Does an electric car bring advantages? And if so, which ones? If you're looking for answers to these questions, you've come to the right place! E-bikes, e-scooters - electromobility is really taking off - and more and more people are also thinking about replacing their diesel or gasoline engine with an e-car. But before making the final decision, it's first important to find out something: why might the purchase of an electric car make sense?
With this article I would like to give you the answer to this question - and all the advantages of electric cars. Of course, during the article I will also talk about possible disadvantages. Let's go!
In advance, here is a brief overview of the motives for buying an e-car:
- Driving with renewable energies
- Electric cars are quiet and do not stink
- State-subsidized purchase
- More favorable use
- Refuel at home
- Longer life
- Energy generation through braking
- Growing variety of vehicle types
- No fear of driving bans
- Great development potential
1. driving with renewable energies
While gasoline or diesel only with limited, natural resources (about 24 liters of gasoline and about 21 liters of diesel are refined₁ from 100 liters of crude oil) work, electric cars can also run on electricity generated from renewable, unlimited sources, like Wind power, solar power or hydropower, is the source. Ideally, you can even generate the electricity yourself, for example by means of a PV system on the roof.
The production of rechargeable batteries for e-cars also pollutes the environment - but the electricity that drives them can be used without any problems. produced in the surrounding area while crude oil has to be transported thousands of kilometers and processed into gasoline and diesel in elaborate processes.
2. electric cars are quiet and do not stink
The e-drive allows the electric car to drive with absolutely no emissions, which is why its use compared to a car with an internal combustion engine is accordingly more climate-, air- and thus also health-friendly is. The odor and noise pollution are typical criticisms of gasoline and diesel engines. Anyone who lives in the immediate vicinity of a busy road knows what I'm talking about.
The Stromer therefore has the advantage of reducing traffic noise and the Significantly reduce air pollution.
3. state-subsidized acquisition
The acquisition costs for e-cars are currently still somewhat higher, for example due to the still lower production figures compared to the combustion engine. Fortunately, industry and the state are promoting the purchase of purely electric cars and also hybrid vehicles through an environmental bonus. The Innovation premium is up to 9000 euro and makes the decision for an environmentally friendly car much easier.
Tip: Not only the purchase of the car itself, but also, for example, the Wallbox to charge your car at your home, is KfW-eligible.
4. more favorable use
Besides the government subsidies, what else speaks in favor of buying an electric car? Definitely that through often lower insurance premiums, a lower tax burden (lower or no vehicle tax, more costs tax deductible), Rarer repairs thanks to fewer wearing parts and often also free parking with free electricity, the cost of use is also much more bearable.
5. you can refuel at home
I have a house and find it particularly great that I can simply "fill up" or charge my car at my home. So there's no need for the stressful refueling in the morning before going to work, for example, with a Stromer. The Wallbox even charges the car in such a way that you, as the consumer, benefit from the lowest possible electricity prices. If it is green electricity or even generated by your own PV system, all the better. This way Save money sustainably and protect the environment.
6. longer life
The engine of an e-car has the advantage over internal combustion engines of being fairly uncomplicated and consisting of only a few parts. Fewer wear parts, such as timing belts and gearboxes, automatically also mean less need for repair and less wear.
If a Stromer has a weak point in this respect, it is certainly the Battery runtime. At present, an average service life of eight to ten years is assumed before it needs to be replaced.₂ However, even this period will be extended by advancing technical developments.
7. energy generation through braking
Fortunately, electric motors are suitable for Conversion of kinetic energy back into electrical energy. Many e-cars can be replaced by the regenerative braking (recuperation)For example, by braking and driving downhill, energy is returned to the accumulator and used to charge the vehicle.
Notice: The motor of electric vehicles has a high efficiency and is generally very powerful. The possible maximum power of the battery ultimately determines how powerful the car is.
8. growing variety of vehicle types
Of course, the choice for consumers is still somewhat larger among the internal-combustion vehicles. But electric cars haven't been around that long to cast doubt on the smaller model range. The variety of vehicle types among e-cars has actually already grown rapidly. From Small car to sedan, from Off-road vehicle to crossover, from Sports car to van - Basically every type of vehicle is now available from at least one car brand in the electric version.
For example, the Deutsche Post relies on electric transporters for its fleet - it even manufactures its Streetscooter itself. And all-electric CUVs like the Hyundai IONIQ 5 can even be charged to 80 percent in 20 minutes at fast-charging stations. So each vehicle type brings its own unique electric car advantages.
9. no fear of driving bans
Mobility is undergoing a sustainable transformation and plays an important role in solving the biggest environmental problems of our time. Accordingly, the Pollutant limits in the cities and the limits for permissible exhaust emissions generally tightened further.
Driving bans on older models with internal combustion engines in inner cities have already been pronounced - no one knows what the future will bring. But what is certain is that with zero-emission electric cars, there is no need to fear such bans.
10. great development potential
Today's electromobility can already be seen - and is nevertheless more or less in its infancy. This is one of the reasons why the supposed disadvantages, such as a still insufficient charging infrastructure or a still comparatively low range, are among the most frequently cited criticisms of e-cars.
But technical progress will ensure that these problems also become advantages over the years. With increasing purchase volumes and new production facilities, the prices for e-cars will ultimately also fall - and in turn have a positive effect on the growing sales figures, which will ultimately also accelerate the development of the electric-friendly infrastructure.
The development potential is incredibly large - and therefore also another advantage of electric cars over Gasoline and diesel vehicles, whose technologies are already highly developed.
Electric cars: few disadvantages, enormous potential!
So why should you buy an electric car? As you have learned today, there are mainly environmental, technological, financial and health reasons. Electric vehicles are odorless, quiet and emission-free. Charging works both at home and on the road - and costly and often unexpected repairs are kept to a minimum. What's more, government subsidies provide additional incentives for buying a car with an electric drive.
I hope that today I was able to give you the most important electric car benefits. Do you have any questions, tips or other benefits that you would like to share? Then I look forward to your comments.
PS: Maybe you still hesitate a little bit with the change. No problem. At sustainable driving you can now find out how you can travel in a fundamentally more environmentally friendly way, regardless of the vehicle's drive system. Have fun!
₁ Quarks, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne: Diesel and gasoline - what is fuel made of? (as of 07/11/2020), available at https://www.quarks.de/technik/mobilitaet/diesel-und-benzin-woraus-besteht-kraftstoff. [21.02.2022]
₂ Irene Wallner: Electric car battery life: How long will my e-car last?(as of 11.11.2021), available at https://www.carwow.de/ratgeber/elektroauto/elektroauto-akku-haltbarkeit-wie-lange-haelt-mein-e-auto. [21.02.2022].