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Pros and cons of electric

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A lot of recent car shows, the recent Detroit auto have showcased automakers’ to bring practical, fully cars to market. With one new vehicle already for sale Nissan and with others on the way Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, Mercedes and Fiat in 2011 and I thought it might be worth at some of the pros and cons of cars as they now exist.

Cheap fuel. Nissan it will cost approximately at average utility rates to its Leaf from empty to The Leaf has a range of around 100 a distance that would about $10 to drive in a compact car 30 mpg (3.33 gallons x the average gas of $3.089).

That gap will become wider if gas prices rise in the years.

Less frequent Because they don’t to deal with the heat and generated by an unending series of explosions the way combustion engines do, engines don’t need the oil and other regular maintenance conventional engines need to running. That can add up to significant over time.

Tax credits. of electric vehicles can get a significant tax from the federal government. The Leaf is eligible for a tax credit up to for example.

Cleanliness. Leaving aside the benefits, which are considerable, an car means freedom from a that can be really messy: If you’ve ever knocked an oil pan, spilled gas on yourself refueling or loaded a car up while it was and blowing exhaust all over you know oil and gas can smell, look and disgusting.

Saying goodbye to all could be a big motivator for some.

range. Current battery can’t yet match the energy in a regular old tank of unleaded. means in the near future, cars will have less range than combustion cars.

High sticker prices. The Leaf retails at $32,780 federal tax credits, $25,280 In contrast, the slightly bigger Sentra will cost you $20,000, loaded.

Plug numbers into the Bankrate loan calculator. and you see the difference in car payments with a 10 percent payment and a 48-month loan is significant: $537.05 for the Leaf vs. for the Sentra.

No used option. readers love their cars, because they can a way out of the galling depreciation new cars once they’re driven off the Unfortunately, there likely be a used inventory of electric for years.

Few independent mechanics. I spoke to a I know over the weekend, and we got on the of upsides and downsides to electric He said one major sticking of ownership would be finding an shop that would on all-electric vehicles, since the are both very different their combustion counterparts and quite rare.

That likely mean higher costs, since dealerships charge more for the same than independent shops.

existing infrastructure. It’s not to see a gas station on every corner, but I yet laid eyes on one public car Even if sales of electric take off, there be public chargers widely in most cities for years to

Expensive home chargers. you want to wait eight or more to fill up your you’ll want a high-speed installed in your home, adding thousands to your price tag.

Skimpy record. It’s still too for manufacturers and auto safety to see how electric cars react to subjected to the tremendous forces at in an auto accident.


Battery Just like the batteries in iPod or laptop, the large, batteries in an electric car will run down and become unable to a full charge. The question is, how they perform in the real under real-world weather and conditions, over the many buyers hope to own their

What do you think? Do the pros the cons, or vice versa?

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