Why haven’t electric cars taken off yet? 0

electric-carElectric cars come across as a wonderful futuristic type of car. They have next generation technology; they are clean for the environment, are very smooth and save you money on running costs. But after so long, why are they so expensive to buy in the first place?

A new electric car can cost up to twice as much when compared its diesel and petrol counterparts. When considered cases of when the battery is purchased outright, the price of a car can be up to 80% more.

Grants not as good as they may seem

A Government grant is available to help pay for an electric vehicle. However even then, they can still be very expensive. Even then, the grant scheme has criteria which must be adhered too. This states things such as when purchasing an electric vehicle, they must have a range of at least 70 miles and must be able to reach a speed of 60 MPH. There are other clauses too.

Range anxiety

One problem with electric cars is the fear of losing power on the road. With the electricity only lasting for a certain number of miles when driving at a certain speed, it can be uncomfortable for the driver and their peace of mind. It’s not a petrol or diesel car, where there are plenty of options to refuel everywhere you turn. Long distance journeys are really not desirable.

The Renault Twizy

The Renault Twizy is one of the cheapest options and is perhaps the most fun to drive. It doesn’t qualify for the £5,000 subsidy from the Government however. The car also has very little practicality with only two seats and very little luggage space. Being such a small vehicle, it lacks the security a normal size one.

Even when the car is fully recharged, it can take up to eight hours. So is it really worth charging your car for six to eight hours and spending just one or two hours on the road?

The Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf can allegedly drive over 109 miles based upon a single charge, when traveling at a sensible speed, according to Nissan themselves. That is quite a fair distance for an electric car, but it is unlikely to be 109 miles every time. The battery comes without a lease charge, which may seem like a good deal at first. But that will mean more maintenance costs, so replacing the battery itself will be a huge sum of money.

The Renault Fluence

One of the better electric cars on sale at the moment is the Renault Fluence saloon. The vehicle is perfect for families with plenty of space. Five people are able to fit and able to sit in comfort. It is able to achieve a driving distance of 90 miles on full charge. The Fluence is certainly a lot more in terms of value for money when compared to Nissan.

Renault offers another electric car by the name of Zoe. This particular electric car is impressively able to reach 100 miles.

Will electric companies take advantage?

The price of fuel has driven some motorists off the road, with oil prices on the rise. Who is to say that the same won’t happen to electricity? With the scenario of electric cars taking off, this could be a possibility.

The cost of research and development of electric vehicles has been passed on to the price tag. The technology is so advanced is still at its early stages. Only when the technology takes off and more electric vehicles are sold will the cost of electric cars come down.

It may seem that when considering the pros and cons of an electric car, the cons outweigh the pros.