There are plenty of reasons to switch over to an electric vehicle. Whether you love new technology, hate paying for gas, or something else, there’s an EV for everyone. Even pickup truck lovers will be satisfied with the new lineup of pickups available now and coming soon. However, like everything, there are pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle in 2022.
Fully electric vehicle technology
Battery electric vehicles are efficient, and most can drive over 200 miles per charge. However, driving long distances will require planning ahead. You’ll need to know the location of charging stations along your route if you’re traveling thousands of miles. Additionally, EVs use battery packs to power electric motors, ditching the internal combustion engine altogether. As a result, it’ll be eight to 10 hours before most EVs are fully charged using Level 2 chargers when the battery is almost depleted.
Pros of owning an electric vehicle in 2022
Firstly, it’s cheaper to charge an EV than purchase gas for the most part. Especially in 2022, gasoline is costly and reached an all-time high average price across the US. That’s why using a bit of electricity is much more affordable right now. Next, recharging at home is superior because of its significant convenience over gas station visits. Don’t you hate needing to plan a stop at the gas station around your next commute or trip to the store? Plugging your electric vehicle in at home overnight eliminates that problem.
Next, EVs use fewer and simpler components, making them cheaper to maintain. ICE vehicles are complicated and filled with parts that can break at any time. EVs reduce the number of things that can go wrong and therefore save you money. In addition, obvious benefits are the elimination of tailpipe emissions and the silent ride. No more loud, annoying engine sounds from a truck or large SUV. Instead, drivers can ride with only the sound of music inside the cabin and zero pollution in the air.
Finally, Consumer Reports noted that acceleration is a huge pro of owning an electric vehicle. Most EVs in 2022 provide instant power to the electric motor(s), giving them swift acceleration, high speeds, and a fun driving experience.
Cons of owning an electric vehicle in 2022
Firstly, as of the current model year, EVs are very expensive. While some are already more affordable than a few years ago, we don’t have any comparable to a $20,000 Toyota Corolla yet. For example, the new GMC Hummer EV will cost you six figures at the least. Next, long-distance travel becomes a chore because of route planning. Drivers need to know where and when to stop along the way, or they’ll run out of battery power. Luckily, automakers are beginning to provide charging stations and smartphone applications, allowing you to find the nearest station at any time.
Another problem for many EV owners is the ability to charge their cars. Suppose you live in a multi-unit dwelling or only have street parking nearby your home; good luck charging an electric vehicle. In addition, charging can take hours, especially without DC fast charging capability. However, even with DC fast charging, it can take 30 to 60 minutes to charge most models fully.
Finally, like with regular car batteries, the temperature has an impact. The driving range can be reduced because of very high or low temperatures for electric vehicles. As a result, it’s difficult for people who live in the far north or south to justify owning an EV if owners must keep it outside.
Pros and cons of owning an EV
As of 2022, there are many pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle. It’s certainly not for everyone, and that’s fine. Until technology advances a bit more, some consumers won’t find reduced maintenance and gas prices desirable enough to outweigh long-distance travel troubles and finding a place to charge. However, improvements are being made daily, and pretty soon, there will be an electric vehicle for everyone.