By Gabe Ryan,
Hybrid cars are fast becoming very popular, replacing the low-efficiency gas-powered cars that have dominate the market since the 1890s. Hybrids are certainly a step in the right direction. However, they still use gasoline. Tesla Motor Company has produced incredibly efficient all-electric cars that can reach hundreds of miles on a single charge, far outstripping any hybrid’s electric capabilities. But Teslas are more expensive, on average, than hybrids. So why should people buy Teslas?
5. If everyone who could afford to buy a Tesla electric car would, the price would decline to a level where people who can’t afford one now could also buy one. Right now, at $50,000, these amazing cars are out of reach — for me at least.
4. Teslas are easy to charge on the go. Every Tesla comes with a wall-mounted charging base for your home as well as a portable charger that can plug into any regular three-pronged outlet. If you’re stopping at a hotel for the night, and the hotel is amenable to it, you can simply plug in the Tesla into an outside outlet overnight.
3. Teslas offer a gasoline-free mode of transportation. If we can get gas-powered cars off the road, we significantly reduce our dependence on oil. The Tesla can now reach 245 to 300 miles per charge. From York, that gets a commuter easily to Lancaster, Baltimore and Washington. Even a trip to New York City from York is well within the 245-mile limit.
2. The cars look pretty slick. Tesla Motors has two cars available for purchase. The Model S and The Roadster. They have a third car the Model X that is still in production and will begin shipping in 2014. The “S” is a sleek sedan that can reach the 300-mile mark on one charge. The Roadster (245 miles/charge) is a convertible-sports car and looks like it belongs in a street-racing video game.
1. The most important reason to get more Teslas on the road is that electric cars will help save our environment. If we eliminate, or drastically reduce, the amount of fumes that we are spewing into the air every time we drive, we will bring ourselves one step closer to eradicating the huge carbon footprint that we leave on the Earth.