The Benefits of Electric Cars

In the light of such issues as global warming, rising fuel costs, and dependence on foreign oil, the benefits of electric cars have become as numerous as they are profound. In an effort to further progress and inform consumers, we have compiled a list of benefits provided to both society and individuals by electric cars.

1. Electricity is cheaper fuel

With the national average price for a gallon of gasoline currently coming in at $3.50 and expected to rise, it’s no surprise that electricity is the cheaper source of transportation energy. Currently, the average national price for a kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is the standard unit of measurement for electrical energy, is only $0.10. Each kWh can propel an electric car roughly 4 miles compared to the 30 miles from a gallon of gasoline. So the cost of traveling 30 miles on electricity would only be $0.75. However, if one were to charge their car only at night time when electricity is not in demand, the cost would be even cheaper.

2. Electric cars require less maintenance

From an ownership standpoint, this is one of the most convenient benefits of electric cars. Electric motors require far less fluids and moving parts to function, making them far easier to maintain than internal combustion engines. They don’t require oil changes, air filter changes, fuel filter changes, or new spark plugs. In addition, with less moving parts and fluids, the likelihood that something could go wrong is significantly lessened. Electric cars don’t need transmissions either, which can be an extremely costly piece of equipment to replace on a traditional car.

One of the only parts of the drivetrain that will have to be replaced at some point is the battery. The exact lifespan of these has yet to be determined, but early models have shown to still retain 85% of their capacity after 100,000 miles of use. With technology increasingly rapidly, the cost and effectiveness of these batteries should rise significantly within the coming years, reducing the overall cost of the vehicle.

3. Tax credits and incentives

Depending on the type of vehicle, the IRS offers a tax credit for qualified battery-electric vehicles of between $2500 and $7500.

4. Better for the environment

In 2011, 28% of all carbon-dioxide emissions in the United States were produced by the transportation sector. Cars, trucks, and other internal-combustion vehicles are responsible for a great deal of the pollutants in the atmosphere, and may contribute to a number of environmental changes such as global warming. Unlike their gas-powered counterparts, electric cars do not themselves produce any emissions. However, many of the power plants that produce their electricity do. In order for an electric car to be completely emission free (not counting its production), it must derive its power from a clean energy power source such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, or nuclear. Despite this, the power grid is more efficient than internal combustion engines; even with power produced using coal, electric cars are more environmentally friendly.

5. More energy efficient

Electricity for cars always goes further than gasoline in terms of efficiency. Internal combustion vehicles only convert 17-21% of the energy stored in gasoline; the rest is wasted in thermal energy given off by the engine. On the other hand, electric cars convert about 59-62% of the energy from electrical to mechanical.

6. Energy independence

Electricity for cars always goes further than gasoline in terms of efficiency. Internal combustion vehicles only convert 17-21% of the energy stored in gasoline; the rest is wasted in thermal energy given off by the engine. On the other hand, electric cars convert about 59-62% of the energy from electrical to mechanical.

7. Performance

One of the greatest things about electric cars for sale today is the fact that the benefits of environmental friendliness, energy independence, and all the rest do not come at the cost of performance. As a matter of fact, electric motors actually provide a benefit that gasoline engines do not: all the torque is provided at once, allowing for faster acceleration. Beyond that, electric motors are comparable in performance to their gasoline counterparts, meaning racing and sports car enthusiasts don’t have to choose between the benefits of electric cars and going fast.

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