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Long Terms Benefits of Electric Cars

Human beings always strive for luxury and comfort in almost everything from eating

to travelling. Specifically, over the years, travelling has become very easy, comfortable and

exciting. Cars are the source of travel which mostly use fossil fuels to run their engines.

However, they have also a disadvantage that they provide highly toxic gases as a result. This

action of the engines spread pollution. Therefore, electric and hybrid cars have been

introduced to get rid of these gases and meet the shortage of fossil fuel expected to take over

the world soon. These cars have several unique features of saving energy and making

journeys comfortable (van Wee, Maat and & De Bont 96). That is why they are a preferred

source of travel now. In fact, electric and hybrid cars are not only providing benefitting in

controlling pollution, but are also proving cheaper source of travel and resolving solution of

the shortage of energy, though sometimes they seem expensive and complicating in repair.

As most of the electric and hybrid cars run on electricity powered motors, they either

emit very less toxic gases or in case of fully electric cars, such as Tesla models, no gases at

all. It is because they use very less gasoline or no gasoline. That is the reason that there is no

emission of toxic gases and other toxic elements such as carbon and carbon monoxide. They

also do not emit any smoke (Remy 7 Koning 23). This means that they do not become a

source of pollution, and ultimately keep the environment clean and healthy. This is one of the

first plus points of the electric and hybrid cars.

The second fact is that electric and hybrid cars are overall cheaper than the fossil fuel

cars. For example, hybrid cars use fossil fuel as well as electricity at the same time. They

cover more distance on fuel, or better to say their average is better than common fuel-run cars.
In the same way, electric cars do not use fuel at all. Therefore, their average is even more

better as Ben Thompson has stated in his article that though the prices of the electric cars is a

bit higher than ordinary vehicles, the manufacturers such as Tesla and Nissan are making

adjustment to bring down the prices on federal subsidies (Thompson). Overall, the prove

cheaper in the long run though at first they cost more than other fuel-run cars.

It is a fact that energy sources are depleting fast due to vast use of fossil fuels.

Therefore, the prices of gasoline and diesel are bound to increase. This increased prices have

taken major chunk of their income of the people when they run fuel-run cars. Gomez Vilchez,

Jochem Patrick and Fichtner Wolf say that if the prices of petrol and diesel are compared with

electricity, they are still higher in most of the countries. Although oil has become cheaper, this

is just a temporary decline. In the long run, these sources are becoming expensive and less (9).

Therefore, the other alternative to fuel-run transport seems to be only electric cars which are

proving a right solution of the fossil fuels.

However, it is also a fact as Thompson has stated that electric cars are very expensive

at this time. An ordinary electric car costs twice than the fuel-run counterparts. Their prices,

Thompson says range from $60,000 to $70,000 which is a hefty amount when compared to

other cars of the same capacity. The batteries and other spare parts of these cars are also very

expensive (Ben Thompson). However, it is fact that if a car more than half the price runs on

the gasoline for the next ten years, it spends almost the same amount on gasoline or diesel.

Therefore, these electric cars prove a boon. And plus points are that they do not cause any

harm to the environment and do not emit any toxic gases.


Therefore, despite having reservations on electric cars as yet, they have proven their

worth by displaying their best features. They are not only saving the environment by

spreading no pollution, they are also proving the best alternative to fossil fuels, which seem to

deplete very soon. The electric cars also save the fossil fuel which can be used for some other

important purposes. Although they are very expensive at this time, it is thought that in the

long term, they prove benefitting in every way. They will also become cheaper over the long

period of time.
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van Wee, Bert, Kees Maat, and Cees De Bont. "Improving Sustainability In Urban Areas:

Discussing The Potential For Transforming Conventional Car-Based Travel Into

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