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Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment

The environment is now a constant subject of talk, and the reasons are humans. We having been taking things for granted and now they are coming to bite us in the back. Just a few decades earlier, we were only focused on moving forward and innovating things to better suit and improve our lifestyles. 

Transport is one such field in which we have been innovating for more than 100 years now. We never knew it could cause such disruptions in the environment and now we have to adjust ourselves. We have to accept the fact that gasoline cars are harmful to the environment. This makes them harmful for us, and we have to make changes soon.

One possible solution is moving to electric cars and it will be a solution only if everything is done right. Let’s look at why we are shifting and why electric cars can solve problems caused by conventional cars. 

Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment?

Electric cars are a simple concept. They have electricity stored in their batteries and this electricity powers the motor that run the wheels of the car. It is like a remote-control car just big enough for people to travel in. But gasoline cars are more complicated to run, they have an engine that produces energy by burning fuel, this energy is used to run the vehicle.

The difference in technology is the reason for all the fuss and debates. Since electric cars don’t burn fuel, they don’t emit any gases. On the contrary, traditional gasoline cars still do.

So obviously you might think that electric cars are better for the environment. It’s not always the case, and I will explain in detail if electric cars are actually better for the environment or if they do cause significant damage to the environment. 

Benefits of Electric Cars

Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment?

Electric cars have benefits and some of these are why they are the future of the automobile industry. They are: 

  • Reduced Environmental Impact: This is the most important benefit an electric car or vehicle has. They are green vehicles and they help the environment, at least they don’t damage as much as gasoline-based vehicles. They are environmentally friendly because they don’t burn fuel to run and this means no emission of greenhouse gases.

Greenhouses gases trap heat in the atmosphere and this increases the temperature of our planet. This also affects the climate and hence the names Global Warming and Climate Change. Electric cars are some of the technologies to fight against them.  

  • Electric cars have a lower carbon footprint over their lifetime compared to gasoline cars in almost 95% of the world. Only countries that are fully dependent on non-renewable sources of energy, they can have a worse impact on the environment. But countries are moving towards cleaner greener sources of electricity. This makes electric cars only better to drive and have a lower impact on the environment.  
  • Reduced Noise Pollution: Electric cars run almost silent. There is no engine and so there are no pistons being pumped or fuel being burnt. Electric cars also have very few moving parts and this allows for silent operation. This can help in noise pollution in crowded cities which can a positive impact on the mental health of the public. 

Most states are moving toward renewable and sustainable sources of energy for the production of their electricity and this helps on the long run as charging an electric car in these states will be completely Eco-friendly rather than those that depend on fossil fuel for generation of their electricity.

Disadvantages of E-Cars: Do the Pros Really Make up for the Cons? 

Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment?

The main disadvantage, for now, is that they are costlier than gasoline cars. This makes them a hard sell for customers on a budget. Apart from this, electric cars do cause a certain amount of damage to the environment during their lifetimes.

  • Electric cars don’t emit any greenhouse gases while running so this makes the zero-emission vehicles. But they do cause emissions when they are being produced and this emission can be up to 68% more than when gasoline cars are produced.
  • Electric cars can also be a source of emissions depending on the source of their electricity. For example, if the source of electricity for an electric is from a coal power plant. The emissions during the production of electricity fall on the back of electric cars.
  • Electric cars are also not always clean and this I have explained above. It doesn’t make sense to buy an electric car in a region where electricity is exclusively produced from nonrenewable sources. In this such regions, gasoline cars are better alternatives because of the high emissions during the production of electric cars. 

All this may seem like that electric cars are no better than gasoline cars but that’s not true. The significant damage caused by electric cars is primarily during the initial phase of their lives and this can be changed by adopting cleaner energy sources for both the manufacturing and maintenance of electric cars.

Regulating Electric Cars

Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment

Policies, incentives and regulation have been introduced by the government in the hopes of speeding up the electric vehicle adoption process. Both the state and the federal government have different policies to help this change: 

Federal

Owners can avail tax credits of $2500-$7,500 for electric vehicles depending on the battery capacity. This was established by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Converting conventional gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles by retrofitting kits can provide you with up to $4000 for one vehicle. 

New Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) encourages the adoption of electric drive technologies. Cars and light trucks from 2012 onward need to have 16% greater fuel economy than 25.5 mpg of the previous year under stricter CAFE standards. CAFE also requires 33% greater fuel economy for vehicles from 2016 over 2011 vehicles. This increases pressure on automobile manufacturers to move to Hybrid and electric vehicle technologies sooner. 

State

At least 47 US states including the District of Columbia have set up regulations to promote electric vehicle usage. And 40 of these 47 states provide tax benefits/rebates for purchases if Hybrid/Electric Vehicles. The district of Columbia along with 13 other states are adopting clear air standards similar to the likes of California. This would need automobile manufactures to reduce greenhouse vehicles by 30%. This would help innovation and adoption of electric vehicles. 

As of now, these regulations and policies are an urge to make manufacturers and consumers move to electric vehicles as soon as possible. These restrictions make manufacturers sell at least some zero-emission vehicles for them to meet the standards. Policies like giving tax credits are not going to stay on forever as EVs are becoming more cost-competitive. Universal electrification of roads still has a lot of challenges. These include issues like vehicle licensing, taxation, charging standards and management of grid demand.  

The Future of Electric Cars 

Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment

The future is bright for electric cars, with various innovations in battery technology and production of the vehicles. This will bring down the costs further and that is a win for the consumer.

Better production yields and battery technology will help the fight against climate change. Electric cars are slowly going to phase out conventional gasoline-based vehicles. Hybrid vehicles may still be a thing, because of their lower emissions and better fuel efficiency when compared to conventional cars. 

The future will make electric cars affordable and more environmentally friendly. They might probably be the only cars running.

For now, there’s still a lot of development and even regulations required. All the players in the industry need to work together. The government, the manufacturers and consumers have to work towards the dream of an electric future come true.

Conclusion

I feel that electric cars make up for their shortcomings, except for in some niche cases like in Poland where the country exclusively depends on fossil fuel energy. I also think that in the future, the current disadvantages will be diminished because of better technologies, production and the shift to cleaner greener energy.

Only time will tell if electric cars are better for the environment, as of now they are good enough to bring about a change but there are a few issues that still have to be addressed and will take time to be implemented.

Till then we can resort to either hybrid cars or start off with an electric car and hope the changes kick in faster than we anticipated.

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Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

In a world where many are concerned if they are doing the right thing to save the environment from global warming. Electric vehicles sure do look very compelling and recently electric scooters and bicycles are increasing in popularity, the reason being they are quick, fun, easy and convenient to ride.

If you are thinking of picking either if the one but are confused, you are at the right place. I will take you through the comparison between Electric Scooters and Bicycles to see which one is a better mode of transportation.

This should hopefully help you decide on whether you should opt for an Electric Scooter or a Bicycle this year!

Electric ScooterBicycle
CostFew Hundred Dollars to a couple of Thousand dollarsFew Hundred Dollars to a couple of Thousand dollars
ComfortStanding position, less comfortableComfortable ride with large tires and a soft seat
StabilityNot stableStable, can be ridden with one  hand
PortabilityPortable, can fit in small places, light-weight, easy to carryNot easy to carry, not so portable
StorageCan be folded and easily storedOnly few models can be folded, others will require a bit of space for storage
Ease of UseMuch easier to useEasy to use but not convenient for short people
Riding RangeShort DistancesLonger Distances
SpeedSpeed is Capped based on Governmental Rules and RegulationsSpeed is Capped based on Governmental Rules and Regulations
SafetySafest forms of Micro-MobilitySafe but with a few hiccups
MaintenanceCheaper to MaintainSlightly more expensive
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Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Both electric scooters and bicycles are great modes of transportation, but as with any product they do come with their own little set of advantages and disadvantages. Both these great modes of transportation are environment-friendly and won’t cost a bomb to own.

So without further adieu, let’s get into the comparison between Electric Scooters and Bicycles to ultimately see which one is a better option.

Remember, they are amazing travel companions in their own regard so read on to find out what’s right for you. 

Cost 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

There are two ways you can use an electric scooter or bicycle, either by buying one of them or using a bicycle share or scooter share service. 

When buying either one of them, it’s hard to compare because the prices of both starts from a few hundred dollars and can even go up to a few thousand dollars. Regardless you’ll be getting what you pay for, both have good models to offer at reasonable prices.   

If you are planning on using sharing services, prices can be all over the place, as they keep changing every now and then. But on average scooter sharing services are costlier than bicycle-sharing services. There is one exception though when riding for short distances scooter-share apps are cheaper. 

Verdict: Tie

Comfort 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Scooters have small tires and poor suspension systems, which make them bumpy to ride on. Depending on the terrain online scooters can vary from comfortable to extremely uncomfortable to ride on. You can feel the bumps through your spine, even to your hands. With the small wheels on an electric scooter, there is the risk of tipping over because of the potholes.  

Bicycles on the other hand have bigger wheels and better suspension, which makes them comfortable to ride on rough terrains. Even poorly made bicycles, without good suspension systems are more comfortable to ride than scooters. Also, you can sit on a bicycle which is always better than standing. 

Verdict: Bicycles are more comfortable to ride

Stability 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Stability is clearly a plus point for bicycles. They are bigger, have better ergonomics, and the amount of control you have over them is far more than what you have over an electric scooter. The bigger wheels again help with stability as pothole or bumps won’t throw you off.

