Shopping for a new car can be stressful let alone confusing. Making up your mind on the car type fit for your needs and budget is a whole process and not as fun as it sounds. The downside of choosing the wrong car might turn out more costly in regards to maintenance costs and repairs.
There is a lot of information floating around and you can easily get overwhelmed in the process. Here are some of the electric cars guides.
Battery Life, Condition And Warranty
Most electric cars are installed with lithium-ion battery technology that is similar to smartphones, tablets, and laptops; the only difference is the battery is bigger and complex. That makes it more expensive contributing to higher price range for most models.
The disadvantages of the traditional lithium-ion batteries are it has a short lifespan and significant degradation with time. The good news is there is an alternative new lithium-ion chemistry that conserved energy and power. These improved batteries are eco-friendly, fire resistance, rapid charging, and long life spans.
Battery technology makers are making improvements in efficiency, energy, density, and weight. The EVs mostly come with a warranty for the first 100,000 miles the car covers, which is actually similar to fuel cars depending on the model.
Most buyers are discouraged by the electric range of Electric cars. Truth is you have very little to worry about. On average, most drivers commute between 25-50 miles in a day, making at least 2 car trips per day.
The average range an EV can cover is 80-100 miles. This simply means you can drive the car around without “anxiety range” and get home safely without being stranded or towed home.
However, you might want to reconsider if you frequently cover long distances. Luckily there are EVs like the Tesla Model S that cover up to 330miles on a single charge. If cost isn’t your biggest worry, you might consider it
Batteries in electric cars need to recharge often. When considering a purchase do your due diligence on the car and check the available EVs charging ports. This will help you identify if the port is compatible with the local public charging stations near you.
For example, EVs like the Mitsubishi 2010 I-MiEVs have a standard sing-phase charger design that facilitates slow charging. This design is not compatible with the public charging ports because of this safety interlock feature.
The speed of charging an EV depends on the strength of the port it’s plugged into and the kind of charger in use.
The main charging options are the AC and the DC. The AC is mostly used in households and is classified into the standard 110-volt outlet and 240-volt special outlets. The charging is determined with the outlet you prefer to use. Cars plugged into the normal will socket can take up to 12 hours depending on the voltage but you have the option to install a power grid that reduces the time by half.
The DC is the fastest charging method available but it is rather expensive for household consumption. On the lighter note, only EVs like the Tesla Model S, BMW 13, Renault Zoe can charge up to 80% within 30 minutes at the quick charging stations.
The EV offers a smooth ride that is quiet, calm and serene. The pure electric car makes the traditional car seem boring and ancient. The thought of dragging around a tank of stinking, combustible fuel and old-fashioned mechanical parts seem outdated.
The most interesting part of driving the car is that it requires nothing to gear up so when you accelerate it just moves. This offers a smoother ride and you use your brakes a lot less while driving. For the music lovers, playing the music in the car is a lot clearer than driving the conventional car. It is more serene due to the quiet engines.
Platforms like the android auto, car play or the mirror link technology make it possible for you to control your phone on the car’s dashboard. Some EVs have very advanced infotainment high- tech and are there to make your experience more memorable.
Interior and exterior
Most of the EVs are have enough room for adult passengers in the cabins. They also have reasonable storage spaces that can fit grocery bags and small luggage for your personal use.
The advantages of owning an electric car are they can easily be upgraded. Their firmware and software’s are designed in a way all the latest upgrades can be done. Soon the older models will have an option of improving some parts like installing onboard chargers as well as motor controller power settings.
Although this is still small upgrades, eventually, it will be possible to harbor sophisticated upgrades like complete battery changes. The combination of clever battery manager soft ware’s and battery schemes can lift off the worry out of the EV owner.
The future holds all possibility including advanced technologies making self-driving cars more accessible at an affordable price range. Although it might take a while to get the advanced systems, the manufacturers are up to the task and we have a lot to look forward too.
More affordable electric cars are being introduced and now anyone who can afford to buy a conventional car can pretty much afford an EV. This means most EV cars fall under a similar price range as the combustion engine range.
The average price for an EV is $30,000 before incentives and subsidies. The good news is the car falling below that price range is exempted from road taxes. Well, there is a wider price range to choose from in regards to your budget.
Maintenance And Efficiency
The electric motor has a less complicated engine with fewer mechanical parts than a conventional petrol/diesel. Therefore, you’ll spend less on servicing the car as opposed to the traditional engine. Charging is also cheaper than filling up fuel, whereby, a mile in an EV is four times cheaper than a mile covered by an efficient petrol vehicle.
The conventional car, on the other hand, has more parts that need constant servicing (radiators, fuel injection systems, starter motors, and exhaust systems). Maintain all the parts efficiency is costly and time-consuming.
Type (Sedan or SUV)
The term electric vehicle (EV) is commonly used to refer to three main types of automotive drivetrains. These are Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV), and Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (PHEV).
Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV): Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEV) are similar to HEVs except that the proportion of energy used to propel the vehicle is electricity, not fuel. These vehicles have larger electrical drives and battery storage capacity than HEVs and are also equipped with a smaller internal combustion engine. The vehicle is designed to engage the fuel engine when battery electricity is running low or to replace the electric drivetrains when more power is required. Since PHEVs can be recharged from an electrical outlet it is possible to drive them entirely on electrical energy
Hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV): A hybrid-electric vehicle has a two-part drive system, a conventional fuel engine, and an electric drive. HEVs contain all the components of both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles. These include an ICE engine, fuel tank, transmission as well as battery pack and electric motor. Some vehicles classified as HEV may have only a small electric motor and battery system to propel the vehicle at low speeds. Other HEVs may have smaller fuel engines and relatively larger electric drives. The degree to which the vehicle is propelled, either by fuel or electric power determines on the specific make and model of the vehicle. In all HEVs the only energy source is fuel, electrical energy is generated secondarily via alternator or regenerative braking.
Battery electric vehicle (BEV): A BEV is a pure electric vehicle in that the only source of propulsion is from electrical energy. Battery electric vehicles store electricity onboard with high-capacity battery packs. This battery power is used to run all onboard electronics as well as the main-drive electric motor(s). BEVs are powered by electricity from an external source, an electrical outlet or specialty electric vehicle charging stations.
Your top choice of electric car may be the one with the highest range, or you could be looking for the most inexpensive option. An electric vehicle can be a serious investment, and it is important to make sure that the vehicle you are purchasing has a positive review history, and is generally respected in the car industry.
Some of the brands include Tesla, BMW. Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan, Chevrolet, Ford, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Audi, Fisker, Jeep, among others.
It is important to keep in mind that a key difference between EV manufacturers can be the warranties they offer alongside their vehicles. Check out our guide to for more information on some of the differences between top electric vehicle company warranties
In general, with all the above information, you can use it to make an informed decision on how to buy electric cars and how you’ll be able to purchase the EV of your choice. Take all the basics into consideration especially the battery performance, range status and charging options in your area. That way you will be able to get a value for your money and avoid buying the wrong car.