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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- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.