In Today's state of the automotive industry, electric vehicles pose a very enticing purchase choice. However, buyers are conflicted between sticking with their old, proven and reliable gas-powered rides and making the switch to the new and exciting world of EV. The right choice is going to differ from person to person, so it's crucial to be informed about all the benefits and shortcomings of each option before being able to come to a decision. This is why, in this article, we've listed the most important and significant advantages (and disadvantages) of both gas-powered and electric vehicles, allowing our readers to form their own, fully-informed opinions. Conflicted about purchasing an EV or sticking a traditional car? Then keep reading.
10 Switch to EV: They’re Extremely Cheap to Maintain
A powerful pro-electric-car argument relies on their long-term affordability. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, the cost per mile in an electric-powered car is just $0.04. For comparison, the same distance traveled in a gas-powered car consuming 22 mpg, with current gas prices, is easily calculated to come out to 14 cents per mile. This means that electric-powered cars are more than three times cheaper to keep running.Not only do electric cars consume far less fuel to get the job done but they also require significantly fewer trips to the mechanic. Although you can't expect your all-electric car to serve you for a lifetime, generally speaking, electric cars have far lower maintenance and repair costs than their gas-powered counterparts. Pair this with a supreme fuel economy, and buying an electric car might just be the best financial decision you'll make.
9 Hold off: EVs have limited ranges and charger availability
The fact remains that even the most modern electric vehicles can't quite stand side by side with a decent gas-powered car when it comes to driving range. As the EV industry is essentially still in its infancy, charging stations are still very scarce globally. Pair this with the ongoing "range anxiety" characteristic to owning a battery-powered electric car, and your EV turns from being a convenience to a liability. On the other hand, owning a traditional car still gives you a comparatively greater, unrestrained sense of freedom and trust. Gas stations are on every corner, and you can fill your car to the brim in a wink, which brings us to our next point.
8 Switch to EV: Better Performance and Handling
This ties in with the previous point. Electric cars can create more power and more energy while consuming fewer resources. In a gas-powered car, the power has to be routed through the transmission and the drivetrain - a process in which a portion of the power created by the engine is lost. On the other hand, electric vehicles use a more straightforward and efficient approach that sends power directly to the wheels. This is why electric cars generate more torque and why they're quicker off the line. It's also the reason why, in an electric car, you're getting more acceleration and performance for less buck. Not only that, but EVs also have far better handling. Why? Due to the lower center of gravity, courtesy of the massive ion-battery pack decorating the floor pan of all new electric-cars, which effectively eliminates any chance of losing traction or overturning in sharp corners.
7 Hold off: Gas-powered cars are still more convenient
Gas-powered cars have a century-old history of incremental improvement behind them. For the most ubiquitous cars, new parts are extremely cheap and ready 24/7. Aside from that, gas stations with necessary tools and equipment such as spare tires are everywhere, and electric cars still don't have anything close to this. To make matters worse, charging a typical electric vehicle takes literally hours, even using the fastest chargers. This makes the charging process one that has to be thoroughly planned out and executed when you don't need to be using your car. Otherwise, owning an electric car easily turns into a big hassle.
6 Switch to EV: More sustainable
Electric-powered cars are lauded as a more sustainable solution that is better for the environment. And with fuel economy standards have recently shifted and become more demanding, purchasing an all-electric car might be a very wise decision in the long run. The electric power used to charge electric vehicles is still generated somewhere. The benefit is that electric cars effectively remove the harmful effects of these greenhouse gases and other negative substances created as a by-product of burning up fuel from the city streets and populated areas. This means that adopting electric cars improve both our environment and our own health.
5 Hold off: The thrills of gas-powered cars
For an all-out gearhead, few things come close to the roar of a petrol engine. Electric cars are comfortable and quiet, but they will never be considered true drivers' cars. You will never be able to invest yourself and connect with an electric car as you can with a good old traditional, stick shift.
There are still many drivers out there who prefer to really drive their car, rather than be driven in it. This also has some performance benefits, and some types of cars are simply and irrefutably better with a petrol engine and a stick shift. This includes cars like hard-core offroaders and many performance cars and tuners.
4 Switch to EV: Automotive industry is rapidly advancing
A powerful argument for making the switch to electric vehicles are industry trends. What we mean by that is that automakers globally have now started to realize the potential and the payout of selling EVs, they'll also be sure to make their newest, most advanced, and coolest-looking models fully-electric. And this makes sense. However, this leaves petrol-heads with obsolete, and undesirable (due to government pushes for more sustainable vehicles) traditional cars. In other words, opting for a fossil fuel car in the future will mean missing out on all the best tech and convenience features, new designs, and even performance.
3 Hold off: Gas-powered cars are faster
Every supercar enthusiast will agree that one of the most attractive things about a supercar is the speed. Unfortunately, those on the electric end of the spectrum will miss out due to the electric cars' inability to achieve speeds equivalent to their petrol counterparts. Mostly responsible for this is the absence of a transmission in an electric-powered car. Similarly to shifting gears on a bicycle, utilizing a traditional transmission system, a gas-powered vehicle is able to use the same frequency of engine rotations and the same power output to gradually achieve a higher top speed as it shifts the power to a higher gear.
2 Switch to EV: Comfort and luxury
Every electric car owner will tell you that one of the best things about their EV is not the low fuel consumption or the performance, it's the comfort. Because they use motors that don't rely on combustion or explosion, electric cars provide the most comfortable, silent, and blissful rides yet.
Every forward-looking company is now competing in making their electric cars as attractive and desirable for the upcoming wave of EV purchases. This means that owners purchasing the newest electric cars will be benefiting from superior engineering, convenience and comfort features, gadgets, and the trademark EV silence.
1 Hold off: High pricing and unpredictability of EVs
We've made electric cars seem extremely desirable and attractive, and they are. However, it's their high prices, paired with the uncertainty of the direction of the industry, that deter most potential buyers. Not only are electric cars significantly more expensive than their gas counterparts to begin with, but they also pose some potential future expenses such as expensive battery replacements. For reference, a battery pack for Tesla Model 3 costs $190/kWh. Multiplying this with the 75 kWh battery pack it comes equipped with gives us a whopping $14,250 cost for a battery replacement. Apart from that, given that the EV industry is still in its earliest stages, there is always the uncertainty of current EV technology becoming obsolete or resulting in some other unpredictable costs and expenses.