Enjoy!
(and no, I do not work for an electric car company in any way, nor am I an environmentalist, as the impression of this list may seem)
For those of you who don't know what an environmental footprint is, I'll tell you. Basically, it's this thing that measures the effect that a person, group or organization has on the environment, generally how much of its resources they use. The smaller your environmental footprint, the better. In this case, switching to an electric car greatly reduces your personal environmental footprint! Instead of using emissions as fuel, it uses an electric motor, and barely harms the environment at all! Your environmental footprint will go down so much it's astonishing! If everyone got an electric car right now, there would be huge noticeable changes in the environment for the better, and it's one of the biggest steps to slowing down climate change! These cars barely affect the environment in any way, and that obviously had to be number one on the list.
The only issue is what happens with the batteries once one is done. The car itself might not pollute as much, but getting the materials to make those batteries is also not good for the environment, they still have to be mined and processed.
The biggest reason for me.
Even while electric cars cost over 15,000 more when it comes to initial price (on average) than cars that run on gasoline, over a long period of time you can slowly make up for that from the reduced fuel cost! Think of going all the way, out of your way, to go and get gasoline for a gas car. Having to pay money every time, filling it up, and the whole wasted feel of it. With a gas car, you literally just plug it in! Virtually no money at all to fill it up with electricity as if you're charging a computer, compared to about 3000$ a year on gas, and so much time that it takes up, too! Reduced fuel cost is one of the absolute biggest benefits of getting an electric car, and keep in mind that the fuel you're using is even more efficient, so much better for the environment, and not even comparable in price (in a good way).
Another big thing about electric cars that makes the large amount of money more worth it is the longer lifespan. Many people are worried, since it mainly runs on a battery, that electric cars can only last around 70,000 miles before needing to be replaced, which is already fairly close to what the average car is, but it's likely that they can last much longer. An electric car's motor has much fewer moving parts than a car that runs on gasoline's engine, which makes it much less likely to wear out and therefore have it last much longer. And even if the battery runs out of the ability to charge fully, which shouldn't happen for at least 8 years, maybe more, it will still be able to charge pretty well and allow you more years of being able to drive on it, so Electric Cars will likely have a longer lifespan.
Yes, another huge benefit is that electric cars are much safer not only when parked due to their excellent anti-theft features, but while on the road they're much less likely to be in a crash or to cause any harm to you than other cars. There is a loud warning if you get too close to an object, whether it's another car or while backing into your driveway and you get too close to a wall or fence, which makes it much less likely to accidentally collide bumpers with another car or crash into something. Studies all around concluded that the likeliness of passenger injuries in car crashes involving electric cars are fairly less likely than ones involving other cars, which means that they are overall safer, not just due to the anti-collision sensors.
Electric cars, though many people stress about how they're gonna be able to drive them, are actually much easier to drive than you think, and generally easier to drive than gas cars. Firstly, there are no gears you have to worry about switching through. The motor is less complicated and simply turns one direction to move forwards and the other to move backwards, you simply get in, press drive, and away you go! The cameras and sensors for close objects make it much easier to park in sticky situations or switch lanes on a highway, and the brakes are designed so it brakes much quicker and accelerates much better. Plus, all the other commands are on a touch screen kind of like an I-pad built into the car, which makes there be less things to worry about. It's easy to get accustomed to.
Especially since the majority of them are automatic.
A car like Tesla has Auto-drive.
It's simple. Electric cars are just much faster than gasoline cars, and they do it using less energy, which is also a really important part of the same benefit. They, and this is so important that it could almost be considered a different benefit, but it's similar enough that I would say I can group them together, have much less wind resistance, as they are lower to the ground and take up less space, and this is absolutely essential as it means that they can move much faster which less fuel, so an electric car using the same amount of fuel as a gas car could be going as much as ten miles per hour faster, and also, they're just built to be faster. Their motors are simpler than internal combustion engines and therefore more capable and quick to work, and that's what gets them much faster.
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mean that you never have to do maintenance on your electric car, but there's a drastic change for the better in terms of how much maintenance an electric car needs, and that's one of the biggest benefits. You still need to inspect some of the systems of an electric car on a fairly regular basis, but it's really practically nothing compared to that of an electric car. Electric cars don't require oil or coolant changes, or spark plug replacements, or refilling of the gas tank which is much more of a bother than plugging it in, and that's actually much more important than you may think. Another thing is that the routine maintenance cost for an electric vehicle is so much cheaper than that of a gasoline car that it's not even comparable.
Yeah, Electric cars are simply much more quiet and smooth than other electric cars. You may think that this really isn't much of a benefit, aside from making your car seem much cooler and better, but it really is! You have no idea how much better for your ears, or just how much more pleasant these cars seem to anyone inside and outside them! Aside from a better personal driving experience for yourself, it helps reduce noise pollution, which is a bigger problem than you think! It can literally damage wildlife and interfere with their breeding cycles, thus impacting the rest of the world. Anyways, this is just one of the many really important benefits of getting an electric car.
You're probably wondering "what does he mean by interesting and useful features?". Well, some of these are funny but unique and very welcome little gimmicks just for extra fun, but some things an electric car has are dead useful and cool! Some of these are things you can find on other cars but are still very helpful, like cameras to help you park better, tinted roof, seat heating, and automatic wipers and lights, but others are really cool. For example, it has more advanced anti-theft protection that's more advanced as your average car burglar alarm, and one thing that may seem kind of silly but is actually really useful is something called a "frunk". Since the things required to make an electric car go are so much smaller, there's extra space in the front where the motor would normally be called a frunk, and it allows you to store lots more in your car!
Your average electric car is much more responsive than your average car that runs on gasoline. Mainly due to the fact that electric motors react much more quickly than other motors, it will go much more efficiently than other cars and respond to sharp turns almost immediately, which is another part of what makes them safer and easy to drive. This is also a big part of what makes it feel so smooth while going in a car, and believe me, I got an electric car very recently, and it feels much smoother when you're inside it than while driving inside a normal gas car. It surprisingly just feels better.