If you are planning to buy a new car, chances are that you are considering options powered by petrol or diesel. In the recent times, the continuously rising prices of petrol and diesel have forced the vehicle manufacturers to develop cars that make a good use of renewable energy to move on.
Electric cars are emerging as a better alternative to petrol or diesel-driven vehicles. However, the average buyers only have a nil or vogue idea about the plug-in cars. There are several interesting but lesser-known facts about these cars. Read the facts and share those as much as you can.
Electric vehicles are costlier than gasoline cars
Compare the price of an electric car with that of a gasoline car of the same size and you will understand how much costlier the former is. For your information, we want to put in that the starting price of a Nissan Leaf electric car was $28,800 in 2013 but the figure dropped to $15,990 for a Sentra of the same size.
Some electric cars have engines & some don’t
Most people share a common belief that electric cars are pure battery-driven vehicles such as Tesla Model S or Nissan Leaf. However, there are other categories in electric vehicles. Some plug-in cars are fitted with an engine. These cars have both engine and a plug for battery recharge. Those hybrid models are made famous by some well-known automakers like Honda, Toyota and Ford. And yes, the rest are dedicated plug-in models including Volt, Chevrolet etc.
Those, who own the hybrid types, try to make the most of electric power while driving the cars. But they have an assurance that they won’t have to park the car on the roadside if the battery power is exhausted. It is rare that the drivers run out of both battery charge and gas.
Plug-in cars less costly to operate
Though the plug-in alternatives are pricier than the fuel-powered vehicles, the first type costs much less if expenses/per mile to operate are taken into account. Therefore, if you consider future expenses, the electric cars will save you more.
If the temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, it keeps the electric cars happy whereas extreme weather can significantly reduce its range. Both extreme heat and cold have a negative impact on the range of the plug-in cars. What is more, the energy-soaking heaters and air conditioners can cut down the range by 1/3 in extremely cold weather.
Electric cars lessen range anxiety
It is most likely to create a panic for the car owners when they watch the figure of available miles getting closer to zero. If that discourages you to buy an electric car, we have some words of encouragement for you. Any expert electric car owner or driver will tell that you will end up driving fewer miles every day than you ever think. Over time, you will gain experience and confidence of driving a fully charged plug-in vehicle and understand that it can deliver pretty commendable performance for years.
Nick is a content writer and very much interested in new findings in the automobile industry.