The small wheels of an electric scooter can get stuck in potholes, which may lead to an accident if you are not experienced enough. Bicycles can also be easy to ride with one hand, which is extremely hard with electric scooters. So, if you want to signal some other vehicle with one hand, it is extremely hard to do on an electric scooter.

It is also easier to handle a bicycle at higher speeds compared to scooters.  

Verdict: Bicycles are more stable to handle and ride

Portability 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

This is a no brainer and electric scooters trump electric bicycles in this regard.

While an bicycle is easy to store, it’s not so portable. You can fold electric scooters and carry them with you in between longer commutes on a bus a or train. This makes electric scooters very potable, you can also store them in small spaces, like in a locker or under a desk at your workplace.

Electric scooters also weigh less, making them easy to carry around. In the case of a repair, or a flat tire, it can be frustrating to push around the bike to a repair center. You can just fold and carry your electric scooter if you’re faced with such a situation.  

Verdict: Electric Scooters are portable; Bicycles are not.

Storage 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

The small size of electric scooters is a disadvantage to them when it comes to carrying things on them.

Bicycles are very efficient in this regard as you can carry a lot of stuff on them without affecting your balance. Bicycles also come with the option of having storage compartments like baskets for easy carrying of your things.

You can always hang stuff from the handles of the scooter but you’ll have to balance both sides so it doesn’t become an inconvenience.  

Verdict: Electric Scooters can be stored easily anywhere in the house

Ease of use 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

If you picking you either a scooter or a bicycle after not using them for a while, it is always easier to ride the scooter as you don’t have to adjust anything. In the case of a bicycle, you’ll have to adjust the height of the seat, or at least you’ll have to get adjusted to it.

Scooters are also more convenient for shorter people. This may be a factor overlooked by many, but when buying or using something, it is best to make sure that you feel most comfortable with the product.  

Verdict: Electric Scooters are easier to use than Bicycles

Range 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Easy to pick one here, it’s always the bicycle. Electric scooters have decent range nowadays but they are still lower compared to bicycles. This is because bicycles are designed to cover larger distances.

Electric scooters are designed to be lightweight and portable, and so they have smaller batteries. Another advantage of bicycles over scooters is that they have the option to run by pedaling. So, in the case of longer trips, you can just pedal if you run out of battery. 

Electric bicycles have 3 modes, fully automatic, semi-automatic and manual.

  • With fully automatic, it runs only on the battery, while you have to do nothing but control it.
  • Semi-automatic gives you a higher range by allowing you to pedal while using battery power to put less strain on your legs.
  • Manual is using the bicycle in a traditional fashion; you pedal and it will run.

This greater range of options makes the electric bicycle a better companion over a long distance. While you can push your electric scooter around, you’ll be either embarrassed or burnt out in a few minutes because it’s hard.  

Verdict: Electric Bicycles can cover longer distances than Electric Scooters

Speed 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Both electric bicycles and scooters can hit decent speeds, but because of rules and laws, they have a speed limits. They are capped at 20mph mostly, and this is fine for the general commute but if you are in a hurry you can’t go as fast as you want.

Bicycles are also generally the faster of the two or at least have a higher speed limit. High-end scooters can run faster than 30 mph, and some powerful bicycles can go up to 50 mph. But safety and traffic regulations don’t allow you to do so. 

Verdict: Tie

Safety 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Electric scooters have safety concerns in the sense, they are not as stable as bicycles, or comfortable enough to ride. This can be a problem as you can fall off easily or have a higher chance of having an accident. But they are also easy to get off, if you are in the course for a crash or collision, you can just get off the scooter easily and save yourself from getting hurt.

In the case of electric bicycles, it may be hard to get off it but the risk of having an accident is lower compared to scooters. So, pick your poison I guess, in the end, it all depends on how well you ride them. 

Verdict: Electric Scooters are safer than Bicycles

Maintenance 

Electric Scooter vs Bicycle

Both of them are easy to maintain but electric scooters have the edge here. This is because they are simpler and have few moving parts. In the case of a repair, bicycles will probably end up causing more because of their comparatively complex mechanisms.

Bicycles also have pneumatic tires, which can go flat if you ride over something sharp. Electric scooters are moving away from pneumatic tires for durability. 

Verdict: Electric Scooters are cheaper to maintain

Conclusion 

Both are excellent choices to use a vehicle to transport you in and around the city you live in. They both have certain advantages and disadvantages over the other. It all boils down to what you want and use them for.

If you are planning to go longer distances frequently, an electric bicycle is the better option. Electric bicycles offer better traveling options and features over a scooter. They have different modes, storage space and better riding experience. Electric scooters on the other hand are all about the convenience, they are good for short distances, portable, quick, and easy to use. 

So, depending on your use case and needs, you can choose either one and if you have got the moolah, you can have both. They are both amazing vehicles to use and travel on. You have to choose the right one for you from the above comparison.  

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What Inspired India to move towards EVs

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are the future. Lots of countries are moving towards electric vehicles, it was only a matter of time before India followed. The reason, benefits of moving to EVs over conventional vehicles are nothing to snark at. 

The country’s Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari vowed to move to 100% electric cars by 2030, which seemed too steep a goal. Later he and the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government reduced it to 30%. While the reduced target may seem like a letdown, but when compared against the huge automobile industry of India, this change has been welcomed with open arms.

So what actually inspired India to move toward EVs?

Though it’s not as simple as you might think, India actually has its heart in the right place here. With growing dependence on importing fuel, higher pollution levels in the country and in a bid to reduce their overall green-house emissions, India opted to shift into electric vehicles back in 2015 under the FAME scheme or the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles scheme.

Let me take you through the primary reasons as to what inspired India to opt for a greener future with EVs.

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

India like many other countries of the world have been fighting tirelessly to put an end to pollution by adopting greener measures that can ensure the safety of their citizens.

Being considered a polluted country, the people of India have slowly begun to understand that the only way out is via sustainable energy production and by using Eco-friendly means of transportation such as Electric Vehicles.

India has a few important goals that it wants to achieve with the shift to EVs:

  • To reduce pollution from the automobile industry. 
  • Gain from reducing oil imports. 
  • Sustained and greener electricity production. 
  • To fight Climate Change. 

Let us take a look at how these factors have been able to inspire India to transition to EVs: 


Reducing their Overall Pollution Levels 

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

This is probably the most clear-cut advantage and the reason for going green in the automobile industry for any country right now. The reduction in pollution moving to EVs from conventional vehicles cannot be ignored.

Electric vehicles emit zero greenhouse gases while running. This reduces air pollution and in turn there’s a reduction in global green-house emissions. They also aid in reducing noise pollution, gasoline engines create a lot of noise during the combustion of fuel. Electric vehicles run almost silently. This is can help improve mental health too by reducing stress.  

India has some of the most polluted cities in the world. These are directly in relation to the number of vehicles running in the cities.

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

When these vehicles are all powered by gasoline ones, it’s a cause for concern. The emissions from these vehicles are too high and they are a menace when it comes to noise too. This shift could also reduce nearly one gigaton of carbon dioxide emissions. 

Reducing Oil Imports 

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

Using less of electric vehicles means using less of fuel used to power them. Not all of the fuel used in vehicles are obtained internally and so to meet demands, fuel is imported into the country. This increases cost and dependency on supply. Everyone loves to be independent and the fact that using EVs could help in that aspect only makes India adopt Electric vehicles sooner. 

Electric vehicles don’t need fuel and this helps in reducing oil imports. Almost 80% of the oil used in India is imported. A large chunk of this used in the transport industry. Reducing oil imports benefits the country financially. And one would be mad to let this opportunity slip away. 

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

Oil imports are a considerable expenditure and this will help the economy more. For example, a report from eia (Environment Impact Assessment) had stated that as of 2015 India had a 75% net import dependence which meant that at that time India used to import at least 75% of it’s oil and petroleum from other countries.

FICCI and Rocky Mountain Institute published a report titled ‘Enabling India’s Transition to Electric Mobility’. It states that moving to electric vehicles in the passenger sector could save $300 billion for the country. 


Better and Sustainable Energy Production 

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

Electric vehicles are only as clean as their source of energy used in production and to run them. Using clean energy sources contributes very little to pollution and greenhouse emissions. But if they are produced or use electricity from burning fossil fuels to run, they can have a worse impact than gasoline cars. This is because producing an electric vehicle requires more energy, on average 15-68% more.

Using electricity from fossil fuel burning is counterproductive to the change. The emissions from fossil fuel burning will diminish the benefits of EVs. 

Moving to electric vehicles without moving away from non-renewable energy sources can have a more negative impact on pollution. So, moving to electric vehicles also lays the groundwork and need for cleaner sources of energy. This pushes India towards the goal, in a more effective and faster rate now that the need is higher. The move is already happening and the move to electric vehicles can only be a catalyst. 

India could potentially be the biggest EV market and this is positive for the industry. India should learn from Countries like Norway and Sweden. Electric vehicles take up 49.1% of the total annual vehicle sales in Norway. The reason for such an effective transition is the role of their government. Government money was used to kick-start charging stations. The government also invested in financial incentives for taking part in the movement. Private companies are now in the game and taking over operations.

India has pledged certain goals under the Paris agreement for sustainable energy development. These are: 

  • By 2030, at least 40% of electricity generated will be from non-fossil fuel sources. 
  • At least 175 Gigawatts of electricity through renewables sources by 2022. 
  • Afforestation allowing up to 3.0 billion tons of carbon dioxide to be stored in sinks and reservoirs. 

Climate Change 

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

We all are in the fight against climate change. For someone who might have missed it, climate change is the fast-deteriorating climate conditions of our planet.

