Back in the day, people used to fantasize about flying cars and hoverboards. This future is even depicted in a number of movies from Back to the Future to Harry Potter. Although the flights of fancy haven’t quite panned out, there are cars out there that are already revolutionizing the industry in a more meaningful way. In the context of global warming and the danger it poses, their eco-friendliness might just be a better asset than the ability to fly or shoot lasers.
By now, you’ve probably heard of electric cars. Elon Musk created a pretty famous one, and there are many other car manufacturers out there that have dipped their toes into the marketplace, often with great results. But if you’re still on the fence about whether to make the switch to electric, here are several arguments that should help sway you in the right direction:
1. Electric Cars Make Sense Financially
While at the moment electric vehicles (EV for short) are still on average more expensive than their fuel-burning counterparts, their prices have gone down significantly thanks to various advances in technology. In fact, market data suggests that EVs will gain parity with their counterparts in terms of price as soon as 2025.
But you don’t have to wait that long: taking into consideration the low price of electricity, an electric car is already cheaper, in the long run. After that initial payment, you’ll save thousands of dollars that would otherwise go towards refilling your tank and other costs associated with traditional vehicles, like ongoing repairs and maintenance.
2. Countries Provide Incentives for Going Electric
Due to their proven environmental friendliness, electric cars are being promoted by governments around the world for sustainability reasons. Many governments offer tax rebates if you purchase an EV, and some even go to the trouble of paying for part of your car if you give up your old one in exchange. Add to that the mounting fees associated with driving older vehicles and you have several motives to switch to electric while these offers still stand.
3. Saving the Planet Doesn’t Hurt Either
One of the best things about owning an electric car lies in the fact that it’s a win-win proposition. On the one hand, the driver gets to enjoy a reliable ride that’s cheap to use and fun to drive. On the other, you are doing your part to help the environment. By not relying on fossil fuels, electric cars have a markedly reduced carbon footprint. You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist to understand why that’s a big benefit for you and your family, both now and in the future.
4. Charging Stations Are Becoming Commonplace
One of the biggest drawbacks of electric cars used to be the lack of charging stations where you could plug your vehicle and have its batteries recharged in a timely (often not) fashion. But a lot has changed in recent years. You can take a look at the Open Charge Map to see just how many charging stations are located near you, and it’s worth mentioning that new ones are added each day. While they are still behind gas stations in total numbers, these days it’s a sure bet that you won’t have to drive very far to get to a charging station near you.
5. Electric Car Autonomy Is Increasing
Another thing that rightfully concerned people who were thinking about switching to EVs in the past was car autonomy – or in other words, range. Electric cars were not built for long distances, so you had to carefully map out your itinerary to ensure that you didn’t run out of electricity on your route. This situation has been massively improved, with battery technology allowing for a driving range of between 200km and 500km.
That’s more than enough to allow you to go back and forth throughout the city, and even to make short road trips to neighboring settlements.
6. Improved Safety Features
Sometimes electric cars work a little too well: they’re much less noisy than their gas-burning counterparts, which in the past had led to several accidents occurring due to pedestrians not hearing them coming. That’s no longer a concern, however, as most EVs nowadays come outfitted with special noisemakers that do a much better job of making them heard. As far as other security features are concerned, manufacturers take great care to make electric cars be just as safe as their rival vehicles at every step of the way.
Autonomous driving is not a new concept, but it has taken great leaps and bounds and continues to do so still. With an ever-rising emphasis on inter-vehicle connectivity, the chances of having an accident drastically reduce when one car “knows” what the other one is doing.
7. They Look and Feel Good
Last but definitely not least, electric cars simply look and feel good. Whether we’re talking about the famous Tesla or relative newcomers to the market like the Renault Zoe or the Nissan Leaf, these EVs all feature great design and comfortable, minimalist interiors. The driving experience is smooth, and some models even come with instant torque for that blast-off feel adrenaline junkies love.
As technology continues to evolve, the gap between electric cars and their gas counterparts with regards to performance is sure to dwindle even further, and their reputation will only improve.
As you can see, there are loads of good reasons why you should consider purchasing an electric car in the near future. Whether you’re an experienced driver or someone who’s just getting behind the wheel for the first time, the benefits already outweigh any potential misgivings, and the industry is only set to grow and develop in the years to come. So do your part and become part of the revolution. The environment (and your wallet) will thank you for it.