The Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf are some of the most popular EV on the market at the moment. While hybrid cars are a aplenty, these two EVs are on a platform of their own.
So which is better? The Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model 3? What if we said neither. That’s right, you will need to think long and hard if you should go for a EV over a conventional car as there is more than meets the eye.
Here are some reasons why you may want to avoid an EV. For starters the cost. An EV such as a Tesla Model 3 costs a lot more than a conventional sedan of the same size. And if you think you will recoup the costs from gas savings, think again. If you look at gas prices and the average distance traveled by consumers over the span of 3-5 years (average lifespan before consumers change their cars) it doesn’t come close to making up enough in gas savings that you would have over the price of a conventional car. And if we’re comparing it to a diesel engine car then that’s even more improbable!
So it isn’t money savings.
Next in driving habits. If you’re not bopping around town at low speeds with braking due to traffic often enough, the battery drains out quite quickly. In fact driving on the highway for a short part of your daily commute would be enough to drain the battery dry. So with the new highway after new highway being built on top of each other around cities and its outskirts, a simple small-powered diesel engine would easily get more MPGs.
Lastly we come to environmentally friendly. Maybe this is the saving grace of vehicle like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3. Not really and the answer is in that battery built with materials like cobalt and lithium. Getting these minerals in the first place means mining mountains to their skeleton. And if you say well at least it doesn’t pollute, you’re wrong again. With the increasing number of EVs we see the electricity needed to charge it put a heavy told on the electrical grids. And what exactly do we utilise to make all this electricity? Coal. So you’re in fact driving a coal powered electric powered Tesla and Nissan Leaf. Hurts ain’t it?