The reason being almost all our activities cause damage to the environment. How? The energy that we produce for our daily activities is at the expense of burning fossil fuels (mostly) and this causes emissions. The emissions are greenhouse gases which trap heat in the atmosphere increasing the temperature of our planet. This can have very adverse effects on the climate. The reason it is referred to as the climate change.  

There is a phased plan in place to have manufacturing units and plants comply with green norms by 2022.

What Inspired India to move towards EVs

This is a fight not only for India, but for all of us, sure we can’t stop it completely because we live for the comfort of our bodies but emissions can reduce if we are smart about it and want to work toward a better future. One of the worst contributors to this problem is the use of vehicles.

Rightly so, India is starting to shift to electric vehicles because they have a lower carbon footprint than conventional combustion-engine cars. 

India has pledged to reduce per capita emissions based on GDP by 33-35% of 2005 by 2030. In 2014, when India was the fourth-largest contributor to greenhouse emissions, there was no data released. Moving to EVs is part of the answer in reducing these emissions.

In some rare cases, electric cars be a worse contributor to climate change (Poland). But when done right, electric vehicles can be extremely beneficial towards the fight against Climate change.

This is also a driving factor for India and it should be the same with all countries as well.

We are in this fight because we are the cause. And the move to electric vehicles is a start. India and other countries making the move are smart and doing the right thing because they are inevitably the future.

Conclusion 

The move towards EVs has already started but the road is long and a lot of challenges are poised. Everything from the vehicles to cleaner energy production will take time and money and infrastructure. But this is a no brainer for any country in the next few years, moving to electric cars are vital for the environment. Places like India following suit is the right example for other countries. 

India is following Norway’s footsteps with the Indian government kick-starting the shift and this is the way to move forward. The players in the market now have to work towards the transition and should make sure all this pans out well. Only the future will tell what happens, India’s heart seems to be at the right place. All that’s left is to put in the effort and investment to make the dream of green cars come true. 

The positives surrounding going full EVs is the driving factor for this change. The benefits too huge to be ignored. The reduction in pollution alone is a good enough reason to go electric. But coupled with that, India can gain a lot financially from reducing oil imports. Going full green is also an initiative to produce electricity from green and clean sources. All these advantages help this change a no brainer and it’s the right thing to do.

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Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain

With the world moving to electric cars and with all the promise of electric vehicles saving the world, anyone concerned would surely be tempted to buy in the hopes of bringing a positive change to the environment.

It is certainly up for debate that if they are actually better for the environment or not, but they are surely the future.

So, are electric cars cheaper to maintain?

Based on the data collected, electric cars are cheaper to maintain on the long run as compared to their gasoline counterparts. Electric cars are primarily a one-time major investment and the type of fuel it runs on (electricity) is cheaper than gasoline making the overall maintenance lower than conventional gasoline cars. However, if you’re taking the manufacturing process into consideration then gasoline cars are cheaper on the whole.

I will now break it down for you and explain the costs of owning and maintaining an electric car to see if electric cars are in fact cheaper to maintain. My aim is to help you decide if its financially viable, better or worse for you compared to using a gasoline car.  

Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain?

As the same with all forms of transportation, electric cars do require their regular maintenance and check-ups. Apart from the service of the car, recharging the batteries that run the car is another investment but it does not mean that as an investment it’s going to cost a lot to maintain an electric car.

Contrary to the belief of many, electric cars are rather cheaper to manage and maintain but are an expensive one-time investment. I am going to dive deep into how much it costs to own, use and maintain an electric car. I will also make a small comparison between the two later.

Let’s cover the upfront buying costs, fuel/electricity cost, and maintenance cost as all these are important factors to be taken into consideration when calculating if electric cars are cheaper to maintain.

Technology 

Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain

The technology is the reason there is a cost difference between electric cars and gasoline cars. We all know how much it costs to use and maintain a gasoline car.

The concept of electric cars is fairly new and we have been seeing them commercially available for a few years now. This makes the cost calculating process different because the technology is different.

Cost of Maintaining an Electric Car

Every car requires a form of maintenance, be it an engine work-up an oil change or just a top-up of fuel. This can result with you spending more than you’d anticipate and is what makes it dicey to own a gasoline car.

Electric cars on the other hand do not require the same type of maintenance that gasoline cars do and the source of fuel to power an electric car is obtained from our electricity grid so it’s cheaper to recharge your electric car than to top it off with fuel.

Here’s the complete break-up of what you’d be paying to maintain an electric car.

Higher Initial Investment 

Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain

Electric cars as I have said earlier is a new technology, they use electricity from their batteries to power their motors.

  • The manufacturing process is new and the money and time spent in Research and Development (R&D) are high. This drives the cost of buying a new electric car high.  
  • Then comes the battery, electric cars have huge high-density lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are hard to manufacture and drive up the cost significantly. The materials used in the batteries are rare and extracting them is hard. This is evident when buying the same model car with different technologies.  
  • Setting up in home charging might cost extra but it is a onetime investment and you can use it for other electric vehicles too. It can cost anywhere from $500-$900 for the home charging system and installing it can set you back by $500-$2000. On average it will cost around $2000 which leads to the higher initial investment of owning an electric car.  

All this makes electric cars cost more to buy than the average gasoline cars or their respective gasoline counterparts. 

Car Petrol VariantElectric Variant
Mini Cooper$24,250.00$30,750.00
Hyundai Kona$21,440.00$38,330.00

So, this shows that electric cars cost more to buy than the average gasoline cars or their respective gasoline counterparts. 

Cost of Fuel (In this case, Electricity)  

Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain

Electric cars run on electricity and need no fuel making them void of fuel charges. This means that during the lifetime, you have to worry only about taking a hit to your electricity bill and spoiler alert it’s not that big of a hit.  

  • Electric cars have batteries that you can charge at home with the help of included chargers. The batteries are rated with certain kWh and this determines the range of electric cars. The higher the kWh, the longer you can travel without needing to charge again. 

To calculate the electricity used and the cost of electricity we need to know the battery rating and range of the vehicle.

The Hyundai Kona uses 27kW of energy for every 100 miles, while Mini electric uses 31 kWh of energy for every 100 miles.

Electricity costs vary from region to region and this makes it hard to calculate. But taking an average and working with it gives these costs for 45,000 miles. 

Car Electric Variant
Mini Cooper$1939.00
Hyundai Kona$1723.00

This is cheaper than their gasoline counterparts because electricity is cheaper almost everywhere.  

Lower maintenance charges 

Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain

Using any vehicle calls for maintenance from time to time. This is because of the moving parts in them and these are subject to wear and tear over time. Electric vehicles have only two moving parts, the motor and the wheels. This makes it easy to maintain them, and there is also no use of oils to help the car run efficiently. The fewer the number of moving parts, the lower the chance of failure of any such parts. 

  • The technology of electric cars is simple compared to the ones found in gasoline cars. This simpler technology aids in lower maintenance and making the overall cost lower.
  • In an effort to help people switch to electric cars, manufacturers offer benefits like free maintenance for the first 3 years or first 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This reduces the overall cost of an electric car over its lifetime. But ignoring the free maintenance, electric cars like Hyundai Kona and Mini Electric cost $2,970 for every 45,000 miles.   
Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain
  • When compared to their direct gasoline counterparts, they are cheaper. The Mini (gasoline) requires $3,839 of maintenance while the Hyundai Kona (gasoline) will set you back by $4,091 for maintenance over 45,000 miles. 
  • There is one another maintenance cost for electric cars and this is the battery, it’s all about the battery for an electric car. Over time, a battery loses its capacity due to degradation. This means you’ll have to replace the battery down the line if you are planning to use it for beyond the manufacturer’s warranty or lifetime range. 
  • Manufacturers offer 8 to 10 years of warranty or 1,00,000 to 1,50,000 miles, but if you are planning to use beyond that, you will have to replace your existing one. This can set you back by $4,500 in the case of a Nissan Leaf. But the savings you get from other maintenance charges can easily cover up for this. 

Electric Cars Tax Credits 

Are Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain

To catalyze the process of electric car adoption, the government offers incentives to owners. This comes as tax credits to the owners. 

Electric car owners are titled to $7500 in tax credits and this reduces the total cost by $7500 which is not a small amount.  

Comparison between electric cars and gasoline cars

Electric CarsGasoline Cars
Upfront Purchase CostHigher for electric cars due to manufacturing process and use of huge batteries.Significantly lower than similarly performing electric cars due to maturity in technology.
Maintenance CostLower than gasoline powered cars, due to simpler technology.Higher due the use of lots of moving parts.
Fuel/Electricity ChargesElectric cars cost less because electricity is cheaper than fuel.Gasoline cars tend to cost more for the same amount of distance traveled.
Tax Credits$7500 tax credit bringing down the total cost of electric cars.No tax credits for gasoline cars.
OverallElectric cars tend to be costlier over the 3-year period.Gasoline cars though not so environmentally friendly are cheaper to buy and this is still a factor influencing purchases.

You can also use this tool from the US Department of Energy to compare different vehicles. They can compare based on their initial price, cost of use, carbon footprint and overall cost of the vehicle year on year. It is effective and helps you get a better picture of which car you should choose based on cost and carbon footprint. Remember both cost and carbon footprint being lower will make your wallet happy and in turn the environment safer. 

Conclusion 

Electric cars are cheaper over time in some cases and in some they are not, it all comes down to the model and region. For now, gasoline vehicles are generally the cheaper of the two. This is due to the mature manufacturing process and the battery found in electric cars. When it comes to running and maintaining, electric cars trump gasoline cars. It is because electricity is cheaper and electric cars require less maintenance. 

