While we can’t predict the future too precisely, certain things seem to be clear. One thing that we do know is that climate change is happening now and will likely be worse if we don’t do anything about it.
A solid prediction is that electric cars are going to be much more mainstream in the near future. And one day they may be the only option as we seek to get rid of combustion engines altogether as they are major polluters.
With the entire world pretty much shut down, we can see how quickly the air can clean itself and reverse course. With this in mind, it is a safe bet to say that we will make the switch one day.
If you don’t know much about electric cars, then read on for a quick primer on some of the most frequently asked questions. Maybe you will see that an electric car is right for you.
How do you charge an electric car?
There is a special outlet that you will need to install in your house to be able to charge your car. When you are done for the day, you plug it in and it will charge through your home electricity.
It takes an average of 8 hours to fully charge an electric car. That is when you have an almost empty battery. Most people prefer to top up their car rather than wait for it to be almost dead.
In some states, there are loads of charging stations where you can plug in and charge up. California Tesla charging stations are very common so topping up in that state is easily done.
In other states, there are plenty of parking lots that have a hookup so you can charge your car while you are at work or out shopping.
Will electric cars get cheaper?
Price is the biggest barrier to mass adoption at this point. These electric cars do not come cheap. In some cases, you are paying for luxury and not just the expense of the car being electric in and of itself.
But, even a run of the mill style commuting car can be out of reach of some people. However, prices are dropping every year with advances in rechargeable battery technology. It’s predicted that in the next few years, electric cars will be comparable in price with a combustion engine car.
More than half of the cost to build an electric vehicle is tied to the battery. As the cost of the batteries drop, so will the base price of the car.
How long does an electric car last?
As I just mentioned, the technology is changing quickly so this may be out of date soon, but right now an electric car can last around 200,000 miles. While there are no engine parts that will eventually wear down like in a regular one, the batteries will get to a point in which they no longer charge.
As the technology improves, an electric car can go on for much longer than the current 200,000 estimate.