Cars: Gas or Electric?

It’s 2019 and eco friendly living is everywhere, even at the dealership. By now we’ve all heard about how electric cars are creating a pathway to more sustainable transportation for the planet. Although it sounds like a great deal, there are two sides to every story so we put together some quick facts to look over before you head into the dealership.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what we’re talking about lets go over the basics. Electric cars are powered by the electricity in the electric grid, just like you plug in a lamp you also plug in your car just with a much larger wattage. They use rechargeable batteries to keep them running so no more nasty emissions and germy gas station breaks because you can charge your car right at home, and the best part? They’re virtually silent.

Of course we all know and probably drive a traditional gas guzzling car. They’ve been around since the beginning of cars themselves and since electric cars are new to the party, the options in the gas car world are seemingly endless.

Pros and Cons

Pros (Electric)

  • Smaller carbon footprint
  • Less maintenance
  • Can come in hybrid and fully electric
  • Federal and State Incentives

Pros (Gas)

  • Wider Variety of options
  • Gas Stations are everywhere
  • Powerful
  • Cheaper

Cons (Electric)

  • Upfront Costs are higher
  • Fewer Options
  • Charging stations are not as common as gas
  • Full charge takes longer than pumping gas

Cons (Gas)

  • Contributes to pollution
  • Poses a health risk to you and your loved ones
  • Uses fossil fuels
  • Gas prices

Although the pool of electric car options are small today, they are increasing every year. Tesla, Jaguar, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Nissan, BMW, Audi, Fiat, Kia, Ford, Hyundai, Smart, Toyota, and Honda are all already stepping into the electric car era. So if going electric is on your agenda for your next car then it might be worth your while to look into some of these brands that are already so well known. You might even find out that your favorite car brand has something a little more eco friendly.