Electric Vehicles


Electric Vehicles (EV) have made a huge impact in the news lately. With Tesla Inc. releasing the new Model 3 at the end of this July, Volvo announcing their plan to only sell Electric and Hybrid vehicles by the year 2019, and Nissan’s plan to increase the mile range of the Nissan Leaf from 109 miles to over 200 miles in the next model. There is no doubt that EVs are on the rise but is this trend going to last or will it flop and is it a trend that you should consider?

The biggest advantage EVs have is that they are powered by Lithium-Ion batteries compared to traditional Lead-Acid batteries in petroleum powered vehicles. EVs cut down the amount of carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere compared to petroleum powered vehicles. Cutting down on Earths carbon monoxide pollution seems like an attractive idea but there are other things to consider before you hop on the EV bandwagon.

One of the main things to consider in an EV is the battery life. The Lithium-Ion battery is what powers these vehicles to get you from point A to point B. Many EVs, just like some gas vehicles, have some kind of mile warranty. This is huge because, today, Lithium-Ion batteries are a bit more expensive than a traditional Lead-Acid battery, but with advancements in technology and the chemistry of batteries, prices of these batteries are planned to drop throughout the next few years.

Another consideration is the range an EV has to offer. Different models of Electric Vehicles have different mile ranges just like different models of Gas Vehicles have different Miles Per Gallon (MPG). On average, gas powered vehicles get around 350 Miles on a single full tank. EVs have a wide mile range on a single full battery. The Chevy Bolt gets around 238 Miles on a full charge, the Tesla Model S gets around 210 to 315 miles, and a KIA Sol gets around 90 Miles on a full charge.

Finally and most importantly is charging your EV. Your Electric Vehicle needs to be charged to get you where you need to be, right? First you’ll need a place to charge your EV. Next you’ll need a charger/outlet to plug your EV into. There are many possibilities when it comes to charging your EV. Many models offer you to plug into a traditional outlet, which will fully charge your vehicle in around 10 to 12 hours. Some companies offer a connector which will cut off a few hours of the charging time, depending on the wattage. Tesla offers Super Charger stations around the country where Tesla owners can charge their vehicle much quicker and free of charge.

There are many other things to consider when looking at new Electric Vehicles; my goal was to point out some of the most common considerations. What do you think about Electric Vehicles? What kind would you buy if you did decide to join the trend?  Will going Electric be a trend everyone will follow or will it be a flop? Let me know your opinion!

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