Electric Cars: The Future of Automotives

In the past decade, electric cars have become much more popular with the public and have become more common on the streets and roads. Even though the concept isn’t brand new, it has started to gain traction and become a popular choice for people purchasing new vehicles. At the current moment, only one percent of all cars in the road are electric and have the ability to be charged but these numbers have started to grow rapidly. For example, in Norway electric cars have become incredibly popular with over one third of all the cars on the road being electric.

Electric cars have profuse benefits for the environment and economy as they release zero gas emissions and don’t require any fuel. With oil prices reaching all time highs in some areas (especially North America), the investment becomes worth it for buyers after a short period of time. As electric cars have become more popular, charging stations have been appearing all over cities and towns. Now you can find them at gas stations, parking lots, retail stores, etc. Most of these charging stations fees are either free or charge low sums of money to be able to use their services.

One main reason, electric cars have became more popular is because, in many countries, the government is starting to give away incentives for utilizing these earth friendly transportation methods. For example, in Norway, the government offers many tempting incentives for electric car users. Firstly, they don’t have to pay sales tax on their vehicles. Then, they receive considerable discounts off their vehicles price and are exempt from paying tolls and fees on highways and roads. This movement has helped Norway’s residents move to more green options of transport and has made electric cars extremely popular. Due to this, Norway’s carbon emissions on the road have drastically decreased and traffic levels have gone down.

Another major benefit of electric cars are that they are much more affordable to be able to maintain and drive than other gas dependent vehicles. The average owner spends only 540 dollars a year to be drive and maintain an electric car in the United States. It cost the average gas dependent car driver a whopping nine thousand dollars each year to be able to maintain and drive their car not including repair costs. This price difference has encouraged more buyers to move towards electric options. But electric cars also have some negatives which have restricted them from reaching their full potential and being the most popular transport method.

One negative is the higher buying cost. Electric cars are substantially more to purchase in today’s automotive market because they aren’t as popular. This has dissuaded people from going through with this method. They also have incredibly long refuel times and only have limited ranges they can drive. To be able to drive a long distance you would have to probably stop for a charge during that drive. But the positives outweigh the negatives at the current moment and the technology continues to improve and expand for electric cars. In the next few decades, they will continue to rise and become more and more popular on the roads.