Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular in Sri Lanka as they offer a number of benefits over traditional gas-powered vehicles. These benefits include cost savings, efficiency, and environmental friendliness. Here are some key facts about electric cars that are worth knowing.
First and foremost, electric vehicles are not a passing trend. They are becoming more affordable each year and consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of plugging in instead of fueling up. In fact, a recent survey by Consumer Reports found that 71 percent of U.S. drivers would consider buying an EV in the future, and one third of the respondents said an EV would be their next purchase.
Another interesting fact about electric cars is that the first electric vehicle was actually created in 1832, long before gasoline-powered cars became the norm. Today, electric cars are more efficient than gas-powered cars, with up to 80 percent of the battery energy powering the vehicle, compared to just 14-26% of the energy from a gasoline-powered car.
In terms of cost savings, an EV would cost only $1 in energy to travel the same distance as a gallon of gas, which currently averages $3.04. This can add up to significant savings over time, particularly for those who frequently drive long distances.
Electric cars are also faster than many sports cars, with a Tesla Roadster boasting an acceleration speed of 0 to 60 in just 1.9 seconds, faster than a Ferrari or Lamborghini. And while nearly half of all EVs in the world are in China, roughly 96% of EV owners would buy or lease another one, according to AAA.
It’s worth noting that electric cars come in three main types: Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, and consumers should choose the type that best suits their needs.
In terms of how electric cars work, they are powered by an electric motor instead of a gas-powered combustion engine. An EV’s battery can be charged at home or at an EV charging station, and drivers may notice some differences from gas-powered vehicles, such as quiet operation and marked deceleration.
Overall, electric cars are a viable and increasingly popular alternative to gas-powered vehicles, and are well-suited for Sri Lanka’s climate and geography. As the country moves towards a more sustainable future, electric cars will undoubtedly play a key role in reducing emissions and promoting a cleaner environment.