Electric cars were popular from the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The use of electric cars subsided for a long period of time due to the following development of internal combustion engines. The energy crisis in years 1970-80, however, provoked again a discussion for the use of electric cars. Now it is time for action, also in Estonia.
The price of an electric car considerably exceeds the price of a car with an ordinary internal combustion engine. The reason for the high price is a high-tech battery forming 40-50% of the cost of the car.
Lower ownership costs
Ownership costs of the EVs are much lower, as the engine of an electric car fewer moving/wearing parts compared to an ordinary car.
Plus it's cheaper to drive!
low energy and driving costs (ca 15-20 kWh/100 km, i.e. about 1,5-2 €/100 km)
|low energy and driving costs (15-25 kWh/100 km, i.e. about 1,5-2 €/100 km)|
Charging of the batteries takes time - fast charging ca 30km, slow charging 8-10km
|Very quiet and comfortable|
Range 60-180km (depends on model)
|No emissions when driven||Higher upfront price|
|No gearbox = "automatic" gear change, easy to drive and maintain|
Battery capacity degrades over time (80% after 5 years)
|Additional bonuses (free parking in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu)|