The electric vehicle market has been growing at a pretty fast rate in the past few years, mainly thanks to high gas prices and government incentives. Electric car sales have even surpassed hybrid vehicle sales, which used to be the best-selling alternative fuel vehicles for a long time, before the first affordable all-electric vehicles were introduced to the market. While both electric and hybrid cars are very eco-friendly and fuel-efficient, there are differences between them, mainly in regards with emission levels, with electric cars being zero-emission, and hybrids being low-emission vehicles, as well as range. However, they are a very good alternative for everyone who wants to save money on gas and reduce air pollution.
While some car makers offer both of these types of alternative fuel vehicles, there are companies that either make hybrids or electric cars. For example, Toyota only make hybrids and are not planning on developing an electric car any time soon, mostly because they don’t think there is a market for it. General Motors have also preferred hybrids over electric cars for a long time, thinking that they are not economically viable. But, General Motors have changed their minds in recent years, and are now offering the all-electric Chevrolet Spark, and are planning to make an electric car that will have twice the range of an average electric car.
On the other hand, there are several auto makers that have been making full-on electric cars for years and have had huge success with them. That’s the case with Nissan and Honda, which are the manufacturers of some of the world’s most popular and best-selling electric cars. Nissan makes the Leaf, the best-selling highway-capable fully electric car in the world, with a range of over 100 miles, while Honda has had quite a success with its Fit EV, which has a range of about 80 miles per one charge.
These companies have dedicated themselves to making efficient, zero-emission electric cars because they believe these types of cars are economically and environmentally more viable than hybrids, and are convinced that demand for them will be even greater in the future.
At the moment, electric vehicle sales are on the rise, because of high prices of gasoline, even though in the past couple of months gasoline has not been as expensive as it was three years ago, when prices were at a record high. There are a couple of other factors that contribute to increasing the interest in all-electric cars. They include the fact that they have a far better range now than they used to have, and their performances have been improved a lot, too. Also, a lot of car makers have introduced EVs that are not as expensive as the first electric cars that emerged on the market, because the technology implemented in them has become more advanced and more affordable.
All things considered, it’s safe to say that demand for electric cars will only grow in the future, while the popularity of hybrids will slowly decline, and we can expect all major car makers to invest heavily in the development and production of electric vehicles.
Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “green cars” specialist. He is a writer for DMV.com, which is a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.