I purchased an electric vehicle (EV) to get off of gasoline and it saves money. I switched from a 37 MPG Toyota Echo, which I own, to the LEAF, which I lease. I have saved over $200 after two months of ownership, including insurance. EV's far exceed internal combustion engine cars in performance, comfort and cost. Oh, our environment benefits as well. I have used lithium ion batteries for years in my mobile electronics, so I do know that technology and don't expect any surprises. The battery will last at least 8 years and at that point, only failing modules need replacing, not the entire battery. Which is, even at the current price point, is less expensive than the eight year cost of owning an ICE. Lack of DC quick charging installations are the major drawback, not range. I have access to just one quick charger right now and it is what enables me to drive the 150+ miles a day to various locations. After more of those are installed, the charge time will not be an issue.
"Do you have the idea of how much it can cost to charge the electric car on monthly basis if you choose to charge it everyday?"
You may not need to charge your car everyday unless you use it. According to the article, "110 miles in the Chevy Volt consumed 24.7kW. Multiply that by the $0.105 per kilowatt rate, and the result is a total cost of only $2.59, or an electric cost of $0.0235 per mile." The average one-waycommute time for americans is a drive-time of 25 minutes per day ((over an average distance of 16 miles). This means you don't have to charge your car every night.
Solar powered electric cars can be more efficient in sunshine regions. (see http://www.solarelectricalvehicles.com/). Batteries are charged on the go, but the technology is still in its infancy. "With the SEV solar system, the Toyota Prius can operate up to 30 miles per day in electric mode". There is still room for improvement.
Do you have the idea of how much it can cost to charge the electric car on monthly basis if you choose to charge it everyday? I will like to know if anyone has the idea. It is then that we can determine which one is cost effective.
I think hybrid cars with combined electrical and solar technology would ultimately lead the way in energy savings as well as be environmentally friendly. Solar or electric cars alone will continue to have their shortcomings.
The solar charged vehicle will be the best way to go. Electric charged vehicles are good innovations but you still have to pay electric bills. Natural energy to charge vehicles will be accepted world-wide
Here in India a couple of years back all the two wheeler manufacturers were quite eager to introduce Electric Scooters, by seeing that such vehicles have become very popular in Chinese metros. I my self was part of the EV two wheeler project for one of the company.
About 10 companies announced their product introductions and opened showrooms across India.
The rising gasolene prices was supposed to be the pull factor in favour of these EVs
Now today we see most these showrooms have shut their shop and the manufacturing companies have quietly disconituned EV manufactruing.
Unless EVs are available at comparable prices and unless we have a kind of Battery swapping ( exchange the discharged battery with a freshly recharged battery in minutes) , EVs are unlikely to be the vehicles of masses.
So what is stopping all those gasolene car owners from switching to these EVs?
@prabhakar_deosthali, to add to your list, one more major reason why people don't prefer electric vehicles in India is because of irregular power supply. During summer some parts of India get electricity only 12 hours per day. So its pretty difficult to own such vehicles when you know you can't charge those vehicles regularly.
I own a Prius. I don't think of it as an electric car (hybrid) as I still fill it up with gasoline like a regular car. As such I don't need to fret over how to get it recharged etc. Compared to other cars that get 60 mpg (Imp gallons) its drive is much smoother and more powerful because of the technology in there. It is 6 years old, has done 120k miles and never missed a beat once. If the Chevy proves to be as good as that it will do well. As for the Leaf the range is too small to be practical for general consumption. Might do well for city only use but it is very expensive.
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