The cost of battery manufacturing is coming down and this can only be good for the future of electric cars. Better and a more mature manufacturing process combined with cheaper batteries will bring down the cost of electric cars. The future is bright for electric cars and that future is just a few years away. 

While they are little on the costlier side of things now, the fact that they are environmentally friendly cannot be ignored. It is a small price to pay if you are concerned about the environment. Buying a gasoline car is sensible for now if the cost is of utmost importance, but this can change soon in the near future.  

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What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

We are all aware about what a battery does for us on a daily basis but have you ever wondered what happens to old electric car batteries? Do they get recycled or reused?

Electric car batteries are some of the most complex types of batteries and are quite hard to break-down. These batteries require special care and the dismantling process can only be carried out by trained professionals.

It’s these batteries which are the main cause of green-house gasses and disposing of them in the right way is something that has to be followed no matter which country you’re from.

Let’s take a quick look at what happens to electric car batteries when they’re deemed unfit for use.

What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

Batteries are like the engines of an electric car. They are the primary source of energy to electric cars.

They don’t produce energy, instead, they store it in their batteries to power the motors. Therefore, a lot of research and development of an electric vehicle is focused on battery technology.

In this article, I will be going through everything about electric car batteries. Staring from the technology to the end of their life cycles. 

In Cars, the two most popular battery technologies are:  

  • Lithium-Ion
  • Lead-Acid

Lithium-Ion Batteries 

What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are used in almost all portable consumer electronics like laptops and phones because of their high energy density. They can store higher capacities per unit mass compared to other battery technologies. Other advantages include high energy efficiency, good high-temperature performance and low self-discharge. These qualities make them the best fit for portable electronics and electric vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries help vehicle manufacturers save on space because of their high energy density. 

Lithium-ion batteries are also safer than most battery technologies. But they can be harmful or cause explosions or fires when put under a lot of pressure, but they are safer than other technologies. This combined with manufacturers pushing for safety first helps to protect customers. 

Lithium-ion batteries are costlier than other battery technologies. But with most Electric vehicles and Hybrid vehicles sporting them, they are constantly researched upon. They are the best-fit for electric vehicles. Research and development are focused on reducing their high cost, life cycle, capacity and better safety measures. They will be the primary technology for batteries in electric cars and so I will be focusing more on them below. 

Lead-Acid Batteries 

What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

These are some of the commonly found batteries in vehicles but certain disadvantages make them not suitable for current EV technology. They are found in gasoline cars and older electric cars. Lead-acid batteries are designed to have high power, cheap, and safe. But they fall short because of low specific energy and poor cold-temperature performance. They also have a short life cycle and this calls for frequent replacing. Advanced versions of these batteries are being developed to be used in vehicles but only to provide support power. Lead-acid batteries are not so popular in the electric vehicle segment anymore so I won’t be focusing on this technology anymore. 

What’s the Impact of Electric Car Batteries on the Environment?

What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

Batteries like any commodity have their own carbon footprint and cause their own fair share of troubles for the environment.

  • Batteries found in electric cars, that is lithium-ion batteries are hard to manufacture. They use rare earth metals, like lithium and cobalt. Extracting these metals are hard and, in the process, use a lot of energy and cause a lot of emissions. And this can cause a significant impact on the environment.
  • These batteries are a reason why electric cars have a higher footprint than gasoline cars during production.  While they do have their negative impacts on the environment, it is the versatility of Lithium-ion car batteries that make them the present and the future of electric vehicles.
  • The impact on the environment can be reduced because of their re-usability. After their life powering cars, these batteries can be used in factories and homes by feeding them into the energy cycle. 
  • Repurposing lithium-ion batteries can create a closed-loop for the birth and eventual recycling of the batteries. This means that the battery manufacturers can use the batteries again to generate power for the factory. This helps in waste and reduces environmental impact compared to throwing away the batteries or not being able to recycle them.   

Large car manufacturers are already creative in the repurposing of lithium-ion batteries and have plans for them.

  • Nissan wants to provide backup power to the Amsterdam ArenA (home to Ajax Football club) by using retired electric car batteries.
  • Toyota plans to install retired batteries outside convenience stores in Japan. These batteries will store electricity from solar panels and will power fridges and other appliances inside the store.
  • Renault will use the batteries from the Renault Zoe EV in a home energy battery storage system called the Power-vault. 

The Life of Electric Car Batteries

What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

Rechargeable batteries undergo cycles of discharge and charge, and this is true for electric vehicles too. Batteries in electric cars discharge when they run and charge when they are plugged in. This process affects the amount of charge that can be held by a battery. And this leads to a reduction of range and time taken to charge.

  • Manufacturers offer 5-10 years of warranty but batteries can last for 10-20 years before they need for replacement arises.  
  • Manufactures offer 8-year warranties or 1,00,000-1,50,000 miles for their batteries, Nissan and Tesla offer such warranties. This when compared to other lithium-ion batteries, it is baffling for me.
  • Phones and laptops use the same battery technology but they start to considerably lose their capacity in a couple of years. Phones and laptop batteries can have a couple of hundred charge cycles before starting to lose their capacity. This is because phones are deemed as products that are used for a few years at max. And phones aren’t the major cause of all the debate around global warming.
  • EV manufacturers have to design batteries that can last for thousands of miles. Most of the innovation in the EV industry goes to the battery because they are the engine of an EV.

The better the battery, the better the use case and purpose of electric vehicles. Poor battery technology can only cause more harm to the environment. Clever design technologies in the battery help them to achieve longer, more sustained battery life in an electric vehicle. 

Disposal of Electric Car Batteries

What happens when they are fully dead like when these batteries can’t hold a charge anymore? Instead of reusing, these batteries are either disposed or sent for recycling. Batteries use chemicals that are toxic and hazardous to the environment and all kinds of lifeforms. So this requires them to be disposed of safely. 

If batteries are not disposed of properly, they can cause extreme cases of air and water pollution. They are extremely hazardous and poisonous to life forms. The chemicals can cause widespread damage if not disposed of carefully.

All battery technologies are harmful and toxic if not disposed of safely, including the ones in electric cars. But manufacturers are working towards battery life cycle management to solve the expensive and toxic disposal of batteries. These include reuse of batteries and recycling them. 

Reuse/Recycling 

What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

The lithium-ion batteries found in Electric cars are versatile and give many years of use. So, once they are removed (retired) from cars because they are not as efficient, they are deemed to be dead. They still have life left in them; they just lose their ability to provide a decent driving experience.

  • These retired batteries are used to power homes, offices or factories in a larger battery system. In here, the batteries store electricity that can be used later when needed.  
  • If your home is powered by renewable energy sources like solar or wind, you can use the electricity generated to be stored in these retired batteries. This can help in reducing bills and can be better for the environment too. These batteries are used in industries like hospitals too to power electrical components. 
  • Batteries when they are fully dead without any re-usability, they are either disposed of or recycled. During recycling, separation of materials takes place. Materials like Cobalt, lithium salts, aluminum, copper and steel are separated.
  • The recycling process now only yields half the materials. But manufacturers are working on this and want to improve the recycling yield. 

Volkswagen is leading the charge as it announced a plant for battery recycling that target to recycle 97% of the battery components. The batteries are shredded, dried and sieved to recover as much material as possible. These materials will help in the manufacturing of batteries.   

Conclusion 

Electric cars are here to stay and so are their batteries. The only change I can see in the future is them getting better.

Batteries will always be harmful, and there will always be a negative impact on the environment. All we can do is to reduce this impact by innovating in these technologies. Manufacturers are working towards them.

With better technology, they will be cheaper, more efficient and have longer life cycles. With innovative reuse and recycling programs, the environmental impact of batteries will reduce.

The future looks good for electric vehicle batteries and the industry is moving in the right direction.  

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Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

The raging debate between electric cars and gas cars goes on and on. The reason it’s raging on is that there is no definite answer to them at least for now. At least in the current state of the things.

Electric cars are “The Future” and rightly so because they of the initial promise. But they are still improving and innovating on the technology. But just because something will be better or the best in the future one shouldn’t jump on the bandwagon now. 

In fact, we have to know the ins and out of the subject at hand. Making an educated decision is always better than walking in blind. To help you decide, I am going to compare electric and gas cars on various topics they are generally pitted against. There are lots of comparisons drawn between the two automobile technologies.

Let’s take a look at the differences we’ll be covering to determine whether it’s better to opt for an Electric Car or a Gasoline Car: 

  • Technology Used to Power Electric Cars and Gasoline Cars
  • The Cost Difference between Electric Cars and Gasoline Cars
  • Environmental Impact of Electric Cars and Gasoline Cars
  • Performance differences between Electric and Gas Cars
  • Fuel and Energy required  to run Electric and Gas Cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

There are a significant number of difference between electric cars and gas cars right from what powers them to their impact on the environment. Both are designed to look alike but would not perform the same way.

Let’s get into the major differences between Electric cars and Gas powered cars to see which one is better and the most ideal to use.

Technology Used to Power Electric Cars and Gasoline Cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

Electric cars run on electricity, that is they use the charge in their batteries and use it to run the motors. This gives them a huge advantage when it comes to emission of greenhouse gases as there is no fuel being burnt. 

Gas cars run on fuel (petrol or diesel); they work by burning the fuel in a combustion engine. This process produces energy to move cars. The energy generated during combustion powers the vehicle.

The side effect being, burning of fuel emits greenhouse gases and these gases are harmful to the environment. These gases cause global warming because they trap heat. 

