Electric Cars. The car’s history emphasizes luxury, comfort and aesthetics over performance, power, speed and safety. This is true for your original need – transport and means of transport.
However, if we consider buying a car with more power that is safe for everyday use and provides more mileage – gasoline powered cars are the best choice – for both highways and racetracks.
Theory is not merely wild speculation or desktop projection, it is a real-world simulation.
UC Davis recently launched the “Project EV”, which allowed car users to simulate their commute in an EV (Electric Vehicle) versus a fuel-powered vehicle.
The project found that a 50-mile round trip could save a 2014 electric Chevrolet Volt owner an estimated $5,000 in annual fuel costs compared to driving a Ford Focus 2014 petrol.
However, pure electric cars are more expensive than fuel-powered cars. For example, a 2018 Ford Focus costs less than R$58,900 at cash price, while the 2018 Chevrolet Volt will cost consumers more than $34,000 and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt will cost more than $38,000.
Solving the equation in this hypothetical scenario, it would take the owner of the Chevy more than 17 years to recover the extra costs of buying an electric.
In other words, EVs are not suitable for users who plan to hold the vehicle for a long period of time. EVs also cost more upfront than gas-powered cars.
They need supporting charging infrastructure, plug-in accessibility and specialized maintenance workshops, which are not yet adequate to meet the growing demand of consumers.
Additional concern is raised when it comes to mileage and range.
On a single charge, most elite EVs like Tesla Model X, Model S, Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt and 2018 Nissan Leaf can only travel 225 miles about 362.1 kilometers on average in an ideal scenario.
That number can reach 170 on cold or hot days with the heater or AC running full blast. Hybrid and gas-powered cars are the best options in this case.
To unlock the full potential of hybrids, some car buyers are opting for plug-in hybrids (PHEV). A 2018 Chevrolet Volt.
For example, it has 53 miles about 85.3 kilometers of electric range and a tank of conventional gas for longer journeys of up to 420 miles = 675.92 kilometers.
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It is true that EVs are environmentally friendly, but they are not necessarily clean as electricity is generated somehow. It is comparable to using the same fossil fuel – just cleaner.
EVs run on a lithium-ion battery, which needs to be extracted from the ground. Chemically, lithium is a corrosive alkaline metal that releases dangerous gaseous derivatives when it comes into contact with moisture, resulting in increased pollution of the environment.
In application, this can cause EVs to emit dangerous fumes or even ignite if stored in a cold climate or not properly maintained.
The current electrical infrastructure of this technology does not provide for the reuse of batteries or recalibration of disposal costs.
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Fuel-powered cars can be easily rebuilt, their engines replaced and fuel filtered; but not so currently with an electric.
The technology of “Transport of the Future” it’s still young and expensive than its gas-based cousins. EVs may be easier to carry, but they cost more in the medium to long term.
Even the most advanced EV batteries wear out eventually and need to be replaced frequently. For such a replacement, the Tesla Model 3 battery costs $190 per kWh and the Chevy Bolt battery $205 per kWh.
Charging stations are another link to EV sustenance. In a state of euphoria, consumers can skip gas stations and “fuel up” their EVs at a charging station on the way to work or through a solar panel added to their homes.
In reality, while gas stations can be found every 1 mile on a regular highway, EV battery charging stations may not be found as often.
People who live in apartments or condominiums may have difficulty getting the charging plug-ins. With a high cost, the plug-ins are now only available in the most advanced countries, such as the United States and Western Europe.
Not to mention that it becomes a deal breaker for many new buyers and gives headache to car owners in developing countries.
The perennial debate gains a lot of strength on the issue of automobile safety. In theory, EVs are less combustible than gas cars. However, once caught in flames, EVs are difficult to put out.
In October 2017, a Tesla Model S caught fire after crashing into a concrete barrier on the Ahlberg Expressway in Austria. The incident took 35 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.
As recently as March 23, 2018, a Tesla Model X slammed headfirst into an unshielded median on Highway 101 in California and caught fire. The fire closed the highway for 5 hours, which became a nightmare for firefighters to put out.
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EV engines are not responsible for such disastrous accidents. The potent villains are lithium-ion batteries that can fuel hotter fires and release intense heat and are harder to extinguish.
Battery fires further generate a series of toxic gases, smoke and gas that pose a greater danger to daily commuting and to the environment. At the moment, only a handful of employees at EV manufacturers have experience dealing with such electrical emissions and hazards.
State firefighters and general commuters are not always aware of this ‘technological know-how’, as EVs do not come with a detailed ‘101 of Putting Out Your EV Fire’ manual ;!
Recent accidents are bringing back the debate about whether EVs are safer than diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles when it comes to safety.
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In black and white, the Tesla Model X might score perfect for the crash test safety rating. But hands-on experience and records always prove stronger than rainbow promises and faded lab results.
With advancing technology, EVs could herald the transportation revolution for decades to come. The cost of replacing batteries could drop to as little as BRL 400.00 per kWh after 2030 and the current range concern could become a thing of the past.
Hybrids and EVs can offer greater choice and more convenience for the discerning consumer and new commercial setup.
But at this stage, if we consider road safety for trips without tension, it is easier to bet on ‘combustion’
The perennial debate of the automobile paradox – opting for fuel-powered cars versus electric vehicles for commuting.