Technology is rapidly changing various aspects of our lives, from the way we work and study to how we watch sports and other forms of entertainment. Another part of our lives that is slowly being changed by technology is the way we commute daily, especially with the introduction of electric vehicles. Surveys show that around 69% of drivers would still choose gas-powered vehicles over EVs.
However, with rising gas prices and the call for more sustainable options, there has never been a more perfect time to switch to EVs. Here’s why.
A Cleaner Ride
One of the primary reasons that EVs are gaining traction in the automotive industry is the need for a cleaner alternative to conventional gas-powered vehicles. A typical gas-powered vehicle emits around 66 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per 200,000 miles of driving. Meanwhile, an EV would only emit 39 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the same distance.
Acknowledging this significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, many car manufacturers plan to phase out gas-powered engines within the next 10 to 15 years. By 2035, the sale of gas-powered vehicles will be banned in certain states, such as California. These measures ensure that EVs will become the standard ride and redefine mobility in the future. As such, switching to EVs allows you to adapt earlier to the inevitable electrification of the automotive industry.
Cheaper and Easier Maintenance
A clear advantage of EVs over gas-powered vehicles is the long-term savings you would get, mainly because you don’t have to regularly shell out gas money. However, that is not the only way that EVs save you money. Maintenance costs of EVs are also relatively cheaper, and the upkeep is easier. EVs do not have a lot of moving parts, which means that they do not require regular maintenance.
Experts estimate that in five years, EVs will only incur around one-sixth of the typical maintenance cost of a regular vehicle. That is a significant dip in the money that you need to shell out for maintenance, which also translates to long-term savings.
A Safer Alternative
One persistent myth is that the lithium ion battery that EVs typically use can easily catch fires, making electric vehicles unsafe to use. However, this myth has already been debunked by the US EPA, as they have stated that all vehicles sold in the US undergo an extensive testing process. The battery packs of EVs also have to meet a separate set of guidelines.
Finally, EVs are designed to shut down when they detect a collision or short circuit, making them a lot safer than conventional cars. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded several EVs as the 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick, and this stamp of approval can influence more people to invest in electric vehicles.
Shifting to an EV is no longer just an environment-friendly choice. EVs bring about a number of advantages that give them an edge over gas-powered vehicles, including long-term savings, as well as enhanced driving safety. With the evolving charging infrastructure in the country, these advantages are about to multiply too.