Downsides of Buying Electric Cars

The continuous increase on the prices of fuels used in conventional gas-powered vehicles has encouraged a lot of car manufacturers to produce new types of vehicles such as the electric cars. Most of these car producers assured the buying public that by purchasing some of the available electric car models would save them from higher fuel expenses each year. As a result, more and more car buyers have decided to purchase some of the available electric car models. However, what these buyers don’t is that electric vehicles have several downsides.

Due to this, it is very important for buyers to weigh things first before jumping into the idea of buying an electric car. They should also try to consider the existing disadvantages of buying electric vehicles such as the following.

1.      Expensive price

Electric cars are sold at expensive prices. This is because the technologies used in producing this type of vehicle are also expensive. The powerful batteries that are installed in these cars to store the electrical charges needed to power their electric motors are one of the main reasons why car manufacturers are offering these vehicles at relatively higher prices. Due to this, new car finders who are planning to buy electric cars are forced to extend their budgets just to cope with vehicles’ price.

Despite the tax cuts and incentives provided by the federal government, the prices of the available electric cars in the market are still higher compared to the conventional gas-powered versions. In addition to this, buyers who purchased this type of vehicle through auto financing are also paying higher monthly premiums despite the discounts provided by electric car dealerships.

2.      Limited Charging outlets

Aside from the expensive price, the limited number of charging outlets in public and strategic places also serves as another downside of buying electric cars. This could mean that an electric car owner would surely have a hard time when the vehicle’s batteries suddenly get drained in the middle of the road.

In addition to this, buying some of the electric car model in the market require the owners to install a specialized charging outlets in their homes just to charge their vehicles. The installation of the charging outlet means additional expenses since this service is not offered for free.

Charging the electric car in the owner’s home could also increase their electrical bill every month and the cost might also be equal to the fuel expenses incurred when buying a conventional gas-powered car. Thus, the possibility of earning greater savings from buying this type of car becomes uncertain.

3.      Contributes to electric power plant’s higher gas emissions

Buying an electric car and charging this every night does not also contribute to the preservation of the natural environment. This is because the amount of electricity consumed by the vehicle when charged increases the consumption of electricity supplied by electric power plants. Since power plants use coal to generate electricity, higher consumption could also increase the gas amount of gasses released on the atmosphere by power plants.

4.      Batteries used are hazardous

The batteries used on electric cars also serves as one of its downsides. This is because a lot studies showed that the batteries installed on this type of vehicle are proven to be toxic and might harm the environment when these are not disposed properly. Although most electric car manufacturers have their own programs that promote proper disposal of electric car batteries, each of these does not provide total guarantee. Electric car owners who are not aware of the possible dangers that the batteries would cause might dispose these the wrong way.


About Marty Bay

Marty Bay is the Lead Writer and Editor for VPM Automotive. He has researched and reviewed 100s of cars, and writes extensively about car technologies.
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