A new report, Seeing is Believing, focuses on the fact that tackling global warming doesn’t just protect us from disaster, disease, and premature death; it can also result in considerable economic boons.
Joshua S Hill recently highlighted some of the electricity matters and the general story over on sister site CleanTechnica, but I wanted to also highlight a very interesting chart that I found in the report on the fact that electric cars can save you money (assuming you are an “average” person):
As the chart shows (but it may take awhile to notice, as it’s so full of information), typical total cost of ownership for some electric cars is lower than for comparable hybrid or gasoline vehicles (based on US driving, maintenance, and fuel averages).
- top-selling Toyota Prius Hybrid
- Honda Civic Hybrid
- Ford C-Max Hybrid
- Ford Fusion Hybrid
- Chevy Malibu LS
- Ford Fusion
- Toyota RAV4
- Honda Civic CNG
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Nissan LEAF S are cheaper for consumers than everything above and the basic Toyota Yaris and Toyota Prius C Hybrid.
Of course, this doesn’t take into account drive quality. Electric cars offer much better acceleration, a smoother ride, a quieter ride, cleaner air, and also the convenience of charging at home.
The biggest challenges to getting more people to adopt these electric cars and others is really just awareness. Awareness that electric cars are on the market. Awareness that they are better to drive. Awareness that they are more convenient (save you time not visiting gas stations). And awareness that they are often cheaper… in the long term.
If you haven’t tested out an electric car yet, I highly recommend it. There are all sorts of attractive electric cars on the market now. My favorites are the high-performance (and high-cost Tesla Model S) and the BMW i3, but I like almost all of them!
Chart via World Resources Institute