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A comparison of electric vehicles and gas powered cars in modern transportation

As the technology supporting electric cars EVs and batteries continue to improve, drawbacks such as high cost, limited range, performance issues, long charge time, and a dearth of charging stations are fading away. Automotive giants such as Volvo are voicing their commitment to converting to electric car-only production in the very near future; and even luxury electric vehicles like Tesla are offering more affordable options to the consumer, altering public perception of electric cars as something only approachable by the elite.

Electric cars cost less compared to conventional gas vehicles each year. Electric vehicles are already pretty affordable. In almost every way that counts, an electric car costs significantly less to run and maintain than a gas-powered car. There is no gas to buy, no oil changes, no smog tests, and fewer moving parts to break or wear out. In fact, many electric car owners go years without any repair or service bills at all. Since electric cars have zero tailpipe emissions, we can look forward to cleaner air when there are more electric cars on the road.

Cleaner air means less disease in the world, which means less stress on public health systems, hospitals, and so on. In addition, fewer greenhouse gas emissions will save the ozone layer and reduce our carbon footprint.

With no gas to buy, or oil to change. To refuel, you simply plug in at homeat work or opportunity charge on the road. EVs have to pass the same safety tests as gas-powered vehicles.

EVs have to pass the same safety tests as gas-powered vehiclesso you can be assured that they are completely safe to operate. In fact many EVs score higher in crash test safety ratings, Tesla Model X for example has a perfect score. A widely-circulating concern about EV safety revolves around the potential for fire, but in reality, EVs are far less likely to catch fire than gas cars. On average, gas cars will catch fire at the approximate rate of 1 fire every 20 million miles driven.

For EVs, the rate is 1 fire per 120 million miles driven. Electric cars have low maintenance requirements.

  • On average, gas cars will catch fire at the approximate rate of 1 fire every 20 million miles driven;
  • Because the torque of an electric motor is a function of current, not rotational speed, electric vehicles have a high torque over a larger range of speeds during acceleration, as compared to an internal combustion engine;
  • At the beginning of the 21st century, increased concern over the environmental impact of the petroleum-based transportation infrastructure, along with the spectre of peak oil, led to renewed interest in an electric transportation infrastructure;
  • An electric car's WTW emissions are much lower in a country like Canada, which electricity supply is dominated by hydro and nuclear, than in countries like China and the US that rely heavily on coal;
  • CO2 emissions from electricity produced from all types of fuel using the mix of sources in the US as of 2008 results in 1.

With fewer moving parts, there are not many things to break or that need fixing on an electric car. This will save you a lot of time and money over the years: Your mechanic might get a little lonely, but so it goes.

Electric cars are quiet inside and outside. If you live in a big citythat lack of cabin noise extends to road noise. In places like Los Angeles, you can be in the middle of a lush canyon and still hear the freeway.

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Since electric cars make virtually no noise, you can look forward to a future filled with peace and silence, and maybe even a few chirping birds.

Electric vehicles are performance vehicles. Since electric cars have extremely high torque power, their pickup is very quick and smooth, leaving gas-powered vehicles eating dust. Most people are quite surprised at how much more comfortable the ride is too, and some might say that it makes gas-powered cars seem clunky and clumsy.

By all accounts, driving an electric car is an absolute pleasure — just ask Richard Branson, who sponsors the Formula E championship car. Range anxiety is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

  • In places like Los Angeles, you can be in the middle of a lush canyon and still hear the freeway;
  • Although electricity production may contribute to air pollution, EVs are considered zero-emission vehicles because their motors produce no exhaust or emissions.

The performance of electric vehicles extends well beyond torque. This is possible because of advancements in battery technology as well as electric regenerative systems in vehicle braking. Another up and comer, the VW e-Golf sports a 124 mile 201 km range.

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The government will pay you to drive one. Depending on what state you live in, you might be eligible for a significant rebate or tax creditsimply for purchasing an electric car.

  • Because they are limited to speeds of 25 mpg or less, NEVs are not considered light-duty vehicles and are not eligible for fleet credit under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 Standard Compliance option and Federal Fleet Requirements;
  • Hazard to pedestrians Electric cars produced much less roadway noise as compared to vehicles propelled by a internal combustion engine;
  • There are currently no light-duty electric vehicles available from the major auto manufacturers.

As EV technology continues to evolve and its inundation becomes inevitable, utilities will continue to join states and the federal government in supporting the rise of this technology. With special rate plans and rebates predominant amidst numerous options, these programs will become ever-more-widespread and will make entry into the EV market easier for the average consumer.

EV drivers enjoy privileges other drivers do not. The choice to go electric, or not go electric.