Electric cars, yay or nay?
Established in 2003, founders Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning wanted to prove that electric cars could be better than gas-powered vehicles. Eberhard and Tarpenning found it fit to name their electronically powered revelation after the late Nikola Tesla, the electrical engineer and inventor of the AC induction motor. The first car off the production line came out in 2008- the Tesla Roadster. Accelerating from 0 to 60 3.7 seconds, these eco-friendly beasts provide instant torque and can range up to 245 miles on one charge to its lithium battery.
Now, question IS…
Are these vehicles a much better choice for our overall needs as a society? AND are they really that eco-friendly?
Lets look at some facts….
Pros include: Quiet, quicker engine. Cheaper than the price of gas. No tailpipe=no emissions. The cost of maintenance is substantially reduced because there is no exhaust system and no oil change is needed.
Cons: There is a limited range of distance and outlets are scarce as of today (3 ‘stations’ in MN). It takes longer to ‘refuel’-approx. half a tank in a 20 minuet charge (As of this year 2016 the average top range is 200 miles). Tesla’s price range is between $70,000 to $105,000… NOT in the average person’s budget and not including the cost of battery outlet installation….
So, while the Tesla has overall good intentions, I think that the affordability of this vehicle puts its own issues in the way. If this was a vehicle made to be environmental friendly why not make it affordable so the cause goes a lot further than how much money one has in their pocket?
Fun fact: Nikola Tesla worked along side Thomas Edison. He emigrated to the US from Serbia and came to America to IMPROVE American life by designing ways to make life easier. His patents and ideas were stolen from him by multiple colleagues, he was left penniless, lost his businesses, and even lost all his work in a fire… and yet, he still triumphed over all and his ideas are still being used today.
And in any progressing world, ideas need time to become perfected to overall make its impact on the cause they are after. Thus, Tesla is attempting to make an all around affordable eco-vehicle, ranging from $30,000-$40,000. It is to be expected that by 2030 or so, that the gas-powered vehicles will soon become obsolete and electric cars will be the dawn of a new era as an attempt to better our environment.
But frankly as of today, I don’t believe that this brilliant man wished to invest his time to make something beautiful for the rest of the world, only to have a few appreciate it because they could put their best dollar forward.
Only time will tell what Tesla can stir up for a better recipe to console our economy woes, ideas are always the first step-hopefully their intentions prove to be positive and we can live and breathe a much fresher, cleaner life knowing we have made an impact in history.