In our modern world, where we seem to be searching constantly for eco-friendly and non-polluting vehicles while still keeping a good mobility, electrical cars seem to be the go-to option. If you’re looking forward to buying an electrical car, you’re in the right place. Here’s our advice on whether you should purchase one and everything you need to know about them.
How much should I spend for an average electrical vehicle?
Over the years, price tags have changed massively. Currently, your average version is at around $35,000.
“Just by critical mass, the cost of the vehicles will moderate but they won’t become cheap,” Mike Sinclair (editor of carsales.com.au) says. “And there will be more choice, which will inevitably make the market a bit more competitive.”
You’ll find a bunch of models of pure EV’s out there from various manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Hyundai, Renault, Tesla, Kia etc… They can be recharged very quickly in charging stations in approximatively 30 minutes.
EV’s have gone through a lot of thinking and modifications as well. You can easily seat a family in there and travel hundreds of kilometers. As such, the price itself of the car isn’t much when you calculate how much money you’d be saving on gas.
How will the prices evolve in near future?
It is very likely that the prices will drop in near future. Being a very researched topic, EV’s are constantly upgraded, as their production costs keep diminishing and their overall performance gets better speed and distance wise.
What’s more, batteries’ falling cost is promising for the future. It had been determined that for old electric cars, the battery represented more than half of the car’s production cost. In 2015, the battery represented 57% of it, in 2019 represents 33%, and Bloomberg NEF predicts it will only represent 20% by 2025.
How about pollution?
It is a common misconception that EV cars are completely environment friendly. That is wrong, but does have a bit of truth to it.
By that, it implies that unlike a diesel or petrol powered vehicle, you won’t pollute directly, through your exhaust pipe for example. Your ecological impact will be located where the cars are produced, and in places where the electricity required to power your car is generated.
As such, there is no completely eco-friendly car. Of course, you can opt for a hybrid option, not necessarily a fully electric one. But the fact is you’ll still end up producing CO2 indirectly or not.
What’s the range of electric vehicles? Is it enough?
That depends obviously of what model you’ll be purchasing. However, keep in mind that pure EV’s will have battery ranges from 200km to 500km+ approximatively. Of course, the longer you’d like to travel without having to charge your car, the more energy you’ll need, the larger the battery required will be, and greater the price for your vehicle will be.
As for hybrids, that wouldn’t be an issue as it can be pushed up to around 1000km for certain models. It is said that a 170km range is enough to satisfy 99% of driving trips. If we believe such a statement, you’d be better off buying a cheap one that will only cover short distances but at a minimal cost.
In conclusion, whether you buy an electrical vehicle or not all comes down to your requirements. Do you often cover long distances while using a car? Do you have a limited budget? The choice is yours, drive what you think is best for you.