The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has an extraordinary proposition of phasing out gas-powered vehicles by 2035. That would only mean the total embrace of electric cars. As much as that is an excellent move of protecting the environment, whether that is achievable remains a mystery.
One hindrance to the transformation is the source of power. When homes and businesses can’t have lights all the time, one might wonder when the state is ready for electric vehicles. Where will the residents find the power to charge their cars? The Governor has a lot to say about that, though.
However, the focus of this piece is to shed light on electric vehicles. One of the frequently asked questions revolves around its acceleration. According to a renowned car race driver Brad Niemcek, you will love the acceleration. As much as most people think that EVs lack pick-up, it is far from the truth. After all, from the word go, the electric motor always has the full torque. So, don’t hesitate to buy an electric vehicle simply because you are worried about the acceleration.
Another unfounded worry is that of range anxiety and a scenario of drivers being stranded. Again, that is far from the truth since EVs can go up to 80 miles after a full charge. The plug-in hybrid ones which combine gasoline and electricity, can go up to 300 miles. Therefore, given the U.S. Department of Transportation data suggests that most drivers cover an average of 40 miles in a day, the possibility of the anticipated scenario to occur is relatively low. The advancement of Tesla’s models S and X will also see the cover shoot to 370 miles and 325 miles, respectively. So, that concern is also uncalled for, no doubt.
A place to charge your EV should also not bother you. That’s because you don’t need a unique electrical outlet to charge the car while at home. You get to charge it the same way you charge other household appliances. Nowadays, you will also come across many public charging stations. Every shopping center, interstate rest stop, and auto serving station have a charging station. There is also a possibility of many more public charging stations coming up within no time.
It is okay to use either a 120-volt electrical outlet or a 240-volt AC outlet. The former will take 30 hours to fully charge the car, whereas the latter will do that with only five and a half hours. According to ChargePoint, a company that installs a lot of charging stations around the United States streets, 80% of the users charge their EVs from home.
With a million EVs sold in the United States by 2018, it is clear that the point raised by the Wall Street Journal stating that EVs are still a novelty no longer holds water. The transition seems unstoppable despite various issues that had been raised in the past. So, even though the executive order of Governor Newsome will see the light of the day, all will be well.