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In this article, I will talk about some of the advantages of electric cars in general over gasoline or diesel-powered cars because there are a fair amount of reasons why you may want to choose an electric vehicle rather than gasoline or diesel-powered car.
Now, the first benefit is a performance issue, and this has to do with the fact that electric vehicles have instant torque.
So the second you press down on the gas pedal, you’re going to get an immediate torque. And I think most people realize that electric motors create peak torque at zero rpm.
So if you’re at a standstill and you press on the gas, you’re getting the most amount of torque your car can produce immediately. And that’s a really fun thing, especially for low powered cars, because typically in low powered cars, you don’t get that torque until higher r.p.m and you never really feel the sensation of acceleration.
But one of the things I think people don’t think about with that immediate torque at zero r.p.m. is how long you actually spend in the lower speeds.
And so I take a 50 mile approximately fuel economy course, which I take all vehicles in, and that’s mostly highway. And yet, even though it’s mostly highway, the majority of that drive, my average speed is 35 to 40 miles an hour for that entire drive.
So about half the time, I’m spending under 35 miles an hour. And that’s where an electric vehicle, you know, it’s actually going to be fun to drive because it’s got punchy acceleration.
It’s got all that torque immediately available. The second you put your foot down, which gives it, you know, it’s fun like here, aim at 30 miles an hour. I put my foot down and I could hear one of the tires start to spin. You’re not going to get that in an economy gasoline car.
Now, number two is maintenance. And this is a big one with an electric car. There’s no engine oil change or oil filter. There’s no engine air filter. And often there’s no transmission fluid to change either.
No spark plugs, no exhaust system. And for example in a Nissan Leaf, I haven’t found anywhere in the owner’s manual saying to flush the coolant system, the only required maintenance on a leaf seems to be a tire rotation cabin, air filter change and brake fluid change, as well as visual inspections, all of which applied to internal combustion cars as well.
Really, your only wear items are your tires, wiper blades and brake pads. And as far as the brake pads are concerned, most of your braking will be done by the electric motors, regenerating energy for the battery.
So the brake pads will last significantly longer than non-hybrid gas cars from a maintenance standpoint. There’s really no question which technology is superior. And on the topic, batteries.
Most modern electric cars come with eight-year warranties guaranteeing sufficient battery life for those eight years.
Number three, I want to talk about efficiency because it’s kind of mind-blowing, how much more efficient electric cars are versus internal combustion cars.
I was reading a study out of Trebles G International. And according to that study, 33 per cent of the energy in an internal combustion engine goes out the exhaust.
A third of the energy created gone out the exhaust. So with an electric car, you’re instantly eliminating that. You’ve got that thirty-three per cent gain because you don’t have an exhaust.
you’re not just sending out energy as heat out of the tailpipe. Now, according to the same study, electric cars also have 50 per cent less frictional losses than internal combustion cars. So, you know, the energy savings is huge here.
I was reading on Fuel Economy dot gov. Electric cars are three times as efficient as internal combustion cars. So if you think about the amount of money you’re spending to propel your car, three times more of that money is being used to propel your current electric car versus an internal combustion car where you could think of it as from the grid to the wheels.
It takes three times less energy to move an electric car from one spot to another than it does an internal combustion car. And that’s just crazy. Like it’s a huge difference in efficiency. And that’s really cool. You know, the electric cars are that capable and that efficient.
Number four is the convenience factor. The fact that you can charge this vehicle at your own home and you no longer have to rely on gas stations.
And I think that’s a big advantage, the fact that every time you leave your home, you can leave with your car, with a full tank. In this case, a full tank of electrons. And so that’s pretty cool.
You know, you have to rely on gas stations. And oftentimes, you can bring it to work and have free charging stations at your job. So then you’re having your work fit the bill rather than you.
And, you know, charging it at home. It’s much cheaper overall than having to go to a gas station. And, you have to depend on fluctuating gasoline prices versus electricity, which tends to be much more stable and much cheaper.
So there’s a huge convenience factor in charging your car, in your own home and not having to go to gas stations for shorter distance trips.
And finally, number five, I just want to talk about the overall cost of it, because you can lease these electric vehicles for insanely low prices. I’ve seen plenty of electric cars under two hundred dollars a month, some even with no money down for two hundred dollars a month for the lease.
And if you think about that, you know, the average fuel costs for a car these days is probably around maybe two thousand dollars a year. So that’s already paying for nearly half of the car just in fuel alone.
A Nissan Leaf, for example, says, on average, you’re going to be spending six hundred dollars a year in fuel and electricity versus, an internal combustion engine.
So they are saying it’ll save you six grand over the course of five years versus the average new vehicle. So that’s an insane cost saving.
And the fact that you can lease a Nissan Leaf for 200 bucks a month, you don’t have to worry about the battery degradation or anything like that because it’s a lease and you’re getting an absurd amount of value for an extremely low price.
And in some cases, it may be cheaper than the amount of gasoline that you’re buying every month. So from a cost perspective, you don’t have the maintenance. The electricity is cheaper and the lease is really cheap. So electric vehicles can be had for a very low cost. And that’s certainly a huge advantage to them.
Morten has been working with technology, IoT and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected into this blog to give you relevant and correct information.Read more...