Which is better: electric car or ICE car
Why you need to think ten times before transferring to an electric car.
Here it is, the revolution! Already about a million electric vehicles travel on the roads of our planet. They are bought not only by enthusiasts and champions of clean ecology, but also ordinary car owners who are tired of overpaying for expensive fuel. Be it gasoline or diesel. In Ukraine, there are not so many owners of electric cars yet: according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, at the beginning of 2016, slightly more than 560 cars with electric engines were registered. Part of the matter is the high cost of such a purchase. For example, the cost of the most popular electric car, Nissan Leaf, starts at 450 thousand UAH. For this money, if you work hard, you can buy a full-fledged sedan or hatchback, and even a small crossover. However, in many respects, from the mass transition to electric cars, they are hampered by their shortcomings, which are not customary to speak out loud so as not to undermine the authority of an environmentally friendly future .
Where is the outlet ?
“Catch a turtle” – that’s what the owners of electric cars call the situation when their car’s batteries are completely discharged and there is no charging source nearby. The small power reserve is indeed the main problem of all electric vehicles. Most cars on one charge travels no more than 200 – 220 km. Unless Tesla achieved the best results – up to 400 – 450 km. That is why you have to constantly calculate how many more batteries are stretched, and whether you urgently need to look for a socket. Moreover, the mileage from one charge “according to the passport”, as a rule, is 30 – 40% higher than the real one. Why? Yes, everything is simple: the stove, air conditioning, headlights, radio and even frosty weather outside the window eat up the battery reserves. And they discharge much faster. By the way, dashing riding gives the same effect .
Let me connect
Where to “refuel” is also a sore point. There are more and more charging stations for electric cars, and throughout Ukraine there are already a couple of hundred. But they are concentrated mainly in large cities (Kiev, Lviv, Odessa) and along key nodal routes, which complicates traveling over long distances, especially somewhere in the outback. Yes, from the owners of electric vehicles heard marvelous stories about how easy it is to charge car batteries by connecting to a conventional outlet. But there is also a catch: the charge speed, as well as the “buildup” of batteries, very much depends on the power of the mains. And household 3 – 5 kW may simply not be enough. Therefore, do not be surprised if overnight the batteries connected to the network instead of the promised 100% show only 40 – 50%.
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