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The Fight of the Electric Car

In the past few decades there has been a big  increase in demand by consumers for an alternative energy source other than gasoline regarding vehicles and transportation. Companies have attempted every imaginable configuration for powering a car, diesel, hydrogen, and steam powered are just a few of the more normal energies attempted. However in the past few years the field of electric cars available on the market has truly started to explode. But not many are seen on the road on a daily basis and that is because some the cost and benefits just don’t seem to make sense.

Electric cars in the past few years have really started to advance in the area that has always been their Achilles heel , fuel range. Time Magazine talks about how the MPG (miles per gallon) of and average gasoline burning vehicle often far exceed the MPC (miles per charge) of electric vehicles. This is why many companies such as Tesla and Fisker have developed charging systems in the cars that charge the cars while either driving, through solar panels in the roof, or through regenerative braking. Companies have been able to take electric cars from the shadows of the gas powered cars that could drive 200-300 hundred miles per tank, to leading them with the near 400 mile per charge RIMAC. The new wave of electric cars with plenty of range seem to be drawing drivers of gas powered cars to the more environmentally friendly electric car.

The first problem that most consumers see in the electric car fleet is the amount of pollution it takes to make the cars and more specifically the batteries themselves that power the cars. The car research website Car Connection wrote an article  about how it takes far more energy to build, drive, and destroy a Toyota Prius, what is considered the poster boy of hybrid and electric cars everywhere, than it does to do the same to a “gas guzzler” like the Hummer H2 SUV or Dodge Viper sports car. The production of a electric car battery requires a massive amount of resources that have to be shipped all over the world on polluting ocean freighters, then into polluting factories and then into cars, and unfortunately to hurt the electric cars even more, their batteries do not last nearly as long as those of normal gas production cars. iStock_polluting shipThese batteries also require a much more energy consuming and usually less Eco-friendly proses of breaking down the batteries after use, which also discourages environmentally conscious potential buyers from purchasing these cars.

Lastly, the electric car market has had its problems with cost, not cost benefit cost, but true monetary cost. With the price of a minimalist electric car running between 25 and 30 thousand dollars many buyers are dissuaded due to their starting prices or the sky high, top of the line, bank busting, million Fisker-Karma-fire.jpg&MaxW=630dollars plus needed to be shelled out for the above mentioned RIMAC.  These cars make the high mpg gas powered cars produced by Chevrolet and Ford that cost a mere 13 thousand dollars that produce a near 40 mpg. Electric cars are not for those on a tight budget due to their high prices and this is before maintenance is factored in, or risk. In recent months there have been many reports of the electric based hybrid Fisker Karma, a mainly electric powered performance car that has a gas engine for high speed when wanted by the driver, suddenly exploding in a ball of flame. This has not only led to many injuries, but also the impending bankruptcy of Fisker due to lawsuits and government fines. There is still much research and development needed in the safety and production cost of electric cars.

Electric cars are just breaking on to the mainstream market, and for that reason they have a lot of advancing to do before their benefits out weigh the costs enough to  make electric cars an everyday product used by a majority of the people. Even for the eco friendly fanatics their are still many problems with the ways these cars are produced and how polluting that can be. The safety of these cars also comes into question as well as their range of transportation on a single charge. While electric cars may be new to the market, they are extremely young in their development and need much advancement before the average person will want one, let alone have one, due to the costs, for now, far outweighing the benefits.

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