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Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  June 7, 2024

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is in full swing, with more models available each year. As interest in electric cars grows, it’s important to understand the nuances and tradeoffs involved. This guide will cover the pros and cons of EVs to help you decide if one is right for you. 


How Do Electric Cars Work?

Electric vehicles (EVs) run on motors powered by rechargeable battery packs, unlike traditional cars, which use an internal combustion engine. EVs use electricity stored in the battery to move the vehicle.

The battery pack, usually under the car’s floor, is charged via an electrical outlet or charging station. When the driver presses the accelerator, the electric motor quickly turns this stored energy into mechanical force, making the car accelerate.


Types of Electric Vehicles

  1. All-Electric Vehicles (AEVs): Powered only by electricity from a battery pack, like the Tesla Model S or Nissan Leaf. They must be recharged by plugging into an electrical source. 
  2. Plug-in hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs): Combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. They can run on electricity alone for 20 to 50 miles before the gas engine kicks in. Examples are the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Prime.

Pros and Cons of Electric Cars


Pros of Electric Cars

  • Reduced emissions: Electric vehicles produce zero direct emissions, making them a more environmentally friendly option than traditional cars. 
  • Lower fuel costs: Charging an electric vehicle at home is usually much cheaper than fueling a gas-powered car. The cost per mile for an EV is often a fraction of the price of a gasoline vehicle. 
  • Quiet and smooth ride: Electric motors are virtually silent, providing a more peaceful and enjoyable driving experience, especially at lower speeds. 
  • Government incentives: Governments worldwide offer incentives to promote electric vehicle adoption. These incentives, like tax credits and rebates, can cut the initial cost of an electric car. Some governments also offer perks like carpool lane access, free parking, and cheaper charging rates. 
  • Lower maintenance costs: EVs have fewer moving parts, which means they require less maintenance and repair. Electric motors don’t need oil changes, transmission servicing, or exhaust system maintenance, saving you money and reducing the hassle of regular upkeep. 
  • Instant torque and acceleration: Electric motors deliver instant torque, which means they can provide immediate acceleration. This results in quick and responsive acceleration, making EVs feel zippy and fun to drive. The instant torque is also handy when merging and passing on the highway. 

Cons of Electric Cars

  • Limited driving range: While EV ranges have improved in recent years, most models still fall short of the typical driving range of gasoline-powered vehicles. 
  • Longer charging times: Even with the fastest charging stations, an electric car can take several hours to charge, unlike the quick refueling of a gas-powered vehicle. 
  • Charging infrastructure: Finding a charging station may take some research or planning, depending on where you live. Additionally, charging times can be longer compared to refueling with gasoline, especially when using standard level 2 chargers
  • Higher upfront cost: Electric cars generally have a higher sticker price than their traditional counterparts, though long-term cost savings can offset this difference. 
  • Battery degradation and replacement: An EV’s battery pack can degrade over time, reducing its driving range. Replacing a battery pack can be an expensive proposition.

Does the Lemon Law Apply to EVs?

Yes! California’s Lemon law, a consumer protection law for faulty vehicles, covers electric cars too, but only if they meet the following criteria:

  • The vehicle must have a significant defect impairing its use, value, or safety. 
  • The defect must occur within the manufacturer’s warranty period or within 18 months of the car’s delivery. 
  • The manufacturer must have had a reasonable number of attempts to fix the defect, typically at least four repairs for the same issue, two for a serious defect, or over 30 days out of service.

Contact Our California Lemon Law Firm Today

If you bought an electric vehicle in California with persistent issues, the experienced attorneys at Norman Taylor & Associates are here to help! We specialize in California lemon law and can protect your rights.

Call 818-244-3905 or contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your options.

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