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Electric Cars

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 12:08 PM Comments comments (47)
Is it time to buy an electric car?

 Many people think electric cars are the future of the automotive industry. There is no doubt  they have come a long way in the last ten years. The first modern era electrics were not much of advancement over the ones sold 100 years ago, low range, low performance and very expensive to purchase. Tesla changed all that and proved electrics can out perform their ice (internal combustion engine) counterparts in almost every way and be very desirable at the same time. Other new full electric car companies are about to release their vehicles and are taking orders now such as Rivian.  Ford and GM have made new resent electric car production announcements with Ford making a 500 million dollar investment in Rivian.  Volvo has started an all electric car division called Polestar. GM , Ford, Nissan, BMW, VW, Audi, Hyundai, Fiat all have EV's available now and many more are planed in the near future. 

So, what are the pros and cons of electric car ownership and are they the right fit for you. Lets start with the most common fears most people have when they consider an electric car purchase.  The biggest fear is range anxiety, can an electric car fit my daily use without leaving me stranded? Where do I charge? How long does it take to charge? Can I take long trips?  Even some of the lowest range EVs will work for most people. The 2019 Nissan Leaf 40 KWH battery has a range of up to 150 miles, most people travel far less than that in their daily commute. Plug your car in at night and wake up to a full charge and go about your day, just think how nice it would be to never have to stop in to a gas station. There are now models of EVs with ranges of near 400 mile (Tesla Model X long range) with new ones coming with 500 mile ranges. Fast charging is available with most EVs that have liquid cooled battery packs. Tesla states under 30 minute charge to 80% battery capacity making long trips possible.  Tesla has it's own supercharge network that is expanding everyday. Many other charging options are out there as well. Websites like A better route planner (https://abetterrouteplanner.com/) will make your trips more stress free.  

What are the advantages to going electric? How about greatly reduced maintenance. No more oil changes, timing belt services, tune ups. No more Check Engine Lights, no exhaust system or catalytic converts to fail. Brakes last many times longer due to regenerative braking, the list does on. Of course many will argue that the batteries will eventually need to be replaced and they will, but with what you save over the years in maintenance costs over an ice car will outweigh that. The motors in a Tesla a rated at one million miles of service, even a well cared for Toyota can't beat that. Then there is the performance of EVs. With full toque available from a dead start Evs are extremely quick, quicker than any muscle car you can think of. Over the air updates will keep a Tesla up to date with any new software advancements always improving performance and safety.  There is also the safety factor, Tesla claims very high NHTSA ratings. Judge for yourself see https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/nhtsa-rejects-tesla-safety-claims/

So when it comes time for your next new car purchase consider going electric. They aren't just golf carts anymore. 

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