The world of transportation is changing. There is no doubt that over the next five to ten years, electric vehicles (EVs) are going to become more prominent on the roads. With the shift towards cleaner fuel and the worry about climate change, EVs are taking center stage. All of this means there has never been a better time to get in on the act. Whether you buy a new vehicle or convert your existing car, there are plenty of reasons to make the shift to electric.
It’s Better for the Environment
The number one reason people cite for buying an electric vehicle is the effect it has on the environment. Using electricity to power your car means there is no burning of fossil fuels and no greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, you still need to charge the car which, depending on where you live, may require some coal or natural gas. However, the pressure to move away from coal and towards renewable energy sources is increasing every day, and there will soon become a time when all power is renewably sourced.
‘Range Anxiety’ is a Thing of the Past
Once upon a time, owning an EV was problematic as the range of the vehicle was often no more than 100 kilometers. Nowadays, with improved batteries and increased efficiency, electric cars can easily travel 300 kilometers without charging. ‘Range anxiety’ has put people off EVs in the past, but with better technology and charging points becoming widespread, this is no longer an issue.
Electricity is Cheaper Than Petrol
Even now, with fossil fuels still regularly accessible, electricity is cheaper almost everywhere in the world than petrol. With the increased stigma attached to gasoline and diesel, and the necessity to increase the tax on these, the price of gas is only going to go upwards. If you want to make a smart financial choice, you can very quickly recover the initial outlay from going electric through the lower running costs.
Maintenance is a Lot Cheaper
EVs have considerably less moving parts, and so have significantly reduced maintenance problems. There is no clutch, starter drive, belts, hoses, or a catalytic converter that could break and amount to costly repairs. Most services typically involve a basic check of the wheels, tires, and brakes. That’s it!
Going Solar is Much More Efficient
If you are charging from home a lot, you may want to look at the possibility of adding solar panels to your home. Most people who are considering EVs at this stage are green conscious, and solar paneling is a superb next step towards reducing your carbon footprint. By installing solar panels on your home, you will not have to pay the electricity board for the power you use to charge your vehicle, and you will know for sure that the electricity is 100% renewable.
Whatever your reasons, there has never been a better time to buy an EV. The technology has improved to a point where there is little difference between an electric car and a petrol alternative. With charging stations becoming ever more prevalent in most countries, there is no longer a concern about the range and ease of use of this type of vehicle. The only decision you should need to make now is what color you want!