The Cost Difference between Electric Cars and Gasoline Cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

Electric cars are relatively a new product to the market, this makes them a little expensive.

  • This is because the manufacturing process is new and a lot of new plants have to be set up for them. Research and development of a new product are also high. So, the upfront cost of an electric car can be high compared to that of a similarly performing gas vehicle.

For example, a Hyundai Kona costs $21,440 for the gasoline version whereas the Hyundai Kona electric costs $38,330. This puts the electric cars at a disadvantage, but it’s a small price to pay for innovation and new class product. 

  • Costs are not driven only by the price of a product, over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime, we have considered the cost due to fuel and maintenance too. When it comes to maintenance, electric cars cheaper to maintain. They don’t need frequent oil changes and other engine check-ups.  

Fuel or electricity charges that are the cost required to drive the cars. Let’s take both versions of the Hyundai Kona again

  • The gasoline version requires 3.3 gallons of fuel for every 100 miles.
  • The Hyundai Kona Electric uses 27-kWh of energy for every 100 miles.

As of February last year, the average fuel cost was $2.44 per gallon. For 45,000 miles this adds up to $3623. Electricity prices are all over the place depending on the region. But after taking everything into consideration, it would cost $1723 for the electric Kona to travel 45,000 miles. 

Owners of electric cars receive tax credits of $7,500 bringing down the overall cost of driving one. By this comparison, the Hyundai Kona costs $39,817 over a three-year period. While the Hyundai Kona electric costs $47,811 including the tax credit. When a similar comparison is drawn between Mini Hardtop(fuel) and Mini Electric, the cost for Three-year period $41,454 and $41,812 respectively.

Electric cars also have incentives like free maintenance from the manufactures for 3-years.  

In the end, electric cars end up costing more than their fuel-powered counterparts over a 3-year period.  

Environmental Impact of Electric Cars and Gasoline Cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

This is probably the most debated topic revolving around electric and gasoline cars. Because measuring the environmental impacts of a product is not easy to determine. The carbon footprint of a product is a reliable way to find the environmental impact when taking all the factors into consideration. And in the case of cars, we have to take all the possible sources of pollution over their lifetime. This includes production when they are running and after their lifetime when they are sent to recycling.  

  • During production, electric cars tend to fare worse than gas cars and this is primarily due to the mining process for rare earth materials like Lithium and Cobalt. The higher carbon footprint of electric cars mostly falls on the back of the batteries used in them.
Electric Cars vs Gas Cars
  • During running, electric cars produce zero-emission making the obvious choice over gasoline cars. But the source of electricity should be taken into consideration. If the electricity to charge the vehicles are from nonrenewable sources, then electric cars can be as harmful as gasoline cars to run.
  • When produced and run-on renewables sources of energy, electric cars are the better options to minimize environmental impact. The reason, zero-emission from the vehicle itself. 

Over the lifetime, electric cars have a lower carbon footprint than gas cars. This makes them a safer bet for the environment. The reason for the introduction of electric vehicles has been to curb the environmental damage caused by conventional vehicles. More innovation can only make the production of electric cars better and more efficient making them a sweeter deal in the future. Electric cars are better for the environment in 95% of the world. 

Performance differences between Electric and Gas Cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

A car can be either faster or quicker. Quicker is how fast the car reaches a higher speed that is its acceleration. For example, if the time taken for a car to go from 0-60 miles per hour is lower, then the quicker it is. A car is faster when it can reach high speeds and sustain it. So, a faster car is one with a higher miles per hour value. 

  • Electric cars to one’s imagination are surprisingly quicker than gas-based cars. If you had asked someone who doesn’t know, they will choose gas-based cars to trump electric cars in the performance category.  Electric cars are quicker because power is directly fed to the motors running the wheels. This gives them higher torque and so better acceleration.
  • Gasoline cars are not as quick because the engine feeds power to the transmission first. This increases the time taken and about 15% of the power is lost going through the transmission. This makes gas cars not as quick. 
  • On the contrary, gas cars are faster can hold these higher speeds for a longer time. They are faster because of all the time they have had innovate, and they have a weight advantage. The batteries in electric cars are massive and thus they are not capable to run at a higher speed.

For now, electric cars are quicker than gasoline cars but apart from a drag race, a gas car will always beat an electric car in a race. 

Fuel and Energy required to run Electric and Gas Cars

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars

The efficiency of a car can be determined from the type of fuel it runs on.

  • Electric cars use electricity stored in their batteries to move. Electric cars are generally more efficient to run because they have fewer moving parts and simpler technology. The battery powers the motors connected to the wheels, so almost no energy is wasted. 
Electric Cars vs Gas Cars
  • For a gas car, there is a lot of energy wasted, this is because fuel is burnt to run the car. The reason for the inefficiency is the heat generated and emission, the only process that lets out waste is inefficient. The reason being this waste can’t be used for anything else, so the energy is not completely harvested to good use. As I have noted, engines of gas cars provide power to the transmission which not as efficient and use some of the power. 

As these are different methods used to run, we can only use cost as a measurement scale. And as per the above cost analysis, electric cars are cheaper to drive. For any customer, this makes them more efficient to ride compared to a gas car.  


Conclusion 

The automobile industry is changing and it’s changing fast, since the first engine to just a few years back, automobiles were all running on gas. Now we have competition in the automobile space. Gas-powered vehicles are not the only ones in the market anymore. Electric cars are threatening to gain the market share, possibly dominate it. Electric cars are the future, it is inevitable and they will slowly replace gas cars. 

For now, you can or cannot go wrong with both. From a consumer standpoint, electric cars generally tend to be the costlier option. But if the environment is a concern for you, jumping on to the electric car bandwagon might just be the right thing for you. Not everyone can invest more because it’s safer for the environment because that’s not how the world works. 

Unless costs reduce, and accessibility to electric cars increase, electrics cars will always be a thing of the future. To make then the present, innovation and time is required for which we don’t have any shortage. They are undoubtedly “The Future” of transportation.

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What to Look for in an Electric Bike

eBikes or Electric bikes have been around for a while now and by the looks of it they’re here to stay. Most of us have faced a tough time while searching for a good eBike and this happens to the best of us mainly because there are so many models and variants out there. The only question that keeps popping up is, what to look for in an electric bike?

Yes, that’s actually a really good question. eBikes are designed for everyone and not one one special class of people. They can be used on a daily basis to commute to work and back or to the grocery store and back or with some models they can be used on dirt tracks making them ideal for adventurers.

If only it was easy to pick one eBike. Sigh.

Why are eBikes so popular?

Electric bikes are essentially regular bikes that are convenient and easier to ride. As they come equipped with hub motors to help ease your ride, they have been sought after by not only avid cyclists but also those who need some assistance when commuting or traveling with any sort of baggage. 

With no CO2 emissions and a zero percent carbon footprint, eBikes are considered a blessing for the environment..

Let’s get into what we have to look for while buying an electric bike.

Personal Needs
Choosing the right Electric Bike Retailer
Understand the Warranty Offered on Electric Bikes
What Powers the Electric Bike
Check the Voltage and Battery Capacity of the eBike
Total Weight the eBike can Support
Reviews and Videos of the Bikes Performance

What to Look for in an Electric Bike?

If you’re in the market for an electric bike you may get with mind-boggled with the number of eBike options available in the market. As too many people find owning a car cumbersome and expensive, other modes of transport like electric bikes have become super popular.

I remember when it was just 5-10 companies to choose from but now there are hundreds of companies manufacturing electric bikes with different features, sizes, capabilities and these eBikes come with various offers, warranty plans and service options to choose from making it a task to pick the one that suits your needs.

While looking for your ideal electric bike it’s best to check the following:

Consider your Personal Needs

What to Look for in an Electric Bike

Electric bikes have been created for different purposes, so before you pick up your eBike it’s best to search for something that is designed for your needs. 

  • If you’re looking at step-through framed bikes to add comfort to your ride then companies like Aventon Electric and Linus have some good options ready. 
  • If you’re keen on something to tackle off-roads and designed for hill climbing then you can check out Raleigh motors or Haibike models. 

Things like distance you’d be covering and if you’re using the electric bike for carrying loads and other factors play a crucial role in determining the right electric bike for you.

Choosing the Right eBike Retailer

Choosing the Right eBike Retailer

Picking the right retailer or manufacturer is a very important point to always remember. Ultimately your judgement should be based on the following

  • The staff should be approachable and friendly. Have any and all questions answered by them to make sure they know their product and it’s a reliable place. 
  • Make it a point to check the quality of  the materials used. The better the quality of the product, the longer  it’ll last. Sellers have to be dedicated to the cause to be considered reliable and by cause I’m simply referring to being in it for the right reason and not to make a quick buck.

Retailers provide additional benefits such as an extended warranty or a pair of riding gloves and sometimes even overall cash discounts on their electric bikes. 

Make it a point to thoroughly review the company you’re planning on buying from.

Understand the Warranty Offered on Electric Bikes

Understand the Warranty Offered on Electric Bikes

While buying an electric bike you should keep in mind that it’s a big investment regardless of how much you paid for it. The only way this investment of yours can be deemed “worth it” is when you have a good warranty in place.

Warranties that are offered in the market range from manufacturer to manufacturer and they’re not always the same. 

A standard warranty on your everyday eBike would be for a year from the sale date and would normally cover all components including the battery.

However, a good warranty would be one that lasts for at least 2 years with no exclusion on everyday use and one that would cover everything from parts of the eBike to the hub motor and battery.

