Electric cars and hybrids are becoming more and more popular these days, and this is not only because they represent the future of technological innovations and because everyone wants to embrace that future. The drastic rise in their popularity has to do with something more – they are now a much more viable alternative to cars that run completely on gasoline.
This is exactly why their sales have spiked significantly over the past year, despite the fact that gas prices are now lower. The hybrids and electric cars sales jumped up by 60% in 2016, and that number is certain to continue to rise.
The number of electric cars and hybrids counted hundreds when they first hit the market in 2005. A decade later, that number was 1 million on the global market, and over the next year, 2016, it rose to more than 2 million, which is a significant rise over a very short period of time.
These numbers definitely speak for themselves, but why exactly have BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) gained so much momentum? What is it that makes them so much better than gas-powered vehicles? Read on to find out.
They Are Much Cheaper to Run
With electric cars, there is no need for gas at all, since they generate their own electricity, which they store inside their batteries. Therefore, you can save quite a lot of money that you would otherwise spend on gas. Simply calculate the MPG and running costs of your gas-powered car and you will get a clear insight into how much you can actually save.
With an electric vehicle, all you need to do is recharge the batteries and enjoy the ride. You can recharge them at home by plugging them into the electrical grid, or you can do so at an EV charging station on the road, as more and more of them are constantly being installed.
When it comes to hybrids, although they run on both electric power and a gas engine, they can still save you a lot of money. This is because they use their electric power at slower speeds and a gas engine only when you need more power, thus reducing fuel consumption and getting much better gas mileage. You can use the gas engine to recharge the batteries, but you can also recharge them at EV charging points.
They Need Less Maintenance
Since electric cars have fewer parts than gas-powered vehicles, they need less maintenance. Obviously, this means decreased costs, but it also means that you don’t have to worry about an oil change or replacing spark plugs – ever.
When hybrids are concerned, although they need those basic maintenance services, they are still very cost-effective, because they mainly use electric power, so they need their oil changed only after 6000 miles.
They Are Better for the Environment
Yet another reason why hybrids and 100% electric cars are selling like crazy these days is the fact that they are much better for the environment than cars running mainly on gas. Since BEVs run only on electricity, there are absolutely no gas emissions that pollute the air and contribute to global warming.
PHEVs use mainly their electric power, so they burn less fuel, which means that there is very little emission of harmful gas and toxins. Therefore, both of these car types are pretty green and definitely play a significant role in saving our planet. One of the best examples of fully electric cars is the spectacular Tesla Model X, which is incredibly environmentally-friendly and the world’s safest SUV.
As all of these facts and the numbers above show, hybrids and electric cars are yet to make their sales peak, and we can safely say that the majority of people will have them in their driveways in the near future, especially since their prices are already becoming way lower than many gas-powered cars. While we patiently continue to wait for a self-driving car to pull up in front of the house, electric cars and hybrids are the future that we fully embrace today.