Nowadays there are a multitude of engines and fuel sources for our vehicles. Each has their upsides and downsides. This article is meant to be a reference in helping you choose the best powertrain/energy source for your lifestyle. Today, we discuss the merits and drawbacks of Electric.
Taking the hybrid concept a step further, electric vehicles (EVs) use no fuel and produce no emissions, although some posit production requires more energy and natural resources to make EV components compared to a normal petrol engine. Running costs are minimal. As with hybrids, driving style and environment can significantly impact EV range and performance. Driving aggressively quickly drains an EV’s batteries, as do hills or mountains, while heat or hot climates can degrade storage capacity. As such, EVs are most optimal for individuals who have easy access to vehicle charge ports and do a lot of their driving in cities or have shorter commutes. On the plus side, because EVs have far fewer moving parts than cars with internal combustion engines, they tend to have stellar reliability, with longevity only limited by battery condition.
EVs aren’t all that established in Israel. The most established line of EVs is the Renault Fluence ZE, produced by a company called Better Place in conjunction with Renault. It should be noted that Better Place is no longer in business; it is no longer possible to buy a new model, and all pre-owned model upkeep and maintenance will be performed by Renault. The Fluence ZE is very economical to drive and cheap to insure, as most EVs are, but range is limited to 100 kilometers per charge – perfect for city or suburban commutes, not so great for long highway trips. Charging EVs can actually be accomplished right outside your house, and in the case of the Fluence ZE, one can have a charger built inside your garage for a fee.
At present, there are no new EVs on sale in Israel. If you are really set on an EV, an alternative is a plug-in hybrid such as the Mitsubishi Outlander. Consisting of an electric motor, battery, and a petrol engine, these vehicles have an electric-only range of between 32 – 64 kilometers before the petrol motor kicks in to recharge the onboard batteries. In the case of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid, electric-only range is rated at 52 kilometers. This class of vehicle perfectly bridges the gap between hybrids and EVs. Efficient, practical, cheap to run, and without the anxiety of range restrictions, plug-in hybrids should make your short list of cars to consider.
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