In a world increasingly conscious of the environment, electric vehicles have been at the helm of cutting down fossil fuels. You would think, considering how surrounded we are by climate change’s harsh realities, we would be jumping at the prospect of electronic vehicles that do not spout pollution into our already tainted atmosphere. However, the numbers don’t reflect that. In fact, the percentage of new car sales in 2015 being directed to electronic vehicles was less than one percent. Astounding, but understandable when you look at electronic vehicles in a side-by-side comparison with their internal combustion brothers and sisters. Perhaps the most significant question that is raised out of such a comparison, is how far can an electronic car go on “one tank,” or rather, one charge. Here are three of the most popular electric vehicles and the range they boast:
Chevy Volt (53 Miles)
With a fully charged battery, the Chevy Volt claims to be able to travel a full range of 53 solely electric miles. While certainly a considerable distance, it seems this range would be best reserved for merely traveling to and from work. For any individual considering an interstate, or even an international, trip, the Chevy Volt is not a viable choice. While of course, interstate travel is surely not the deciding factor when purchasing an automobile, it is a factor nonetheless; and the fact that the Chevy Volt is one of the longer lasting batteries presents a problem to a mass consumer migration to EV’s.
Tesla Model S (270 Miles)
This sporty sedan not only beckons customers forth with its hit aerodynamic aesthetic, but also draws them in with a larger, 270 mile range. This increase in range decreases the new phenomenon known as “range anxiety,” all the while boasting a more than capable engine with a body that makes heads turn. However, there is a catch, the price. At 85,000$, the Tesla Model S is not necessarily a budget vehicle.
Chevy Spark (82 Miles)
This remarkably small vehicle boasts 82 miles on a single charge and only costs 25,170$, a huge reduction when compared with the Tesla. Of course, the aesthetics and performance of the Spark do not quite match that of Tesla, as I imagine is expected. At 128 miles per gallon in the city, the Spark’s gas reduction perfomance is unparalleled. For comparison, the Tesla sits at 95/mpg city.