What Powers the Electric Bike

What powers the electric bike

Electric bikes are powered by hub motors at the most that come with different wattage and rpm. Choosing the power output of the electric motor is an important thing to keep in mind. We have hub motors that range from 250W to 900W, so there is a range out there. It all depends on what you’re buying the electric bike for.

To know the functioning of the electric bike you’re about to purchase is another key to getting what you actually want. Electric bikes come with 3 basic modes for everyday use:

  • You have the Pedal mode where you’re the one working your way around.
  • Then there’s the Pedal assist mode where you can pedal or throttle depending on what you’re looking for.
  • Finally there’s the Electric only or Throttle mode where you will not have to pedal and the twist of the throttle is all that’ll be required to get you moving.

Always make sure you know what kind of throttle system is on the bike and if it comes in a hybrid variation before making your final decision.

Check the Voltage and Battery Capacity of the eBike

What to Look for in an Electric Bike

The heart of the electric bike is the battery unit and it’s capabilities. A good electric bike has a more compact battery with greater power output and these are best because they reduce the overall weight of the electric bike.

  • It’s good to check the voltage of the battery as each type of battery is designed to be used differently. An electric bike running on a 24 volts battery is best suited for flat surfaces like open roads or tracks whereas a larger 48 -72 volts battery will be used for extreme climbing and off-roading or while covering longer distances.
  • While comparing the voltage make sure to keep an eye on the battery capacity as well.  The capacity of the battery is determined in Amp hours and would be represented as AH next to the reading. 

For example if you are interested in two options where one bike has the battery voltage and capacity of 480 Watt hours while the second electric bike has a capacity of 144Watt hours, go for the first one as it will last longer while the second bike with lowered battery capacity will last for a fraction of the time.

Each battery or in some cases battery packs would have unique capacities and this plays a crucial role in determining how far you can travel on that electric bike.

Total Weight the eBike can Support

What to Look for in an Electric Bike

While buying an electric bike you’re going to want to take it out either on a trip or to the grocery store to buy some veggies and it’s not going to look good if you’re unable to carry all your belongings on your electric bike.

Buying an electric bike that can support you weight and extra weight for any reason can prove beneficial in the long run.

  • Since electric bikes are built in the similar fashion as regular bicycles hence their overall max weight load would be roughly the same. Most electric bikes in the market have a maximum load capacity of 300lbs but this is generally 50-75 lbs lesser than the electric bike can actually hold. 

Not to say we’re going to carry anything that heavy on our eBikes but it’s good to know that they’re built to be sturdy and carry us around.

Reviews and Videos of the Bikes Performance 

At times when the product seems too good to be true it’s because it probably isn’t. Going through past reviews or performance videos of the products you’re keen on buying can actually help a great deal. 

Figuring out what others have experienced in the real world is a great way to understand once and for all if that electric bike is meant for you or not.

Keeping all these pointers in mind while searching for an electric bike to buy will surely help you decide on what you truly want. There are electric bikes out there for everyone to enjoy and not only are they beneficial to our overall health, they also help reduce pollution levels across cities.

Conclusion

Always buy an electric bike that has their battery capacity and details of the electric bike are listed. Never go for something that does not have its specs highlighted or are too basic. 

An electric bike is always going to be considered an investment as it helps save a lot of money on the long run. The regular maintenance and service are all you’ll need to keep your bad boy on the road. 

Make it a point to remember the major differentiators such as power, price range, battery capacity, motor type and max weight supported before jumping into something you may regret later.

On that note. Happy electric bike hunting.

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How to Charge an Electric Scooter

I have used electric scooters for a while now and they’re my go to means of commuting short distances. They’re compact, easy to use, quite dangerous at times, fast moving and are available at various hubs in the city making them easily accessible quite like electric bikes. 

But the one thing you need to remember apart from storing the electric scooter safely is to keep the batteries charged. Having ready-to-go charged batteries for your electric scooter makes owning it all the more convenient. 

But how do you charge an electric scooter?

With the advancement in battery and charging technology, charging your electric scooter has become easier than before. Typically, anyone will plug their charger into a power source and the scooter’s batteries will get charged. Now you wouldn’t need the scooter itself to have the batteries charged, you can simply unplug the battery and charge it separately. 

Sounds easy right? Unfortunately there are a few complications and key points you will have to follow while charging your electric scooter. 

Let me take you through How to charge an Electric Scooter and the checklist to be followed while doing so.

Currently, there are only two ways you can charge your Electric Scooter:

  • Plugging your Electric Scooter Directly to a Wall Outlet Power Source
  • Charging a Removable Battery

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

Charging your electric scooter may seem like it’s going to be an impossible feat to have a charging dock occupying space in your garage. 

Electric Scooters are not that complicated, you just need to plug in the scooter to any power source in your home or office and voila, charged batteries. 

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

Depending on the model of your Electric Scooter, there are two methods by which you can recharge its batteries:

  • Plugging your Electric Scooter Directly to a Wall Outlet Power Source
  • Charging a Removable Battery

Both are pretty down to earth and as mentioned earlier, charging a removable battery can only be done if the electric scooter comes with a removable battery and is specified by the manufacturers themselves. 

Do not attempt to remove the battery as this can void the warranty and can be dangerous.

Plugging your Electric Scooter Directly to a Wall Outlet Power Source

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

The standard method to charge your electric scooter is by plugging the scooter directly to any power source. This is by far the most common used method and  has proven to be pretty effective.

  • You need to locate the charging terminal on your electric scooter. This unit is normally located underneath the floor-board with a rubber nozzle protecting the socket from water damage.
  • Remove the nozzle and plug in the charger firmly until you hear a click. 

Make sure the charger is the original charger and uses the right voltage, you DO NOT want to ruin your electric scooter or its battery by using an incorrect charger.

  • Now that the charger is connected firmly to the scooter, connect the other end of the charger to a wall plug socket. A standard one should do but if you’re looking for a bit more protection you can use a surge protector with an in-built fuse.
How to Charge an Electric Scooter
  • Once you turn on the switch for your power source the LED charging indicator will begin to blink telling you that the batteries are in the process of getting recharged.
  • Once the electric scooter has been charged, turn off the switch and remove the charger from the wall socket and the scooter. Make sure to remember to fit back the nozzle/charging socket cap so it does not get damaged.

Charging a Removable Battery

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

Most electric scooter manufacturers have made a few changes to how you can charge their products, making it easier and more convenient than before.

This is possible thanks to the use of removable batteries rather than the traditional non-removable mounted battery packs. Make sure you have the electric scooter with removable batteries before you start pulling your scooter apart. 

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

This is a generic step-by-step as some of the electric scooters will have a slightly different configuration so make sure you read the owners manual before proceeding with your electric scooter.

IMPORTANT :  MAKE SURE YOUR ELECTRIC SCOOTER IS TURNED OFF BEFORE YOU TAKE OUT THE BATTERY. TRY AND AVOID TOUCHING LIVE WIRES WITH YOUR BARE HANDS.

  • First and foremost, you need to locate the battery bay. This is normally situated under the floor-board of the electric scooter. Take out your tool kit and with a screwdriver remove the screws holding the battery bay in place.
  • Most batteries come with cables with plastic tips that lock in place, remove them carefully to slide the battery out. Other older models will have a bolt holding the wire down in place, using a wrench carefully take out the bolt to reveal the wire.
  •  Once the wire has been detached, lift the battery out of the hub and place it flat on a sturdy table. 
  • Take the two ends of the battery wire and plug them into the corresponding adapter to charge, like a power brick for the removable battery. You will hear a click when they’re connected.

Make sure that the red cable always goes into the positive terminal and the black goes in the negative terminal, changing polarity will damage the battery.

  • If you’re using an older model you can connect the exposed wires to a two-pronged charger that comes with the scooter. This has a clip located within that holds the exposed wires in place for charging. 

Here the cables have to be attached with their corresponding colors, connect the red wire of the battery with the red wire of the charger and the black cable of the battery with the black wire of the charger.

  • Now proceed to plug in the charger to the wall socket power source to charge. 
  • The red light on the charger will turn on when there’s current flow and the battery is charging successfully.

The charger should always be the one you received with the electric scooter or at least a replacement provided by the company for that particular model of scooter. Using a charger with incorrect voltage or one that’s not made for your model can damage the battery.

How long do you Need to Charge your Electric Scooter for?

To know how long your electric scooter must remain plugged in for, you first have to know what type of battery is powering your electric scooter. 

Electric scooters come with three available battery types and these can be charged anywhere between 2-4 hours and some will take 12 hours.

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

Lithium-ion Batteries

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

These batteries are lightweight and are not commonly used in electric scooters. They’re so portable that they can be charged to full capacity within 2-4 hours.

They charge faster and last quite long so you would not have to change the battery for up to 4 to 5 years from the day it’s bought. 

Lithium-ion batteries can be quite expensive but if they’re looked after right, they can last you well over 3000 charging cycles. 

Lead-Acid Batteries

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

The Lead-Acid batteries are more commonly used and seem to be the oldest kind of battery to power the electric scooter. 

Compared to Lithium-ion batteries, lead-acid will allow you to cover longer distances as the higher Ah (ampere-hour) rating of the battery allows it to do so.

Lead-Acid batteries are rather affordable and charge slowly, taking them up to 12 hours at a time to attain full charge.

NiCad Batteries

How to Charge an Electric Scooter

Nicd or Nicad batteries are those larger batteries that have a nickel anode and a cadmium cathode with a potassium hydroxide electrolyte in them.

These batteries are relatively good but are rather heavy and not a recommended power source.

