A Quick Look at Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: Their Benefits and Possible Drawbacks

 

There is no doubt that electric and hybrid vehicles have been making industry waves in recent times.  Some even feel that these modern alternatives are set to replace traditional units altogether.  Still, how realistic is this assumption?  What are the main advantages of this technology and are there any hindrances which should be mentioned?  Let us break this technology down into a few easily digestible sections in order to better answer such important questions.

 

The Primary Features and Benefits

 

The main benefit of either class is the fact that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced or eliminated entirely.  As fossil fuels are not their primary energy source, drivers will not be subject to the whims associated with the price of oil.  In other words, they will save a  great deal of money over time.

 

It should also be mentioned that electric and hybrid vehicles can now achieve or exceed the miles per gallon normally associated with their traditional counterparts.  The same holds true in regards to the speed of many units.  Another final advantage of these vehicles is that their technology is advancing at a breakneck pace.  This has resulted in two scenarios.  First, issues such as the longevity of a hydrogen fuel cell battery are quickly becoming things of the past.  The second windfall of this progression is that the average price of such vehicles is beginning to drop.  As this was one of the main sticking points in the past, consumers should soon be able to choose from a wide array of makes and models.

 

Are There Any Downsides?

 

To be fair, it should be pointed out that any new technology will have its own set of drawbacks.  Electric and hybrid vehicles are certainly no different.  One of the main issues which consumers cite is that there are relatively few recharging points available on the open road.  Thus, they are concerned about becoming suddenly stranded while out and about.  The other major issue is that the selection of hybrid and (particularly) all-electric vehicles is relatively slim when compared to normal units.  So, there are fewer choices and the price points are not nearly as flexible.

 

The other potential problem involves how long it will take for this industry to grow to the point where its vehicles become commonplace.  The simple fact of the matter is that big business and oil in particular is likely to opposed all-electric and hybrid vehicles to an extent.  This has already occurred in the past and there is no reason to expect that it will change in the future.  So, it is still not certain when the average consumer will be presented with viable options to fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

 

Brands To Look Out For In 2019

 

Jaguar I-PACE

The model is Jaguar's first all-electric car. The car comes at a price of $69,500 with a 90 kWh battery. Its dual motors which give the car 4-wheel drive capability make it superior to any SUV on the market which is gasoline-powered. A drawback of the model is its efficiency - 2.6 miles per kWh making it necessary to stop and recharge it more often.

 

Audi e-tron

The dual-motor e-tron is expected to be in showrooms around June 2019. It costs $74,800 and comes with a 95 kWh battery. The dual motor is not as quick as the I-PACE but it has bigger towing capacity. Even though the it is less stylish, it is still a luxury electric SUV to look out for.

 

Hyundai Kona Electric

This is a solution for people who are looking for an affordable all-electric vehicle. Stylish looking, with a single-electric motor, the Hyundai Kona Electric is priced at $36,450. It has one of the highest ratings when it comes to efficiency - 4.03 miler per kWh.

 

Kia Niro Electric

The Kia Niro Electric is the mechanical twin of the Kona and it will be in showrooms in late 2019. Less stylish but with more leg room, the model will sell at the price of $40,000. It has the same battery as the Hyundai Kona Electric - 64 kWh.

 

Tesla Model 3

There is no other way to finish things off but with Tesla's new model. The Model 3 has a dual motor, which responds to changes in 10 milliseconds. The car has the quickest acceleration - 0 to 60 mph in only 3.3 seconds. Safety is a big thing for the model as well - it resists 4 times its own mass. The brand new Tesla costs $46,500 and will be released in summer 2019.