It’s true that at first, you become a bit obsessed (at least I did) when seeing how on the autonomy bar, the kilometres remaining continue to drop. And if you turn on the heat, you notice that it drops even faster. Yet objectively, you have more than enough kilometres to live your daily life without needing to worry, because it would be difficult to surpass 100km per day.
Benefits of electric cars in cities
I never thought that I'd say this about a car, but it’s totally recommendable for driving in cities because besides the feeling of purity, there are the enormous benefits that administrations are offering to electric cars: entering the city centre on certain days of environmental protocol, being able to drive in the HOV lane or free access to restricted and residential areas without worrying about a fine, and parking in the blue and green area is completely free and unlimited. And you can't imagine how nice this is. It is mentally liberating to go and park and know that it doesn't matter how long you take because it’s going to be fast, simple and FREE! Plus, at the fiscal level, the benefits from not paying registration taxes and 75% off of the circulation tax leave one speechless. It makes you want to go to the most hidden corner of your city with your electric car.
I think what might be the most concerning thing about switching to electric cars are the charging points, both within the city and when travelling. However, using a fixed point to charge, such as the home of a conventional electric car user, I’m sure that it’s more a matter of changing habits and mentality rather than a real problem of autonomy. Besides, in the next five years, across Spain, Endesa will deploy more than 8,500 public charging points and 100,000 private charging points that will allow you to drive with total peace of mind without being afraid of getting stuck with no battery.
I can testify that currently the electric car now covers the basic needs, just like any fuel engine car, and it also has the incentive of these small technological and futuristic details that create a different driving experience. But let’s not forget about the most important thing, the reason for which these vehicles exist and why it’s so important to promote them, which is zero pollution and economic savings, because petroleum is 10 times more expensive than electricity. It’s about providing your grain of sand against climate change with a clean, comfortable and sustainable mobility, that is also fun, innovative and worth trying.
The concept of the electric car goes well beyond a simple car. It’s a change in society that I’m growing more sure that future generations will assume to be something normal, like what happened to us twenty year-olds with each technological development that we’ve experienced. And while us millennials get hung up on the melancholy of: "My goodness! Do you remember when that used to exist?", which happens now when we think back to Nintendo 64, society will continue advancing toward a more energy-efficient world, where electric cars will be the order of the day. Because once you try it, the following message stays with you: "My next car will be electric". And at least speaking for myself, I don't want to be left behind.