After a brief stint in late 19th century and early 20th century, electric cars are back in the market with a bang. Their resurfacing can be partly attributed to the fact that gasoline-powered cars have come under the scanner for their tendency to pollute the environment and partly to the rising price of oil over the last few years.
The electric cars in production today do seem a lot better than their predecessors, but are they ready to take on their gasoline counterparts? Do they really stand any chance? The only way to find out, is to carry out a head-to-head comparison of the two.
Gasoline cars burn fossil fuels to generate power and thus, contribute to environmental pollution. The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide―a by-product of internal combustion engine, has increased manifold over the last few years and the rising number of gas-powered cars has an important role to play in this.
Even though electric cars boast of several benefits, there do exist some drawbacks. Among the numerous limitations, their hefty price happens to be one of the most important factors. Owing to high production cost of these vehicles and the additional lithium-ion battery set, the few models that are available in the market are also priced high.
Similarly, the absence of public charging facilities also makes journeys a bit risky. Critics are of the opinion that calling them environment-friendly is not correct, as they are also dependent on electricity, which, in turn, is produced by burning coal. Similarly, the production of batteries that are used in these vehicles comes heavy on the environment.
The cars in production today are much more efficient as compared to those of the yesteryears and there is no questioning the fact that they will continue to become better with time. It wouldn't be surprising to see an electric car which is more efficient and sleeker than the ones in production today some time in the near future.
As for the difference in their cost, government is trying their best to promote the sales of such environment-friendly cars by offering tax rebates, which brings their price down by a significant extent.