The negative aspects of electric vehicles, and how they can be solved

Maksut Gavaz

Maksut Gavaz

Electric vehicles have become much more mainstream than ever since Tesla gave people a real reason to buy them. Since cars produce a lot of carbon emissions that are emitted in our natural atmosphere, electric cars’ designers build these vehicles to positively help the environment.

 Even though huge improvements have been made on EV technology, since the first versions of EV’s were far from perfect, some negative aspects still exist that prevent it from being the perfect alternative to fuel consuming cars. Here we’ve pointed out those negative aspects and given some advice on how we can overcome them in the future.

Often the positive aspects of driving electric vehicles overshadow the negative sides, but we think it is quite necessary to know them too, so they can be improved over time. One of the few is that Electric cars have a shorter range than gas-powered cars. While many  electric cars can get a range between 100 and 200 miles, there are some exceptions in recent years. For instance the newest  Tesla models can reach over 250 miles on a full charge. Nevertheless, this creates a barrier to anyone who wants to take a long road trip. 

Some ways in which you can improve this aspect , while waiting for greater battery technology, is to choose a bigger battery before buying your electric car and decrease your speed.

We know that filling up a fuel tank doesn’t take more than five minutes, but this, unfortunately, is not the case with electric vehicles. Depending on car type and battery size, it can take upwards of  20 hours to get a full charge on a battery pack. While mentioning charging stations, it is important to mention that it can be quite challenging to find one. If you lack a charging station in your garage or if you’re driving through rural areas, this creates a big issue to fulfill your electric car enthusiasm. Some ways in which you can extend your EV battery life are: minimizing exposure to high and low temperatures, avoiding usage of fast charging and minimizing your time spent at 0% state of charge.

The fourth disadvantage of electric vehicles is their silence, which at first seems like a good thing but when looking at traffic safety poses a big prolem. Furthermore, this problem is harder to improve by the drivers themselves. Electric cars are silent and they don’t offer the sound by which people orient themselves if someone is coming from behind them.

Carbuzz offered an interesting solution to this problem, whicht is creating a fake engine noise, which can be turned off, by choice.

In spite of the fact that electric cars don’t release exhaust fumes, they do contain batteries that can emit toxic fumes. The electricity that is applied to power electric vehicles is generated from non-renewable energy sources, which, contradictory, can have negative effects on our health and the environment. So, if you want to have the biggest impact on ecology, maybe you could look into alternatives to owning a car and especially car sharing.

We understand that everything that is yet evolving cannot be perfect but it is still important to mention these issues of EV’s. As huge technology fanatics, we look forward to seeing how electric cars will improve in the following years, especially because more car manufacturers are now committed to all-electric vehicles. And like Elon Musk stated “In order to have clean air in cities, you have to go electric.” we cannot expect this to go in a different direction.

What do you think, how long will it take us to move to fully electric? Are you even a fan of electric cars? Let us know in the comments and follow us for more news in the latest developments in technology! 

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