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Trying To Decide – Electric Or Gas?

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Trying to decide electric or gas?

Choosing a new car is hard but it’s about to get even harder now we have an extra option of electric such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric or Tesla Model S. There are benefits and disadvantages like everything.

The biggest benefit of electric cars is obvious: You no longer need gas. With fully electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf, that cost is eliminated however electricity isn’t free. A plug-in hybrid eliminates a major portion of your gas bill, as well, but it still uses a gasoline engine as a range extender.

Beyond the fuel-saving benefit, electric cars offer another major cost savings: maintenance. Since an EV is fully electric, it no longer uses oil to lubricate the engine. That means oil changes are a thing of the past. The same is true for a lot of other expensive engine work that could afflict a gas-powered car. Brakes won’t wear as quickly, either, so you won’t need to replace pads as often as you do on a normal car.

Electric vehicles aren’t just less costly to own, they’re often inexpensive to buy, too.

Of course, there’s another major benefit to owning an electric car. For many drivers, just knowing that they’re doing their part to save the planet will be reason enough to take the leap into an EV.

The main disadvantages of electric car ownership concern range anxiety: the fear you’ll run out of juice when you’re nowhere near a charging station. Indeed, both the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf offer a range of approximately 75 miles. For most drivers, that’s more than enough to get around — but many will require a second car, if only to calm their nerves.

Another big disadvantage is that many drivers will have to install a charging station at home. It’s not necessary, however, as you can simply charge your EV at work or at various public charging stations. But most shoppers will want a charging station at home, cutting into the cost savings from owning an EV in the first place.

Although EV ownership eliminates many maintenance hassles, such as oil changes, it can also lead to big expenses. These are mostly because of batteries mounted in modern electric vehicles. Overall battery life is expected to be around a decade, and replacement battery packs can be costly. Most estimates put them well into the thousands of dollars.

Finally, EV ownership doesn’t eliminate fuel costs entirely. As mentioned, electricity isn’t free and charging during peak hours can add to your utility bills.


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