Are electric cars overrated?

Are electric cars overrated?

Christian Barnes, Staff Writer

There is no doubt that electric cars created a scene in the car industry the last ten years. But are they as good as everyone claims?


As electric cars become more popular, people question how good they are for the environment. Scientists argue whether they are better or worse for the environment than gas or diesel vehicles. Ever since countries started to reduce pollution, electric cars became more common on streets.


Since electric cars have no tailpipe, they do not emit carbon dioxide emissions. This cuts down on pollution a lot. Because of the batteries in electric cars, gas and diesel vehicles actually create less emissions when produced. More efficient manufacturing techniques in the future will allow emissions created by batteries to decrease. As technology advances, reusing batteries will make electric cars better for the environment. According to the European Energy Agency, even with the electricity generation, electric cars emit 17 to 30 percent less carbon emissions than gas or diesel vehicles.

Electric cars are more and more common nowadays but will they take over gas and diesel powered vehicles? No one knows for sure but since they are cheaper to buy and maintain, there is a good chance that you will see more electric cars on the road than gas powered vehicles in the near future. If you look around, you will notice that more and more electric vehicle charging stations. There are specific locations in parking lots where charging stations exist so you can charge your vehicle.


“I definitely think electric cars will overtake standard gas powered vehicles especially considering their popularity today and the fact that they are much more environmentally friendly.” Says Edward.

The Norwegian city Oslo will be the first city in the world to install wireless charging stations for electric taxis. They plan on having a zero emission cab system by 2023. The goal is to install charging plates in the ground where the taxi parks. That way the taxi can charge while the driver waits for passengers. It is too much of a hassle for taxi drivers to go out of their way to find a charger and then wait for the car to charge. This project will get rid of this issue and will also reduce carbon emissions.


“I personally do not have a problem with electric cars. I for one think they are really brilliant and intuitive, but I personally would never drive one. I am a truck guy and will always be a truck guy. Gas trucks, not electric.” Says Tyler.


While it may seem obvious that electric cars are the better choice, like anything else, they do have their cons. For instance, electric cars can not travel as far as gas or diesel powered vehicles. Electric cars average a distance of 60 to 120 miles per charge while gas powered vehicles average a distance of 300 miles on a full tank of gas. Some luxury electric cars can reach up to 300 miles on a single charge but they are pretty pricey. Electric cars also take a long time to charge. It can take hours just to reach full capacity while with a gas or diesel powered vehicle, all you need to do is make a quick stop at the gas station.