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Things you should consider before buying electric cars


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The electric cars or EV will be released in Malaysia in 2017. Two models on which are produced by local automotive companies will be sold at a price below RM100, 000 per unit. This will add the option to the consumer to purchase energy-efficient and environmentally friendly type of vehicles. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), Mohamad Madani Sahari, the introduction of electric cars will improve and increases the competitiveness level of the local automotive companies and also give the opportunity to more foreign companies to introduce electric vehicle in the domestic market.

As a consumer, here are some of the factors that should be considered before you decide to buy electric cars:

Pros :

  1. No need to fill petrol.
  2. No need to do maintenance such as changing engine oil, etc..
  3. Silent and do not emit any fumes that pollute the air.
  4. The level balance of the car or the center of gravity is low.
  5. Space in the car a wider than petrol cars.
  6. Warranty for electric cars is usually longer than petrol cars.
Cons :

  1. Electric car travel distance is limited.
  2. Take some time to recharge the battery (up to 8 hour +- ) .
  3. Price is still expensive  (nissan leaf  price RM100k++).
  4. The estimated battery life cycle is around 10 years. 
  5. The cost of changing a new battery is also very expensive.
  6. Need to install battery charging station at home or wherever you are.

In conclusion, the electric car is suitable to be used as a mode of transportation if the travel distance is not too far for example within the city. Although it's expensive, but in terms of fuel saving and maintenance cost it's worth it. In the end, it's up to the end user to determine whichever is good for them.


Infographic: Norway Leads The World's Electric Vehicle Market  | Statista

                                                                          Source: Statista

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