Electric Cars: Fad Or Future Of Automotive Industry


Electric cars are quickly gaining acceptance all over the world going by the number of car manufacturers that are continually investing in the research and development surrounding them. These cars are propelled by one or more electric motors that are powered by rechargeable batteries. Big vehicle manufacturers such as Nissan and Tesla have been at the forefront of this technological advancement.

The big question, however, remains to be whether or not these cars are way ahead of their time. While there are huge incentives such as tax relief being given to these car manufacturers, people are yet to shift their attention to these cars in large numbers. This is in spite of the advantages that have been attached to these cars.

Some of these advantages include reduced carbon emission to the environment. This is quite obvious because the cars, of course, use electric power as opposed to gasoline. In addition to being so environment-friendly, electric cars also help mitigate the high cost of fuel by providing an alternative option to use. Overreliance on fuel is also reduced by these electric cars and this help cushion the economy from fluctuating fuel prices in the world market.

With reduced carbon emissions, electric cars can also help improve the overall health of the public by reducing the occurrence of respiratory diseases that occur as a result of environmental pollution. Moreover, electric cars a lot quieter than the regular cars which can significantly reduce noise pollution.

On the other hand, there have been concerns about these cars. Some of the concerns include the use of electricity. Critics argue that these cars may end up using a lot of energy that would cost just as much as using fuel cars.  In addition, the cars are a little more expensive than their fuel-powered counterparts both at the point of purchase and in terms of maintenance.

Environmentalists are also not as impressed by the claim that these cars are green and don’t release any emissions into the environment. This is because the cars use energy stored in batteries. These batteries are the bone of contention for the environmental crusaders in addition to the other sources of energy that are used by these cars such as gasoline.

Another glaring concern with these electric cars is the fact that they have a significantly reduced range as opposed to their fuel counterparts. This coupled with the fact that recharge stations are far apart may be enough reason not to use these cars on longer trips. As if that is not enough, the cars entirely depend on grid connectivity. This may mean that in most countries where the electrical connectivity is not as developed, this car may not stand a chance. Unfortunately for manufacturers, these countries have a significant percentage of car buyers.

While electric cars can hold their own in comparison to the other cars, it may be an uphill task getting the masses to actually try them out mostly because of the fear of the unknown. Investing in improving areas of concern and making the cars as pocket-friendly as they are user-friendly will also help the cars gain acceptance.