5 Reasons For Choosing An Electric Car

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Renault ZOE owner Séverin Groisne authored a post that appeared on the Renault-Nissan blog. The brief article focuses on exactly what the title states:

Five Reasons To Choose An EV

And here are those 5 reasons, along with a brief intro from Groisne:

When it comes to electric cars, it’s very difficult to find balanced advice… You have the idealists on the one hand, and the very sceptical people on the other. I’m going to try to be objective in demonstrating to you that driving electric can be just plain ‘normal’. So here are five good reasons why you should take a closer look at the electric option:

1/ NO MORE VISITS TO GAS STATIONS!
Petrol stations are so glamorous… Not! So no more nasty smells and greasy pump handles… plus you get to recharge your car at home at a modest cost.

2/ 70% OF DAILY DRIVES IN FRANCE ARE UNDER 50 KM
So even if a full tank lets you cover the length of France in a conventionally-powered car if the desire suddenly grips you, the ‘limited’ range of an electric vehicle is sufficient MOST OF THE TIME. Just remember to plug your car in just like you remember to recharge your phone.

3/ THE WORLD OF SILENCE
A quiet car encourages cool, smooth driving. You’ll find yourself less aggressive, especially on city streets. And you don’t need to turn up the radio volume anymore!

4/ MINIMAL SERVICING
Other than changing the interior air filter and checking things like tyres and brakes for wear, there’s nothing to do. No oil changes, no cam belt, no spark plugs… These things do count in terms of overall cost of ownership.

5/ THESE DAYS, THEY LOOK GOOD TOO
The days of characterless, unappealing electric cars are gone. My little ZOE is great to look at and even my kids are proud of it 😉

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1) Uses less energy, and you can generate electricity from renewable energy. No kowtowing to foreign dictators, and no military needed to defend it, either.

2) Much better to drive – smoother, quieter, and quicker when it counts.

3) Lower cost per mile to drive, and virtually no regular maintenance.

4) More convenient – just plug it in at home, and never wait in line at the gas station again.

5) Cleaner over time, as our grid gets cleaner.

I have to dispute the “less aggressive” thing. Since driving an EV, I’m more likely to floor it when it pleases me because I don’t have to worry about making an ass out of myself with the loud engine revving.

+1. I used to “brake check” tailgaters, now I like to just leave them in the dust…..

I always drive in high regen mode, so tailgaters just get me to remove my foot from the accelerator. No brake lights and a significant slowdown.

I agree with the less aggressive driving aspect. I am definitely more efficiency-minded when driving my Electric, and I tend to drive more slowly and more carefully.

I think that when you’re driving a combustion car, there’s a subconscious thought that every minute the engine is running blows more heat and pollution into the sky, and that stress leads to aggression.

When I pull up to a stoplight and listen to all the idling engines around me I feel a little sad and frustrated, but that goes away when I punch the accelerator and turn some more stored electric energy into kinetic energy.

By less “aggressive”, I think he meant, “less prone to road rage”. 🙂

I would hardly consider number 2 and 5 reasons. And number 1 is at least a reason but probably the poorest you could give for EVs.

There are so many great reasons to go electric for every type of person that it’s almost ridiculous so why didn’t they pick five reasons out of those?

FAIL.

Altho it’s an interesting commentary on what at least one person in France thinks is important in a car, and how different that is from the American mainstream. But I doubt even most French are so unconcerned about cost that they would barely mention it as an afterthought.

More specifically, the cost of charging vs. the cost of buying fuel. At least that list -does- make the lower maintenance cost one of the important points.

It does state “with modest cost of charging”
Ain’t very precise, but it’s there.