Electric vehicles are not a passing trend; they become more affordable each year and consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of plugging in instead of fueling up. A recent survey found that some interesting electric car facts:
- The first electric vehicle was created in 1832. (Energy.gov)
- An EV would cost only $1.22 in energy to travel the same distance as a gallon of gas, which currently averages $3.83. (Energy.gov, AAA)
- The majority of EV car sales are in three markets: China, Europe and the United States. China leads the way with 60 percent of EV car sales globally. (IEA)
- EV car usage is on target to avoid the use of 5 million barrels of oil per day by 2030 (IEA)
- 77 percent of people who want to purchase an electric vehicle cite saving money on gas as the primary reason. (AAA)
- More than one-third of Americans would “definitely” or “seriously consider buying an electric vehicle if they were to purchase a new car today (Consumer Reports).
Pros and cons of electric cars
Electric vehicles have come a long way in the last few years, but still have much more room for improvement. In addition to the electric car facts already covered, consider the following benefits and drawbacks.
- Energy-efficient: EVs directly convert more than 85 percent of electrical energy into motion, compared to internal combustion engines, which convert less than 40 percent.
- Lower maintenance costs: EVs do not have an engine that needs maintenance or oil replacement. And in the case of pure-electric vehicles, brake use is minimal due to the regenerative braking that automatically slows the car down when you let your foot off the accelerator.
- Smaller environmental impact: EVs do not emit pollutants from tailpipes and do not require as much (or sometimes any) gasoline.
- Cost: While electric cars have become much cheaper, they are still more expensive than gasoline-powered vehicles. At the end of 2022, the average new car cost $49,507, while an average EV was $61,448, according to Kelley Blue Book. However, electric vehicle brands like VinFast are in turn launching vehicle segments with increasingly detailed price differentiation, giving customers more choices when considering the right EV for them. .
- Range: According to Energy.gov, electric vehicles can only travel 260 to 400 miles on one charge, depending on the model. But with the continuous improvement of battery technology, the range of electric vehicles can be increasingly extended.
- Charging: Charging an EV takes much longer than filling up a car with fuel. Charging a new electric vehicle can take up to 12 hours using a Level 2 charger.
And of course VinFast is still making efforts to help the VF8 and VF9 models overcome the common disadvantages of conventional EVs and at the same time apply advanced technologies to make the car more and more perfect, bringing exciting driving experience for customers.
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