Fuel Cars Vs. Electric Cars

Posted on 09 July 2013 by Tony Santos

fuel vs electricUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you won’t have missed the fact that our world’s environmental climate is in turmoil. The media, environmental and government agencies are all continually stressing the importance of all doing our bit for the environment in order to try and benefit it positively in any way that we can.

But, aside from encouraging us to separate our plastics from our cardboard when we throw out the rubbish each week, one of the biggest lifestyle choices they’re trying to influence us to change lies with our everyday transportation methods.

Now, as an avid reader of AutoGeeze, it’s more than likely that you’re a super car fanatic, so trading in your drives for public transport feels easier said than done.

But there is an alternative for those who may be starting to feel a little environmentally-guilty but enjoy the thrills of motoring too much to fully give it up each day – the electric car.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; you’re not quite convinced with it all, right? After all, there’s that huge stereotype lingering around that electric cars are all function and no style – and let’s face it, you like style – especially when it comes to your motor.

Well, whether you’re starting to think about trading in your old motor for a new one or whether you’ve vowed to make a few more environmentally-friendly decisions in the future, here’s a rundown of the battle between fuel vs. electric cars to help you make that all-important informed decision when the time comes to do either:

Pricing

One of the most common misconceptions of environmentally friendly electric cars is that they are overpriced and expensive. However, contrary to this belief, the price of electric cars have in fact decreased considerably since their first introduction into the mainstream motoring world – which as a result, has seen them surge in popularity amongst car owners.

If you’re looking for a little, nippy motor to get you from A to B everyday, then a basic model electric vehicle will set you back between $10k – $15k.

This is perhaps the only similarity that the two types of car maintain, as standard fuel-operated vehicles are usually also in the same price range.

Operation Costs

Before I start divulging in the differences between operational costs for fuel and electric vehicles, let me ask you one question; how much do you spend on fuel a week?

If you’re anything like me, then you’ll feel like you’re forever at the fuel station – and even more so, your bank account feels like it, too. And unfortunately, that’s not going to change anytime soon. With buying fuel just an ongoing weekly process and with prices always on the rise, your fuel car is just a money-draining machine.

So, with this in mind, it won’t take genius to work out that opting for an electric vehicle may just save you money in this area.

As electric vehicles don’t rely on fuel to operate (surprise, surprise – they rely solely on electricity), they are much cheaper to run. In fact, an average sized electric car only costs $0.010 per mile to operate – so as well as saving the environment, it’s also saving your bank balance too!

Another key benefit of electric cars is that they have very low maintenance costs, due to the newer and higher quality parts used to build them. Electric cars have very few moving parts compared to conventional fuel cars, and as they don’t need things like engine oil to help them keep running, they are much less likely to need break down or need frequent replacing.
Performance

So, as an avid petrol head, it’s likely that you’ll be up to scratch on all of the most exciting super performance car models out on the market at the moment – and chances are, they’re all fuel operated, right?

Although the range of electric performance cars is becoming increasingly advanced as they rise in popularity, it can’t be denied that if you’re looking for an ultimate performance vehicle than opting for a fuel car is definitely still the way to go.

However, there is one clear advantage to electric cars not being specifically designed for performance purposes; and that’s to do with insurance. Many insurance providers recognize that electric cars aren’t performance vehicles due to their inability to go high top speeds. As the risk profile for the driver is automatically reduced because of this factor, car insurance quotes to work out much cheaper.

Final Fuel for Thought

All in all, there has been much a debate surrounding who wins the fully charged fuel vs. electric car debate. Insurance companies, drivers and car enthusiasts are all passionate about the topic, but the only way to make an informed decision is to research and look thoroughly into what’s best for you personally – taking a look at a car insurance blog online or buying an expert car guide, for example, are some of the best ways to gain multiple perspectives.

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