Eletric car disadvantages

While they have many advantages over gasoline-powered cars, electric cars have some disadvantages, most of which are tied to their batteries. By not storing as much energy as a fuel tank, its autonomy is relatively low, this is a big problem if the car is used to make a trip where they do not have many recharging stations. In addition to this low autonomy, recharge time is another problem, requiring at least eight hours to fully charge the car.

Recharge station

Recharge station for eletric cars

Its batteries are very heavy (a battery of a Tesla roadster weighs 992 lbs) and its durability is not so high, for losing about 10% of its load capacity per year, it is necessary to replace its battery in a period of 3 To 10 years (fairly expensive service).

Lithium-ion battery

Lithium-ion battery prototype for the Chevrolet Spark

In addition to problems with batteries, electric engines reach much lower peak speeds compared to combustion engines, a factor that hinders when the car is being used on a highway.

Electric engine

Electric engine used in a eletric car

Lastly, the cost of electric vehicles is much higher compared to gasoline-powered vehicles; For example, the Nissan Leaf has a cost of $ 33,000 and the Chevrolet Volt costs $ 40,000. This is due to the high cost of ion batteries that are used to make the electric engine work. Other than that, the cost of insurance for electric cars is greater than insurance for gasoline-powered cars because of the danger of running out of power in some place where they do not have nearby recharge points and electricity-related hazards.