September 30, 2019 Last updated September 27th, 2019 97 Reads share

Are EV’s Better for the Environment? 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy One

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As you may know, the creation of electric cars is one of the most innovative inventions of our time. It’s more environment-friendly, capable of eliminating the use of fossil fuel, and no more annoying poisonous fumes. Perhaps in the future, it will be a leading trend for all car lovers all over the world.

But there are other things we have to keep in mind since there are a lot of other problems with electric cars you may have failed to acknowledge. We are going to give you some perspective on some of its drawbacks and ways to deal with it.

Not Being Able to Travel a Long Distance

What is better than taking a memorable trip with your beloved family and taking a ride to a distant land and enjoying yourself getting away from your work?

Well, with your electric car, you can only travel for a limited distance. Planning a long trip could be tough to pull off since it relies on electric, and there are rarely any charging stations in some rural areas.

And even if you manage to find one, it would take up to 3 hours to fully recharge the car which could waste a lot of your precious traveling time.

Hazards and Safety

Like all cases of newly developed technology, electric cars have their own set of risks and hazards.

There were many recorded cases of recall for various reasons. From toxic electrolytes spillage, steering wheel problems, and risk of electrocution to fire hazard. It can partly be prevented by having your car checked up every now and then, but these are still big issues.

In the event of a collision or other kinds of injury, you should seek professional help form trusted legal companies that you can find by researching online or look here. You will need to find one that can help with insurance regarding this kind of car.

If you want a worry-free car, make sure that you get an excellent package of insurance that covers your needs for the car you want before actually purchasing the vehicle.

Repairing Difficulty

When your car breaks down if it’s an average petrol or diesel car, there is always a possibility to look online, try to find what the problem is yourself, and try to fix it. Or you might know a friend who is a mechanic who knows how to work with these types of vehicles. 

Many generations know the ins and outs of cars nowadays as they have been mainstream for such a long time. But when an electric car breaks down, you can’t just buy a part somewhere and repair it yourself. 

You need to find a specialized garage that knows how to fix them. Then servicing these cars may take longer than usual. The price is also an issue; a new Tesla battery can vary in the $5,000-$7,000 mark range. You could spend a lot of money on repairs on an electric car.

Reselling Complication

Buying and using an electric car is one thing, reselling them can cause you some trouble too. 

As you may know, people are becoming more and more open to the idea of electric cars. But the growth in sales of those is still sluggish. And the market demand for this type of car is still low. This is because there are insufficient models of electric cars which cannot satisfy the diverse preferences of people. Many are still hesitant to buy an electric car instead of a conventional fossil fuel-powered car.

So to resell the car, you would have no other choice but to lower the price to meet the demand of the buyer. And it could further plummet for each additional year of your usage. 

Maintenance

The amount of maintenance your electric car needs may also surprise you. The first maintenance point is the battery. Like we said before a new battery for a Tesla car can range between 5000 and 7000 US dollars. So it’s imperative to make sure that you take care of your battery to give its the longest life possible.

For most batteries, it is suggested not to fully charge your battery but to charge it up to a maximum of 70 to 90%. Also not to go below 10%. Elon Musk reached out on twitter to say that as long as you don’t go above 90%, then you will be fine.

The good news is that an electric motor should require less maintenance than a combustion engine. But the brake pads, tires, and everything else are the same as an average car. So we still need to get the brakes and the tires serviced from time to time.

Don’t Forget You Are Buying an Electric Car

What do we mean by this? Well, you are buying an electric car so all of the things you like about a combustion engine, like the sound, the power, and the feel, will be lost. Now, this may sound obvious, but there are things to be aware of.

The noise of an electric car is quiet. That means that driving in small alleyways, car parks, and roads has become a stealth game. People will not be able to hear you so they may walk out on the road without realizing, and you may be prone to accidents. You need to be more aware of your surroundings.

We don’t realize it, but over the years our brains have adjusted to the noise of cars, and when we don’t hear a car, our brains register emptiness. This can be very dangerous for pedestrians.

It’s Up to You

Now it’s up to you to weigh up the pros and cons. If you think that an electric car is the right fit for you and your family, then go ahead and get one. But always be aware of these potential issues so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

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