Why Your Next Car Should be Electric
George Clooney may have ripped Tesla, but here's why these planet-saving cars are here to stay.
Even though electric cars -- with its crazy mileage and zero emissions -- haven't completely entered the mainstream (and has lost George Clooney as a fan), there's growing evidence that smelly, dirty gas stations will slowly become a thing of the past.
Sales are taking off
More than 59,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the United States by the end of August 2013, that's more than all the sales for 2012 combined. In the last three years, Americans have purchased about 140,000 plug-in vehicles, which means we've saved 40 million gallons of gasoline per year.
Electric cars are getting cheaper
A major early concern about plug-in cars were the shocking sticker price. However, they're not only getting cheaper to fuel, they are increasingly affordable. “Electric vehicles had the largest decrease in pricing, down 15% due to several price cuts during the past year,” Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, told TIME. This appears to be a continuing trend, as Mitsubishi's 2014 i-MiEV starts at a sticker price of $23,845, a drop of $6,130 from the previous edition.
Why George Clooney is no longer a fan
The "Gravity" star, a former Roadster owner, recently complained about being stuck on the side of the road. "I had a Tesla," Clooney told Esquire "I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, No. 5 on the list. But I'm telling you, I've been on the side of the road a while in that thing, and I said to them, 'Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the f*cking road? Make it work, one way or another.'" Tesla has actually discontinued the Roadster and currently only sells the Model S sedan. Clooney reportedly auctioned off his Roadster for charity for $99,000.
But the scientific community loves it...
The Union of Concerned Scientists’ gave clean cars the stamp of approval. “Game-changing automotive technologies often take many years to become a significant part of the new-vehicle market, they said. "For example, the Toyota Prius recently claimed the spot of best-selling car in California after 12 years on the market. Plug-ins face higher hurdles than hybrids did a decade ago, so a steady increase in sales and number of models should be seen as a positive sign that plug-ins are poised to be a significant segment in the U.S. auto fleet.”
And so does Leo
Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is about to enter a Monaco-based team into the new electric motor racing championship Formula E, the BBC reports. The Formula E race is designed to boost the electrical vehicle market, which Leo heartily supports. He said, "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles."
What do you think of electric cars?