Electric cars are becoming more popular every year. The good news is that they are much more environmentally friendly than gas cars and are always cheaper to buy. The bad news is that there aren't many places to recharge them, and the charging process can be slow. In this post I want to examine three factors in passing (sticking to "pros" and "cons" seems to me an understatement). Here is the good and the bad of electric cars, as well as the convenience of owning one in today's world.
Looking at them as they are, electric cars seem to have several advantages over traditional petrol cars. One of the main reasons why electric cars are chosen is that they are much more environmentally friendly: they produce zero emissions, thus helping to reduce air pollution and fight climate change. Sure, there are other "environmental costs" to consider, but a recent study estimated that electric cars have a positive balance even in spite of the emissions created to build vehicles and batteries. And yes, even in spite of what is used to power the plants that give electricity to vehicles.
In addition to the coupon there is, the coupon will be there: Charging stations are becoming more and more common, and will make it easier and easier for people to charge their cars on the go.
You can imagine it: if there will be any coupon (the growth of charging stations) it is because this coupon is not there yet. There's a bad thing: there aren't as many charging stations as fossil fuel ones. This means that it can be difficult to find a place to charge your car on the go (although you can have more range in the opportunity to have home charging stations).
Also, charging an electric car can take a long time, sometimes even several hours - this can be an inconvenience if you're trying to get somewhere quickly.
If the good and the bad depend directly on the contingency, the practical is beautiful because it also depends on the needs of each of us. And in fact, the greater or lesser practicality of having electric cars can depend on several factors.
First of all the driving needs: do you use the car only for short journeys? Well the EVs. The current state of the infrastructure does not allow me to say the same for those who need to go a long way.
Another parameter to consider? The place where you live. And there is a positive paradox, which brings together two (apparent) opposites: those who live in modern cities can count on increasingly widespread networks of charging stations. Those who live in rural areas, on the other hand, will maximize the presence of a domestic charging station (perhaps combined with a renewable energy system).
The ecological transition is an ongoing process. More: for reasons both endogenous (the growth of renewables) and exogenous (the global geopolitical situation) it will see a future in full acceleration. For this reason, in the next few years, also driven by decidedly oriented legislation, electric vehicles will be increasingly widespread and practical to own. This will obviously affect the spread of charging infrastructures.
For now, they are preferred by those who live in modern cities or can take advantage of home charging stations. Others may have to wait a little longer before they can forget the look of an old "gas station" with its gas station face, but the ecological transition is a fact.
Good, bad, practical? Basically none of this. Just a fact.