The electric car is already here. And, although there is still a long way to go until all the cars sold abandon gasoline or diesel as fuel, no one doubts that this revolution is unstoppable. It is clear that andhe future is the electric car. Late more or less. The question, in any case, is when to buy one.
Is this a good time to leave the combustion engine behind, taking advantage of the fact that you are going to change cars? To give an answer, it is necessary to start from the basis that currently manufacturers cannot cover the demand for electric cars by component and raw material restrictions. The microchip crisis has not yet been solved and prices continue to rise. So if you want an electric, get on the waiting list. Although beforehand, you should be clear about a series of points:
Evaluate if you can afford it
Buying an electric car involves a extra effort at the beginningbecause they are more expensive. The cheapest and most basic in equipment (the Dacia Spring) is 20,000 euros, and one more or less comparable to a gasoline car costs from 40,000 euros. If you can’t pay cash study what letter you can afford, considering that the monthly expenditure on gasoline or diesel would plummet when switching to electricity.
Assess whether you can apply for purchase aid and keep in mind that it could take a year to benefit from them. Note also that the prices will continue to rise for some time due to inflation, so it’s not a decision you should take long.
Calculate what autonomy you need
Speaking in silver, if you do not travel more than 150 kilometers a day, practically any current model can serve you. for figures less than 100 kilometers per day the plug-in hybrids they are very interesting too. The batteries must be sized according to the realistic usual needsand add a bit more to deal with seasonal performance differences.
If it is very difficult for us to do more than 200 km on a specific day, we do not need a range of 500 km. For specific needs, it is necessary to evaluate how much autonomy can be recovered with a fast recharge in transit, understanding as fast at least 50 kW.
Think that for a few trips a year nothing happens to spend 15, 30 or 45 minutes waiting for a recharge. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs and have a drink. You just have to change the chip. yes, you need plan the trip very well to avoid contingencies. Improvising with an electric, today, is not a good idea.
Ask yourself where you are going to recharge
If you are one of those who do not have the possibility of renting or buying a parking place that can be electrified or a home with easy access to a plug, you should investigate the public chargers in the area, free or paid. Depending on your lifestyle and foreseeable journeys, you can only use them, although you should study what power is available and how much time you need to recharge with regular use.
Start thinking about KWh (consumption) and kW (power)
In energy, 10 kWh is equivalent to 1 liter of gasoline or diesel. At 16 amps and 230 voltswe will achieve a maximum power of 3.68kw Traveling 100 kilometers can cost between 15 and 20 kWh of energy. The cost of maintenance will seem ridiculously low as you go on doing kilometers. ANDn urban use and traffic jams, where a thermal increases its consumption a lot, an electric one throws it to the ground. What most penalizes an electric is going at highway speed or above, but it still consumes less energy than a thermal.
If you have doubts about the benefits, you should know that many electric models are equivalent to others with a combustion engine with totally usual capacity, luggage compartment and features, and even have higher powers than what one considers for normal use. Think that the model that reaches 200 or 300 CV has the consumption of a lighter.