Nicd batteries have to be drained completely before they can be recharged and this caused a lot of problems in the past. Though they’re much cheaper than Lithium-ion and Lead-Acid batteries they’re the least used kind of batteries to be used in an electric scooter.

So ultimately the time you need to keep your battery on charge depends on the type of battery it is. For Li-ion batteries it’s 2-4 hours, lead-acid batteries take about 12 hours to charge and NiCad batteries can only be charged once they’re completely drained and will take about 12-18 hours to completely charge.

How Long can a Battery Last on an Electric Scooter?

Batteries on electric scooters have different life times depending on their make, voltage and usage. On average, electric scooter batteries have a lifespan of anywhere between 2-4 years with about 1000 charging cycles being carried out. 

The life of the battery is difficult to assess as the numbers fluctuate if the battery is charged often or if it’s not looked after in the appropriate manner. 

How to Make your Electric Scooter Battery Last Longer?

As with every electrical gadget out there, you can prolong the life of your electric scooter battery by following a few simple techniques.

  • Make sure to always charge your batteries after each ride.
  • Charging your electric scooter battery up to 70-80% before taking a vacation can help increase its lifespan and preserve the battery..
  • Always use the recommended charger that comes with the product, using local or wrong chargers for the battery will result in you damaging your battery.
  • Exposing your battery to sun, heat, water or rain will damage it and in order for the battery to last longer it’s ideal to park your electric scooter in a dry and dark room when not in use.
  • If you’re contemplating charging your battery as soon as you complete your ride, as a suggestion, wait for 10-25 minutes for the battery to cool off completely before plugging in the charger.

Conclusion

Charging your Battery must always be carried out in a safe and protected manner. They are easy to unplug if you’re using an electric scooter with a removable battery or if not then they’re still pretty portable so the scooter can be taken physically into your home or office to be charged.

Make sure to always follow the instructions laid out by the manufacturer and never over charge your batteries.

How do I know if my Electric Scooter is charging?

If your charger is connected in the right fashion with the battery you’ll see a red light blink on the charger unit. Once the battery has been charged completely, the color of the light will turn green as an indicator your battery is ready to be unplugged.

How do I charge my Electric Scooter without a charger?

It’s not recommended to charge your electric scooter without a certified charger. Connecting the battery to jumper cables and other sources of current will only damage the battery. It’s best to buy a new charger or find your old one than spend hundreds more on procuring a new battery.

How Do I know that my electric scooter battery is low?

With electric scooters you  will be able to tell if your battery is low when the performance of the scooter drops. On some newer models that have display units, you’ll be shown the battery percentage in real-time o you’ll know when it’s ideal to charge the electric scooter’s battery.

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Why You Should Get An eBike

I have always been a motorcycle enthusiast who preferred the weekend cycle run. Little did I know at the time that I would be giving up my motorbike and cycle for a more economical and environment friendly mode of transport. 

All it took was one day on an eBike to show me another side of life that i had never explored. Two years down the line I’m happy with my eBike and have no regrets.

Let me tell you what changed my mind and why it is a good idea for you to get into the whole eBiking scene.

Riding an eBike is Fun
You Get to Workout on your eBike
Cuts your Expenses / Saves you some Money
eBikes are a Fast and Flexible Means of Transportation
Electric Bikes are Environmentally Friendly
eBikes Come with a Variety of Designs
eBikes Come with Removable Battery Cases
Owning an Electric Bike saves Storage Space
eBikes are Great for Climbing Hills

Why You Should Get An eBike

To own an eBike with a pandemic looming over our heads is a great way to feel safe and secure, creating your own little bubble everywhere you go. It beats closed off modes of transportation such as subway services, buses, trams and cars.

Owning an electric bike lets you feel younger, visit new places and take trips on a budget with ease. 

Here are some of the reasons why joining the eBike revolution is beneficial to you in the long run.

Riding an eBike is Fun

Why you Should get an eBike

Who said you have to be young to have fun? eBikes are meant for everyone and the best part is that they are so lightweight and smooth to ride that they can be fun most of the time.

Electric bikes are fun to use modes of transportation as compared to driving a car or sitting in a bus. 

With eBikes you get out more often, you’re able to feel the wind blowing through your hair, the thrill of riding fast and being able to get your heart racing with a broad grin across your face are a few of the things that make owning an eBike a great idea.

The main factor behind why riding an eBike is so much fun as compared to riding a traditional cycle is the fact that you have a feature called pedal assist that converts your regular cycling experience into a full blown biking one with the help of the hub motor. 

You Get to Workout on your eBike

Why you Should get an eBike

Not as much as you would on a normal cycle but so much more than sitting on a bus or taking a cab. Riding an eBike is the solution to all those times you regretted not going to the gym because you were stuck at work or you simply didn’t have time.

Replacing the ways you normally commute with an electric bike will give you the assurance that you’re  at least going to get ‘some’ workout done even if you’re not hitting the gym.

Riding an eBike lets you burn anywhere between 280-350 calories making it the perfect addition in enhancing your healthy lifestyle.

One great workout that you can try with an eBike is to ride uphill without any throttle assistance and then on the way back home make use of the throttle assist and ride freely.

Cuts your Expenses / Saves you some Money

Why you Should get an eBike

Buying an electric bike is not cheap, the good ones are retailed between $1000 – $2500 while there are some which are priced at a higher rate because they’re simply jaw-dropping. 

Practically speaking, owning an electric bike resolves all your financial worries if you play your cards right. 

  • Owning a car comes with hidden costs like insurance renewal, parking charges, service costs, change of parts, new tires, speeding tickets and so many more.
  • The money you end up spending on a regular basis for your electric bike would be just a few cents worth of electricity to recharge your batteries and maybe the occasional service or change of battery. 
  • You save on fuel expenses if you own a car or motorcycle so using an eBike helps save you an easy $500+ per month on these miscellaneous expenses.
  • The amount you spend to service your eBike is only a fraction of what you’d spend quarterly on your car or bike service. This is because there are less parts to work on in an eBike and takes lesser time to have one serviced.

eBikes are a Fast and Flexible Means of Transportation

Why you Should get an eBike

The technology that’s used in electric bikes is what gives you the ability to cover vast distances with little effort. The powerful high capacity battery coupled with a high performance hub motor and a throttle system can get you traveling at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

Owning an eBike gives you access to bike routes laid up across cities, this lets you evade the rush hour traffic and get to work earlier than you could have.

They’re flexible to use and can be switched from Manual to Throttle mode with the twist of your wrist.

With an electric bike you can fold it up and carry it with you on your trips. This unique ability to take your eBike anywhere is what makes it a great choice as compared to a regular bicycle or a bike.

Electric Bikes are Environmentally Friendly

Why you Should get an eBike

Two global issues that can blow out of proportion if we don’t play our part correctly are Global Warming and Climate change. Owning an eBike and using it in place of cars and motorcycles for your daily commute can help the earth heal itself on the long run.

eBikes consume less energy and do not rely on fossil fuels to run. However, they do emit small amounts of CO2 on a daily basis which is still a fraction of what is emitted by cars or motorcycles.

They are the most environment friendly electric vehicle in the market and this is because of the small quantities of rare earth elements used to manufacture the battery. Apart from that and the fact that batteries and tires have to be maintained, eBikes are much safer to own and use than conventional modes of transportation.

eBikes Come with a Variety of Designs

Why you Should get an eBike

With technology advancing at the rate that it is, anything is possible. As electric bike companies grow, they tend to produce a variety of designs to accommodate everyone’s needs

eBikes are available in all sizes, high and low seating arrangement, fat and thin tires, step-through or standard bike frame, range of motor sizes and battery capacities covering a wide range of personal requirements. 

However, if none of the eBike variants appeal to you, then rest assured that somewhere down the line there will be one made to suit your needs.

eBikes Come with Removable Battery Cases

Why you Should get an eBike

Charging an eBike has never been easier. Most come with removable battery packs you can unplug and carry in-doors to be recharged. 

What makes this a compelling feature is that you can charge your battery from the comfort of your office so that you’ll have a fully charged battery to use on the way back. 

Even in the case of overnight charging, simply detach the battery case at home and plug it in to charge, when you wake up you will have a fully charged battery at your disposal.

Owning an eBike with a removable battery pack can be the most convenient thing ever. You get to charge your battery anywhere and won’t have to worry about the battery getting damaged in the rain or someone robbing the battery from your eBike.

Owning an Electric Bike saves Storage Space

Why you Should get an eBike

eBikes are compact modes of transport and are not extremely heavy to carry.  For city dwellers storage is not always an option especially if you’re living in a flat. 

Unlike a motorcycle or regular cycle, eBikes can actually be folded and stored without occupying too much space. With this fold-able feature you won’t have to worry about your eBike getting stolen from the street-side and carrying it around with you is easier, be it by car or on the subway.

Fold-able eBikes have always been an adventurers favorite since they can be moved and stored easily in a bag. This makes it easier to have your eBike shipped to other places without having to pay higher amounts for the shipping.

eBikes are Great for Climbing Hills

Have you ever taken your cycle on a trip to a hilltop only to struggle while climbing to the top? With an eBike that is no longer a concern.

Usually equipped with a range of power modes to tackle any situation, eBikes can make your uphill ride a breeze. Twisting the throttle will kick the hub motor into automatic mode, giving you that extra push you need.

Most mountain bikers prefer using an eBike because it allows them to spend less time on the climb and more time navigating the descent (the fun part of mountain biking).

