Electric Cars are here to Stay

Hybrid cars are the next big thing. If you are looking for an economical alternative to the fossil-fuel, combustion engine, this is a choice worth looking for. Over the past several decades, manufacturers have been looking for an electric car alternative.

History of Eco-Friendly Cars
Through the 1970s and 1980s, there was very little progress made in the development of an electric car, though they tried. They weren’t commercially available but were being produced. Toyota was the first to mass-produce a hybrid car in 1997. Others quickly followed. Today, hybrid car technology has become prevalent and the results of decades of research can be seen on the streets and highways across the globe.

Though hybrids may be more costly than combustion engine vehicles, the overall price of operating is less. It costs less money to charge up a battery at a charging stations than to fill your gas tank. The Canadian National Campaign for Electric Vehicles reports that the cost for keeping an eco-friendly car energized is 90 percent less than its gasoline-powered cousin.

Benefits to Eco-Friendly Cars
There are no gasoline emissions. Carbon monoxide, the waste from burning gasoline, is deadly to humans. Without emissions, there are no emissions checks. Bonus: an electric car can reach and maintain the same speeds as the gasoline-powered alternative.

The distance one can drive when their vehicle is equipped with a lead-acid battery is 80 miles on a charge. NiMH batteries can go up to 120 miles, and lithium-ion batteries can travel 250 to 300 miles per full charge. The average mile per charge is around 100.

Maintenance Costs
It costs a lot less to maintain an electric car. There are fewer parts to repair or replace. That equates to around one-third price to maintain a hybrid car over a gasoline-powered one.

Electricity requires a power source–coal. That tells the average person they are still polluting but now indirectly. A gasoline-powered car will release around 22 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere per gallon, while equivalent use of an electric car releases 1/3, or around 7 pounds of CO2.

It certainly looks as though the choice is clear; an electric car is more environmentally friendly, less expensive to maintain, and equal in all the ways that count.