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What are the advantages of driving an electric car?

Electric cars have many advantages over driving cars with internal combustion engines. Once you start driving an electric car you’re unlikely to want to go back.

What are the advantages of driving an electric car?

The electric car is a concept that has captivated the mind ever since the turn of the twentieth century when electric vehicles looked like they would dominate the future of personal transportation. That was before Henry Ford, his Model T and the discovery of cheap Texas crude sent electric vehicles into decline. 

Today electric cars are on the resurgence with more and more people getting on board. From a market penetration of 1 to 2% in 2020, by 2030 market share is expected to increase anywhere from 30 to over 50% of all US passenger car sales. So what advantages can consumers expect to enjoy when making the switch from the internal combustion engine to the electric car?

Are electric cars better for human health and the environment?

In short, absolutely. Electric cars combined with the rise of renewable energy sources promise the beginning of the end of smog. Electric cars don’t spew the noxious fumes from a rear tailpipe that you find with gas cars. Carbon monoxide, unburnt hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter are all directly hazardous to human health. 

Meanwhile carbon dioxide and water vapor contribute to climate change, an existential threat to the future of human societies. Electric vehicles still have an environmental impact, from mining the cobalt and lithium for batteries, and when they draw on non-renewable energy sources to charge. 

However, with the increasing innovation in battery recycling and an increasing proportion of renewable energy flowing into the grid, there really is no contest. The future is electric, and we’ll all be better off for it.

How much quieter are electric cars than gas cars?

You’ll often hear EV drivers talk about the meditative and calming experience of driving their electric cars. The reason is that they are so much quieter than their combustion engine counterparts, especially at the lower speeds for driving in towns and cities. If you ever thought about the components that go into traffic noise, you most certainly would have identified the engine noise, which dominates at low speeds. This is near non-existent in EVs, however for pedestrian safety, electric cars must now come equipped with manufactured noises when traveling at low speeds. The good thing about these noises is that they can be programmed to soothe rather than to agitate.

The other components of traffic noise - tire noise, road noise and aerodynamic noise - are less obviously reduced in EVs. That said, you’ll find that most electric cars tend to have more streamlined bodies to reduce aerodynamic noise, and come equipped with tires that roll with lower noise. So all in all, the transition to electric vehicles will mean more calm, more contentment, less distracted drivers and less annoyed residents who will enjoy the proliferating sounds of the wind and the birds. Aaaaahhhhhh.

Are electric cars cheaper and less time consuming to operate and maintain?

Maintaining an electric car is much less of a headache than maintaining a regular gas car. The electric motor has far fewer moving parts so the risk of parts breaking down is greatly reduced. Buying gas of course becomes a thing of the past, and on top of that you can say goodbye to oil changes. Often people will have concerns about battery degradation over time, but such concerns appear to be overblown. As such, going for a used electric car option could be the ticket to reducing your upfront cost whilst maintaining a reliable and cost-effective vehicle to run. Car buyers also have concerns about insurance increasing with an electric, though again you’re likely to see little in the way of difference compared to similarly priced gas cars. PlugStar by Plug in America has a handy tool to help you assess the cost of driving an electric car vs. the gas equivalent. Take for example the graph below assessing a leased Hyundai Kona electric against the gas equivalent. A monthly saving of $120.

Overall if you can find an electric car to fit within your budget and lifestyle you won’t regret it. You will experience all the advantages discussed, culminating in just a different, more delightful driving experience.  A chat with a Link EV Expert will put you on the path to finding the exact right make and model for you.
















What are the advantages of driving an electric car?

The electric car is a concept that has captivated the mind ever since the turn of the twentieth century when electric vehicles looked like they would dominate the future of personal transportation. That was before Henry Ford, his Model T and the discovery of cheap Texas crude sent electric vehicles into decline. 

Today electric cars are on the resurgence with more and more people getting on board. From a market penetration of 1 to 2% in 2020, by 2030 market share is expected to increase anywhere from 30 to over 50% of all US passenger car sales. So what advantages can consumers expect to enjoy when making the switch from the internal combustion engine to the electric car?

Are electric cars better for human health and the environment?

In short, absolutely. Electric cars combined with the rise of renewable energy sources promise the beginning of the end of smog. Electric cars don’t spew the noxious fumes from a rear tailpipe that you find with gas cars. Carbon monoxide, unburnt hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter are all directly hazardous to human health. 

Meanwhile carbon dioxide and water vapor contribute to climate change, an existential threat to the future of human societies. Electric vehicles still have an environmental impact, from mining the cobalt and lithium for batteries, and when they draw on non-renewable energy sources to charge. 

However, with the increasing innovation in battery recycling and an increasing proportion of renewable energy flowing into the grid, there really is no contest. The future is electric, and we’ll all be better off for it.

How much quieter are electric cars than gas cars?

You’ll often hear EV drivers talk about the meditative and calming experience of driving their electric cars. The reason is that they are so much quieter than their combustion engine counterparts, especially at the lower speeds for driving in towns and cities. If you ever thought about the components that go into traffic noise, you most certainly would have identified the engine noise, which dominates at low speeds. This is near non-existent in EVs, however for pedestrian safety, electric cars must now come equipped with manufactured noises when traveling at low speeds. The good thing about these noises is that they can be programmed to soothe rather than to agitate.

The other components of traffic noise - tire noise, road noise and aerodynamic noise - are less obviously reduced in EVs. That said, you’ll find that most electric cars tend to have more streamlined bodies to reduce aerodynamic noise, and come equipped with tires that roll with lower noise. So all in all, the transition to electric vehicles will mean more calm, more contentment, less distracted drivers and less annoyed residents who will enjoy the proliferating sounds of the wind and the birds. Aaaaahhhhhh.

Are electric cars cheaper and less time consuming to operate and maintain?

Maintaining an electric car is much less of a headache than maintaining a regular gas car. The electric motor has far fewer moving parts so the risk of parts breaking down is greatly reduced. Buying gas of course becomes a thing of the past, and on top of that you can say goodbye to oil changes. Often people will have concerns about battery degradation over time, but such concerns appear to be overblown. As such, going for a used electric car option could be the ticket to reducing your upfront cost whilst maintaining a reliable and cost-effective vehicle to run. Car buyers also have concerns about insurance increasing with an electric, though again you’re likely to see little in the way of difference compared to similarly priced gas cars. PlugStar by Plug in America has a handy tool to help you assess the cost of driving an electric car vs. the gas equivalent. Take for example the graph below assessing a leased Hyundai Kona electric against the gas equivalent. A monthly saving of $120.

Overall if you can find an electric car to fit within your budget and lifestyle you won’t regret it. You will experience all the advantages discussed, culminating in just a different, more delightful driving experience.  A chat with a Link EV Expert will put you on the path to finding the exact right make and model for you.
















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