Cons of buying an eBike

Though buying an eBike is a great investment in the long run for a variety of reasons, they do have one or two negative sides to buying one.

  • eBikes are not cheap, as i mentioned before they range from $1000 to well over $2500. Though they don’t require you to spend money every time you use them, they still cost a lot of money.
  • Storing an eBike in a room for a long period of time like over the winter would require you to look after controlling the climate of the room so the metallic components do not rust. 
  • Buying an eBike is not for everyone as some states have laws in place to regulate the use of electric bikes, where you’d have to have a valid license, wear all the required protective gear and follow a designated set of rules.
  • eBike batteries are not always reliable, the more they’re used and recharged the faster they will have to be replaced. 

Conclusion

Getting an eBike is beneficial to users both young and old. I think that with more people getting into using eBikes on a daily basis, we’re sure to live long and healthy lives. 

They’re fun to use, great for a workout on the side and are environment friendly. While using an eBike however, make sure you always stay protected and stay in the designated bike lanes, there are many out there who ride with no care in the world. Your life is precious, make it last.

Do Electric Bikes make Cycling easier?

eBikes do make cycling easier, it’s more convenient and less effort is used. Pedal assist and Full Throttle modes can assist with your ride in case you’re tired or have issues with your knees.

Can we ride an eBike without a Battery?

Yes. At times when you need to charge your battery but also have to step out to the grocery store all you will need to do is unplug the battery from the cycle and pedal away to the grocery store.

Can we ride an eBike in the rain?

Yes. Electric bikes have been designed to have water-resistant wiring and can tolerate rain. You can ride the eBike in the rain but there’s only one thing you must remember if you do so. You must wipe the bike dry. There are metallic components that may rust if they’re left damp or wet.

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Why You Should Never Buy A New Car

Over the last few months, I have been looking to buy a sparingly used car to get me from A to B with no hassle. Being a motorcycle enthusiast, normally I would not have the desire to buy a car but with the sudden shifts in weather patterns, I decided that maybe it was high time I did.

During my search I happened to come across a few ads for some of the latest cars in the market and what caught my eye was the financing promotion on all of them from different agencies and banks. This made me realize that it’s safer and much cheaper to buy a used car for half the price sans the latest features and be happy with it.

Let me take you through the reasons why you should never buy a new car and why opting for a used car is the green way to go.

  • Buying a New Car Costs More on The Long Run
  • Value for New Cars Depreciate Faster
  • Pay More Taxes and Registration Fees for New Cars
  • Expect to Pay Higher Insurance Premiums 
  • New Cars Can Lead to Thefts
  • It is a Constant Expense Rather Than an Investment
  • Buying A New Car Can Have Adverse Effects On The Environment

Why You Should Never Buy A New Car

Buying a brand new car should not be on your agenda, neither now or anytime in the future. Though it does have it’s own advantages and disadvantages, making a wise choice can save you some money on the long run. 

Let’s go over the major reasons why investing in a new car is a bad idea.

Buying a New Car Costs More on The Long Run

why buying a new car is a bad idea

People have been talking about how buying a new car makes financial sense, but this is truly not the case. Buying a new car is not always about that initial payment you make at the dealership before picking the car up. No, it actually includes a lot more such as dealership fees and regular maintenance. 

Getting a new car depends on your ability to pay for it. Without the right financial backing and planning, a new car can lead to numerous financial problems in the long run, that’s if you’re not earning a 6 figure salary.

For Example: A brand new Toyota Highlander 4WD costs $34,810 for the 17.9 gallon model, a used Highlander that is slightly older but in pristine condition is available for $9,999, nearly 3.4 times cheaper than the latest model.

While opting for the used car, you won’t have to pay more to have it registered or buy a longer insurance premium. The only factor to consider here on out is maintenance and renewal of the insurance on a regular basis. 

Value for New Cars Depreciate Faster

disadvantages of buying a new car

A car’s value depreciates as soon as it’s driven away from the dealership, sedans and high-end electric cars lose their value at a faster rate when compared to SUVs and pick-up trucks. The value of a car depreciates over time and the older it gets, the more value is lost. 

To calculate the average depreciation of your new car, you’d have to keep the following in mind.

  • Make and Model: The primary reason why SUVs and sports cars have the lowest depreciation value is because of their usability and the desire to own one. Sedans and eCars on the other hand lose their value at a faster pace because they’re not sought after and would cost more to own one.
  • Mileage: The more distance the car has covered, the less value it carries. Once you buy a new car you’re bound to take it for a spin and cover as many miles as you can in the first week. The drawback here is that the more you travel in  your new car, the more likely it is to end up selling for an extremely cheap price. 
  • Condition: Cars in a bad condition will cost less than those being sold in pristine condition. This is a fact with any used item, even cars for that matter. A new car normally does not have even a single dent or scratch, but even a single scratch or dent to the fender can result in a significant loss to the resale value of the car.

This has proven that buying a new car is not always a wise choice in today’s world.

Pay More Taxes and Registration Fees for New Cars

Since most states in the U.S have sales taxes and registration fees that are collected on every car purchase, it has been recorded that we pay nearly twice as much on sale’s tax and registration fee for a new car as compared to an older used car. 

Since we’re talking about the Toyota Highlander let’s see what it all comes up to.

  • The Sales Tax of California for a new Toyota Highlander bought in the year 2020 comes up to $3,307 while the Registration fee is $435. 
Why You Should Never Buy A New Car

Now compare that to the Sales tax and registration fee for a used Highlander form the year 2009.

  • Sales tax on a used Toyota Highlander from 2009 comes up to $1,045 while the Registration fee is $30.
Why You Should Never Buy A New Car

These numbers are significantly different from each other simply because the overall value for the car has dropped from the time of purchase.

Expect to Pay Higher Insurance Premiums

You can expect higher insurance premiums while buying a new car as compared to an older used car. The rates will depend on the kind of insurance provider you pick along with the state the car is registered in, the age and price of the car. 

  • New cars have higher rates because their retail value is greater, used cars are overall cheaper and have lower insurance premiums.
  • For a new 2020 Toyota Highlander monthly insurance premiums would lie in around $115 to $180 depending on the insurance provider.
    • National General – $180.00
    • Infinity – $156.00
    • SafeAuto – $119.00
  • On the other hand, for a used 2009 Toyota Highlander the monthly premiums range anywhere between $50 to $100 based on the provider.
    • National General – $91.00
    • Kemper – $88.00
    • Infinity – $55.00

New Cars Can Lead to Thefts

Though not all cars get broken into, it’s safer to have an older used car as they are not what thieves normally break into. This can depend on the condition of your car as well. 

There is a list of cars models that are frequently stolen the most and the numbers are shocking. Reading this piece has made me skeptical about buying a new car.

The newer the model, the more features and updated parts are included, this is a beacon for thieves to break into or even steal the whole car.

It Is A Constant Expense Rather Than An Investment

Without realizing you would end up paying a lot more over the course of a couple of years with a new car than you would if you had to choose a used car. 

This happens in the form of a domino effect; 

  • If you bought a new car by applying for a loan then you’re liable to pay extra to the banks in the form of interest and this carries on until the whole amount borrowed is paid back, by then you’re out a couple hundred to thousand dollars only on interest being paid to the bank.
  • Then you would be renewing your insurance premium at a higher rate than a used car
  • You will have to pay for the quarterly service and maintenance
  • If you’re in an accident and the new car is damaged pretty bad you’d have to shell out a bomb to the service center to have the parts replaced. Whereas, with a used car parts are cheaper and these can be serviced at local garages rather than the brand service center itself.

Buying A New Car Can Have Adverse Effects On The Environment

Yes, you read that right. New cars do in fact have adverse effects on the environment and this is mainly because of the number of cars on the roads already. Adding another one no matter how “Green” it may be does not help much in reducing the carbon footprint we leave behind on a daily basis. 

If everybody decides to buy either only used cars or electric vehicles then we may be able to reduce some of the damage done. New cars will only increase traffic jams, crowded parking lots, and an increase in pollution levels.

There are many factors to take into consideration before purchasing a new or used car. In general, cars in the broad sense (from manufacturing plants to drivers on the road) are one of the primary causes for our current levels of air pollution and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Fuel demand greatly increases when there are more cars on the road. 

All-in-All owning a car is not the smartest thing to do.

Pros And Cons Of Owning A New Car And A Used Car

Each has its own pros and cons making it best not to get into this topic and stick to something more ideal for our current situation, a good eBike or a new electric car.

Pros of buying a New CarCons of buying a New Car
Warranty from the manufacturer covering damages or faulty parts over a certain period of years.Much more expensive than a used car
You’re the first owner of the car making it “Your Baby”Depreciation in value starts from day 1 of owning the new car
Financing rates available are reasonably low and easy to manage.High state tax rates and registration fees
Pros of buying a Used CarCons of buying a Used Car
Cheaper than a new car by almost 40-45%Unknown usage history, number of accidents or mechanical issues
Depreciation in value is not significant from the date of purchase to the date of saleFinancing rates on used cars are greater than new cars
State taxes and Insurance premiums are much lower than a new carUsed car dealers markup their prices to get a profit on every car sold
User reviews and past owner details will be available about the specific model

Conclusion

I’m not telling you not to go ahead and buy a new car, that is solely up to you and if you’re able to handle the commitment. It just makes more sense to either buy a used car or ultimately choose another form of transportation if you plan on saving some money. 

With the rate at which cars are being pushed off the production line our world will soon be overrun by cars. 

I hope I have been able to convince you on why you should never buy a new car because according to me it’s simply the most ridiculous thing anyone can do.

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