Thermal vs. electric: how to choose the vehicle best suited to your needs?
Are you considering the purchase of a new vehicle but are unsure whether you should opt for a combustion or electric model? In this article, we will review the different criteria to consider to help you make an informed choice.
1. The price
Although government subsidies have significantly reduced the purchase cost of electric cars, they are still more expensive than combustion models. However, in the long run, the cost of operating an electric car can be lower than that of a combustion model. This is because electric car owners save on maintenance costs because, unlike combustion models, they do not have to deal with high maintenance costs such as oil changes or filter replacement. Batteries do not require regular servicing and are usually guaranteed for 8 years.
2. Carbon footprint
One of the main arguments against electric cars is that the manufacturing of batteries is very carbon intensive. While this is true, the overall carbon footprint of an electric car also depends on how the electricity is produced in a given region. In France, the majority of electricity comes from nuclear power, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint of electric cars. Moreover, if we compare the carbon footprint of an electric car to that of a combustion model over 10,000 km, the electric car wins hands down.
The main drawback of electric cars is currently their range and the time required to recharge. However, as technology evolves, electric car ranges are increasing and charging time is decreasing. In addition, more and more charging stations are being installed in cities and highways, making it easier to use. In addition, many cities are beginning to ban the most polluting vehicles and set up traffic zones reserved for electric vehicles, which makes this mode of transportation more attractive.
Now that you have all the information you need, you can choose the type of vehicle that best suits your needs. Electric cars are more expensive to purchase, but offer long-term savings due to lower operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint. In addition, technology is rapidly evolving to meet the needs of the user, making electric cars increasingly practical and usable on a daily basis.