Four Reasons Why Electric Vehicles Are Better Than Conventional Vehicles

Four Reasons Why Electric Vehicles Are Better Than Conventional Vehicles
04 Dec 2018

As a major factor of daily life, we rely on transportation to not only move from point A to point B, but also to transport the goods and services we use every day.

Transportation is a major energy consumer but new technologies like electric vehicles are starting to shift that dynamic. Here are five reasons why electric vehicles are better than conventional vehicles.

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  1. EVs contain copper which is a 100 percent recyclable material

We all know electric vehicles are great for the environment, but there is one material component that allows them to operate powerfully and efficiently: copper. This metal can be found in electric motors, batteries, inverters, and wiring which increases efficiency.

It is also a critical component of the electrical infrastructure needed for charging these vehicles. The increased use of copper is an asset for the environment because copper is 100 percent recyclable and uses a low amount of resources in the refining process.

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Copper’s Role in Electric Vehicles

  1. Electric vehicles save you money

Since EV purchase prices are going down, an electric vehicle can be cheaper to maintain than a conventional car. The average cost to function an EV in the United States is $485, while the average for a gas powered car is $1,117 per year. Filling up on electricity is much cheaper than filling up on gasoline, with each electric vehicle saving its owner over $770 a year.

  1. Electric vehicles have less emissions

On average, a conventional car creates more than twice as much carbon pollution as an electric vehicle. According to the Department of Energy, a power plant releases the equivalent of 4,815 pounds of CO2 per year to power an EV. When compared, an average gas powered car, produces 11,435 pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

  1. Electric vehicles save you on maintenance costs

EVs don’t need oil changes, spark plugs or timing belts, this represents a 35 percent decrease in cost over time. Electric motors also don’t require the routine maintenance their gasoline powered counterparts do. These reduced maintenance expenses can save an EV owner more than $1500 during the lifetime of a vehicle.

 

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