To drive or not to drive an electric car? That is the question ! If for some the answer has always been obvious, others, on the other hand, continue to wonder. Still, there are some unmistakable signs that you’re probably ready to go electric. Here is a non-exhaustive list to help you take stock.
Changing cars in 2023 has never been so complicated. Between the delivery times which tend to explode (with some exceptions) and the rising prices, there is enough to tear your hair out. But it is above all the range of possibilities in terms of motorization which is perhaps the most confusing. So when making your choice, think about these 5 signs.
1 – Filling up with fuel has become a chore
If going to the station to fill up has been a thing of the past for a long time, at 2 euros per litre, the story gets complicated. It is therefore not uncommon to go backwards. It must be said that with a full tank that exceeds 100 euros, we are entitled to ask ourselves questions about the impact of such prices on our travel habits. And we are not even talking about shortages or refineries on strike which can be added, without warning, to the equation. So yes, for many, filling up with fossil fuel has become a chore, when it’s not downright an obstacle course. It is therefore not surprising that the price at the pump acts as a strong trigger for switching to an electric car, especially for those who can recharge at home. Imagine, you come home, you plug in, and you leave the next day with a full tank. Isn’t that real progress? A gesture that literally takes 10 seconds, and that will make you forget the smell of gasoline forever. Luxury what!
Kilowatt, kilowatt-hour: the units to master when talking about an electric car
2 – You are sensitive to noise
Did you know that in France, 7 million people, or 12% of the population, are exposed to outdoor noise levels exceeding the threshold of 65 dB(A) ? A figure that tickles the ears when we know that the nuisance caused by noise has consequences on health and behavior. More generally, noise is an indisputable and undisputed source of stress. And if for some the bustle and din do not seem to be a real problem, for others on the other hand, silence is golden. So, if you have a natural appetite for calm and tranquility, there is no doubt that the electric car will enchant you, whether or not you are behind the wheel. Indeed, the silence of operation is perhaps what most strikes motorists who are trying this type of engine for the first time. In addition to excellent driving pleasure (instantaneous power and linear acceleration), it is also and above all the impression of spinning on a magic carpet that we remember. Result: you feel more rested on leaving a journey, even if the noise of air, rolling, and other external noise pollution naturally become more audible. Still, with good sound insulation (prefer models with double glazing), you feel like in a cocoon. And if you don’t believe it, just give it a try! You will be amazed.
3 – Solastalgia awaits you
The sola stalge what? Indeed, it is not a word that we hear and use every day. It is even quite recent in our vocabulary since it was invented in 2003. According to Wikipedia, the solastalgie is a form of psychic suffering caused by environmental changes, in particular the destruction of ecosystems and biodiversity, or even global warming accelerated by anthropogenic CO2. To a lesser extent, we also speak of eco-anxiety. The consequence of all this is that you can, for example, feel guilty about taking your car to visit friends, family, or simply to get a change of scenery. A bit of a shame, especially if you live in a city where pollution is particularly present. The fault, among other things, of our means of transport fueled by fossil fuels, and which reject nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and other fine particles. A cocktail that contributes to air pollution, responsible for 48,000 premature deaths per year in France. Thus, driving an electric car allows, to a certain extent, to reduce its ecological footprint, but above all helps to save the lungs of pedestrians and other cyclists. And this, even if the emission of certain fine particles remains unavoidable (such as those linked to tire wear). What makes it easier to take your electric car, right? We will remember all the same that it is better to favor cycling and walking when the distances to be covered allow it. In town, public transport is also a good alternative to the private car. Finally, do not neglect carpooling! It’s a good way to meet great people, or get to know your colleagues in the office next door!
4 – You know what a kilowatt hour is
Ouch, another clever word… Yes, we often hear that the ecosystem around the electric car is complicated to access, that you have to be an engineer to understand something about it. Maybe you even wanted to skip this paragraph because you don’t know what a kilowatt hour is, and after all, you don’t want to know. It is true that electric units can put off. That’s why telling you that the electric car is as easy to understand as the thermal car is would be a lie. But wasn’t it the same situation with the advent of the thermal car at the beginning of the last century? So there is no doubt that talking about kilowatt hours for battery capacity will soon be as natural as talking about liters for tank capacity. It will certainly require a little effort for everyone to better master this vocabulary, but it is only a matter of time. However, if you are comfortable with this type of unit, it already gives you a small advantage, which it would be a shame not to take advantage of!
5 – You are reading Clean Automobile!
So yes, it may be silly, but it’s not that trivial! Many visitors to the site do not (yet) drive an electric car, but do not hesitate to read our content. And according to ChatGPT, which ranks Automobile Propre in the references on the subject, it’s the right thing to do for documentation! If your curiosity pushes you to find out more about this mobility that is more respectful of the environment, and to discover the daily life of electromobilists through the testimonials present on the site and the forumthis is probably the most obvious sign that proves that you are ready to go electric.
And if, despite everything, after reading this article which is intended to be both entertaining and informative, you tell yourself that these are irrelevant signs, then just for you, I ask our readers who are already riding in electrical: do not hesitate to share in the comments THE or THE reasons that pushed you to take the step. Your interventions are precious, and will be so many valid arguments to help the undecided to see things more clearly!
5 signs that prove you’re ready to switch to an electric car