Everything you need to know about electric cars

Now that they’ve been around a few years, you may be considering making your next car electric. They’re supposed to be better for the environment, and cars like Tesla have made them into a sought-after luxury item. In fact, the number of electric cars hit a record high in 2021. If you’re in the market for a new car, or you’re curious what all the buzz is about, read on to learn everything you need to know about electric cars.

 

History:

While electric cars, or EVs, hadn’t been popularized until recent years, they have been around far longer. One of the first successful electric cars came around in 1884, when the inventor Thomas Parker created his model. For a few decades, electric cars had as much innovation power put into them as other alternatives. However, when the Model T came around at a third of the price of an electric car, the focus on EVs halted (1). Electric cars were then few and far between before Tesla came out with the Roadster in 2008. The Roadster was the first of its kind, as it was the first highway-legal electric car, and capable of going 124 mph. Suddenly, electric cars didn’t seem like a choice that was only good for the environment. Electric cars became desirable.

 

Why are they good for the environment?

Electric cars are better for the environment, but the benefits may not be present for some years. Over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime, electric cars create less of a carbon footprint than their counterparts. However, you may hear of some of the pushbacks received by electric cars. Some believe that the process to create the batteries they run off of is just as bad as using gasoline, or that it emits just as much carbon. The bottom line, right now, is that electric cars are comparatively better for the environment. The caveat is, the advantages will be minimal for the near future. In the long run, the carbon emissions that an electric vehicle emits are lesser than traditional cars. It takes time and use for an electric car to pass up a traditional car, but that will change with years to come. As big companies keep innovating, there will be more and more discoveries to better the environmental impact.

 

What to consider before buying:

Before buying an electric car, you’ll probably be wondering where you can charge your new vehicle. Most electric cars can go about 200 miles after being charged. This is perfect for people only driving around their homes, as most people have a charging station situated at their home. However, if you’re looking to do any type of roadtrip, you’ll need to be cautious of where charging stations are located. The number of charging stations in our country is increasing, but it’s still something you should consider. You can check out Plugshare to see where charging stations along your route may be (2). Since most people charge at their homes, you’ll want to ensure that the electrical panel in your home can handle the requirements.

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