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Pros and cons of electric vehicles

Electric cars or electric vehicles (EVs) have divided the market – some are avid EV owners while others are naysayers, yet there are some who are undecided and are currently assessing the landscape before making judgement. Where do you stand in regards to electric vehicles? Here are some of the pros and cons of EVs.

               Pros

               Cheaper to run than their petrol counterparts.

     While EVs are currently more expensive to purchase, they are cheaper to run According to the electric vehicle council, an average EV costs around $4.50 in electricity charges to travel 100km. This is compared to $16.65 for the average petrol car in Australia.

Easy to charge

     Electric vehicles can be charged right at your home. For most users, a charge overnight is enough to keep your car fully charged for the average day to work and back.

Easy to maintain

    Unlike combustion engines, Electric cars require significantly less maintenance.

Safety

     Electric cars are being manufactured with all of the safety features that are standard today – many EVs actually exceed safety standards.

Cons 

EVs are more expensive to purchase

     Electric vehicles are currently more expensive to purchase than their petrol or diesel alternatives, this is mostly due to the cost of the batteries. However, this is changing and the prices of batteries are rapidly falling.

Limited driving range and charging infrastructure

     With EV ranges ranging from 80 – 200 kilometres until a full recharge is needed, it can be viewed as not sufficient for longer journey’s. Public charging infrastructure is taking shape, and Australia has gotten on board with the Australia Electric Highway. With a bit of careful planning and consideration, however, you are able to take away your “range anxiety”.

Too Quiet

     EVs are quiet – road users, such as cyclists or pedestrians, may not even realise you are driving past.