Electric Cars Vs. Gas Cars

Electric Cars Vs. Gas Cars

In the past, having a car that you plugged in every night might have seemed like something out of a Sci-fi movie, or something the radical environmentalists down the street did. Nobody really owns those cars, do they? As fuel prices edge up higher every time you pass a gas station, electric cars seem to be catching on with the general public more now than ever before. But what exactly is the difference between an electric car and a gas powered car? Are they really more efficient than gas powered vehicles? Would you and your family benefit from having one? These are important questions to ask as you explore the pros and cons of electric cars and see if they might become the car of your future.

See How They Run

Electric cars run on a battery that has to be recharged. These batteries have been one of the major drawbacks for electrical cars, but with each new generation of cars the batteries get lighter, smaller and last longer than before. Depending on your lifestyle, the current market of electrical cars comes with batteries that seem to make having a battery much less of an issue than even five years ago; most expect that will continue to improve, too. Gas powered cars run on…well, gas. Gas powered cars are actually quite inefficient in taking that gas and turning it into something that moves your car. Most of that power is lost to heat, which explains the oil, coolant, and radiator in a gas powered car which all help to cool it down. Overall, electric cars are much more efficient in actually moving with less mechanical stuff under the hood through features such as your engine shutting off at stops.

Range and Convenience 

This is that category where gas cars still manage to take the cake. Having to plug your car in for hours on end, instead of filling up at the gas station in a matter of minutes, for most people, is a huge price to pay for an electric car. There is also the thought of infrastructure. In most places in America, there is a gas station on every corner, allowing for a plethora of choices when it comes to refueling gas powered cars. Not so much with electric powered cars. (Although more gas stations these days are equipped with a public charger, it’s usually a limited number.) Another concern is the range of an electric car. Current battery technology makes electric cars have significantly less range than gas powered cars, making long trips not possible with electric cars.


Electric cars were made to be kinder to the environment, and they are. Skeptics argue, however, that if you source the electricity needed to charge an electric car from coal, then you are still putting out the same amount of carbon emissions as a gas powered car. Electric car enthusiasts counter that there are still thousands of other electric cars which are not powered by coal and that results in a lower carbon footprint overall. Electric cars represent an important step in reducing emissions and our dependency on fossil fuels. As more and more people jump on the electric car bandwagon, the cars will become even more practical and might even have a future with you.

This guest post was written by Freedom Rims, a Responsible Military Lender since 1983. Freedom Rims offers rims financing for a variety of performance rims and tires including ICW Racing and Ballistic Rims throughout the USA.

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