Once you’ve experienced the drive of an electric car, it’s often hard to go back to the old-fashioned type with its hulking metal block of explosions up front and the noxious gases coming out the back. Here are just some of the reasons that electric cars are just better.
With their Model S, Tesla has proved that the superior packaging of an electric car translates to safety. Not only do you get more load space, but that space could save your life, too. There are two main factors behind this. Not having an engine in front of the passenger compartment is a major bonus, as in a front end impact, that block of metal is shunted backwards and can encroach on the cabin. Instead there are several feet of what is known in the industry as ‘crumple zone’ - structures that are designed to deform in an impact in a way that dissipates energy in a crash. The second benefit comes from the torsional rigidity afforded to the frame of the car by the battery under the floor, which helps the car resist impacts from the side.
Oh the bliss! Electric cars have a serenity about them because you don’t have to put up with the noise from all those explosions up front. Instead you get smooth seamless silent power delivery.
Electric cars are so much cheaper to run than their fuel burning equivalents for so many reasons we’ve had to write a page devoted to this subject alone here.
The design of modern battery electric cars makes for a much simpler package where all of the equipment that drives the car (battery and motors) can be cleverly hidden away under the cabin and between the wheels. So instead of having a compartment up front that’s full of engine, you have useful space for luggage. The boot space on electric cars is often greater than their petrol or diesel counterparts too, as the space that would normally be taken by the fuel tank becomes a void for stashing your gear.
An electric motor reacts instantly to the power input from the battery, meaning instant torque applied to the wheels. This is why Tesla’s Model S is so often seen making very exotic supercars look ordinary on drag strips. Despite its over 2 ton weight, the most powerful version is capable of 0-60 MPH in just over 2 seconds! There are clearly plenty of valid arguments that this kind of performance is not necessary, but what it does mean is that even relatively ordinary electric cars can be capable of very swift acceleration, and that is very useful in city traffic, for example, and the ability to get off the line quickly can even contribute to the safe operation of a vehicle, giving the driver the opportunity to get out of any tricky situations when necessary.