How are electric cars more economical than conventional cars?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 15, 2020 04:52 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 15, 2020 04:52 AM

I have to ask… “more economical…” to what?

To purchase? They aren’t. At least not new. Used EVs can be tremendously economical to purchase. But new? Probably not.

To operate? Hugely more economical. They have roughly 1/100th the number of moving parts. They are about 4–5 times more efficient at using their fuel. The fuel is about 1/3 the price. And maintenance is just a tiny fraction of what the 20th century gas car is famous for.

To own? Depends how long you own it. Owners save enormous amounts of money every year on operating costs. That may or may not offset the higher purchase price dependent the term of ownership.

A lot of EV owners aren’t making their decision to purchase based on costs. I didn’t buy my car because it is cheaper than another car. It doesn’t cost less. I bought it because everything about EV is better than gas in my situation. And the dead American sons, daughters, soldiers, and all the civilian casualties across the globe and the oil wars and corruption from the USA Bush/Chaney years all the way to today, really piss me off. The lack of homicide charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster piss me off. The XL pipeline that will create 38 permanent US jobs but endanger native lands and American groundwater aquifers for no real reason other than corporate influence at the highest levels of US government, really piss me off.

I drive 23,000 miles a year. And I drive a Tesla. Fuck ’em. Big oil that is. Just fuck ’em.

There are environmentalists in the EV camp, and I am thrilled about that. There are performance enthusiasts in this camp. Love them too. And there are the pissed off folks like me who are willing to spend big dollars to say fuck ’em.

Oh…and electric is just, in every way, better. And the tech in Tesla is mind boggling.

I invite everyone I talk to, to join me in saying fuck ’em. If you do, then it doesn’t matter if it is more economical.

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