TodayApril 15, 2022

A Reality Check On The Concept Of Electric Cars

Electric cars are a big talking point across the globe right now. All of the major car manufacturers focus on them as the hot topic that they are right now. The subject is significant that it is in Australia’s election debates right now. Frankly, we can all agree that the progress made in this arena is a massive breakthrough for humanity and protecting the planet.

However, nothing in this life is perfect. As such, it’s essential to paint a more accurate picture of the situation, especially if you’re a consumer. Given that it’s been just over a decade since the EV scene exploded once more, now is the perfect time to take stock of where we are.

Electric Cars Are More Affordable, But Not Cheap.

The technologies used in the field of electric cars, including hybrids, are light years better than the last time the car companies killed the electric car. Meanwhile, several manufacturers have agreed on collaborative partnerships with other companies. Those two features have made electric cars cheaper, but they are still more expensive than gasoline and diesel counterparts.

As such, while the industry has grown rapidly, it hasn’t matched the forecasts. One saving grace is that used cars will provide eco-conscious drivers with further opportunities. Still, if you think that the idea of driving electric vehicles is open to all, you’re sorely mistaken.

Electric Cars Are Safe, But Not Invincible

Most of the electric cars on the market are achieving top marks at NHTSA testing. The fact that they are new vehicles employing the latest technology is part of the reason. Likewise, specialized testing for battery cleanups does have a positive impact on overall safety. Firefighters know how to clean up electric cars.

However, you cannot expect to be completely safe behind the wheel. Reckless driving will lead to accidents while you are also reliant on other road users. Just because you are driving an electric car does not mean you are driving an autonomous vehicle. Car accident injury lawyers are still in high demand. Any EV driver that things they’re invulnerable should think again.

Electric Cars Are Comfortable, But Can Still Improve

Electric cars are becoming increasingly impressive by the year. The performance of the Jaguar I-Pace at various award shows in recent times underline those improvements. Meanwhile, the average EV vehicle is now closer to the comfort and performance of traditional cars than ever before.

Nonetheless, it would be very foolish to think that electric cars don’t have a long way to go. While the interior cabin features and infotainment systems are high-end, the handling and comfort of drive can improve. While the best EV models have it right, most are still some way behind.

Electric Cars Are A Part Of The Future, But Not All Of It

Electric car sales are set to keep growing, and the EV market should claim a more significant market share. However, it’s also worth remembering that concepts like driverless cars are equally hot topics. EVs will continue to be a notable future feature as progress, but thoughts that everyone will own one are inaccurate.

Besides, millions of drivers will continue to drive their gas fuelled vehicles. So, if you think that all fuel stations will turn into electric car chargers over the coming years, you may be disappointed. This is an exciting time for the EV market, but realistic expectations are key.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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