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The Skinny on Electric Vehicles in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 5, 2018

Cars are so essential to our way of life that it’s almost impossible to imagine a time before they existed. Every year, car manufacturers make astonishing progress to our favorite four-wheeled modes of transportation. And when it comes to choosing new cars, we are given an endless amount of options on the market.

In recent years, many people have opted to go for the new kid on the block: the electric car. Seattle has even announced an ambitious official plan to transition to electric cars and get rid of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030. Now let’s break down what we know about electric cars and whether it’s safer to own one versus sticking with our dad’s good old Jetta.

First, let’s take a look at the many positives of owning an electric vehicle.

The Upside of Owning an Electric Vehicle

An electric vehicle, also known as an EV, is a rapidly growing alternative to a conventional gas-driven car. They are all the rage in Seattle, for obvious reasons. An EV costs less to run since it doesn’t run on gas, is environmentally friendly, and requires a low amount of maintenance.

As the owner of an electric vehicle, you will notice a few pluses:

  • No Fuel, No Problem: Say goodbye to the ever-rising gas prices, and say hello to a lot of savings. One of the EV’s biggest selling points is that it can save you a lot of money. Not only do you skip the gas prices, but an EV tends to be cheaper to maintain in other ways as well since it doesn’t need much service or maintenance.
  • Environmentally Friendly: By choosing an EV, you’re helping to save the Earth, since an EV has no exhaust emissions. You can also use renewable energy to charge it, further helping the environment. Many EVs are also made from eco-friendly materials.

So we now know that EVs are a win for the pocket and a win for the environment. But what are the drawbacks of an electric car, and are they as safe as conventional cars when they’re involved in a car crash?

The Downside to Electric Vehicles

Most of us are aware of the upsides to EVs, but rarely do we consider if there are any serious downsides. We considered all the factors and came up with these main downsides to owning an electric vehicle:

  • Short Range: If you’re planning a longer road trip, forget your electric car. Most models at the moment do not go past a 100 miles on a full charge.
  • Inconsistent Charging Stations: When you’re low on gas, chances are you can throw a stone and hit a gas station. But charging stations are in a much lower supply, even in big areas where electric cars are common. This becomes a bigger problem if you’re going somewhere farther and will need to recharge on the way. It’s an easy way to get stranded.
  • Not As Many Choices: Although the electric car market is continually expending, there still aren’t as many choices to pick from as there are with conventional cars.
  • Recharging Takes Time: The plus of having a gas-driven car? You pump and go, all in under five minutes. Not so fast when having an electric car, which takes a significantly longer time before it can hit the road again—usually up to four hours to get a full charge. There are some “supercharger” stations offered by manufacturers like Tesla and Porsche, which take a shorter amount of time to charge—but still around an hour.

Most of these issues will likely be resolved as electric vehicles continue to advance, and more options come on the market.

Car Accidents with an Electric Vehicle

There are pluses and minuses when it comes to owning an electric vehicle, but how do they hold up in accidents? For one thing, EVs do not run on gasoline, which means they don’t have a tank that can catch on fire and explode during an accident. That is a major plus.

On the other hand, most electric cars have a lithium-ion battery, which, just like gasoline, may catch on fire and explode. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because in the last few years there have been cases where cellphones, laptops, and even an electric car, caught on fire. The culprit? Their lithium-ion battery. Of course, car manufacturers do take all this into consideration and pack their cars with safety features meant to prevent the worst from occurring. However, combustion remains a minor worry for electric cars.

Contact a Skilled Seattle Car Crash Lawyer

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has a long history of helping victims of vehicle accidents. Every accident is different, so it’s important to have lawyers who know exactly what to look for in order to get the maximum compensation for their client. But whether you’re driving a conventional car or an electric vehicle, a car accident is traumatic. Especially when you did everything by the book and still got hurt.

If you need legal representation to get compensation for the accident you were involved in, call the Seattle car accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., at (888) 228-3860. Our initial consultation is free. Don’t wait, call us to get started on your case today.

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