Electric Cars Are Better Than Gas Cars

posted Jan 22, 2019, 6:54 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Jenny Tran

    One of the most annoying things about having a car is paying for gas. Gas prices fluctuate all the time, and depending on where you live and what gas your car takes, you could be paying up to three dollars per gallon of gas. With the advancements that have been seen recently in electric cars, it makes sense to switch over.

    Electric cars are much better for the environment than traditional gasoline cars. Electric cars emit zero tailpipe emissions, which will help drastically reduce air pollution. Currently, “motor vehicles collectively cause 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S.” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Cleaner air will result in a better environment, and could slow down the effects of global warming by reducing the carbon footprint caused by humans.

    Electric cars are also cheaper in the long run compared to traditional gas cars. It was discovered that the average cost to operate an electric car was $485 per year while the average cost to operate a traditional gas car was $1,117, according to a 2018 study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. Although these numbers may vary depending on the type of vehicle that is being driven, overall it is evident that electric cars will be much more cost effective in the long run.

    Although electric cars are on the come up, one difficulty with electric cars is that there is are limited options on the market that are fully electric. Most companies offer hybrid vehicles that incorporate both gas and electricity, but according to a web publication by EverCharge, “currently, there are only ~30 purely electric vehicle models to choose from.” So with this limitation, it can be difficult to find a model that is within budget and looks nice.

    For example, the cheapest electric car on the market right now is the 2018 Smart Fortwo EQ and it starts at around $23,800. The car itself is small and impractical for a family, so most electric sedans start at around $30,000. For a more luxury feel, the most expensive electric car comes from the American car company Tesla, and the Model X starts at $84,000.

    So even though electric cars are becoming popular, the limitation of models is currently one big problem. But if you have the means to afford an electric car, making the switch is definitely worth it in the long run.

Date Uploaded: 1/22/19

Edited By: CS