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Gas or Electric? A few things about cars

by Ryan Cong

With a recent rise in demand for electric cars, many are speculating that these cars will take over the automobile industry. The question here is: are electric cars really worth all the hype? In this article, I will break down issues about electric cars such as their cost, effectiveness, and potential. 

First, we can take a look at the cost of these cars. It is commonly assumed that right now, electric cars are a luxury. This assumption is a very reasonable one because brands such as Tesla have designed and marketed their cars to be luxuries. However, in the past few years, electric cars have become a lot more affordable. In fact, according to the New York Times, the Tesla Model 3’s most basic model is comparable to a Nissan Altima that sells for $11,000 less upfront. If that isn’t enough to convince you, below is a chart comparing prices for conventional and electric cars. 

Now, the question is: why invest in these cars anyway? If these cars are the same price, then why should I choose one over the other? Here is why. First of all, electric cars have much lower carbon dioxide emissions. Take the previous comparison between the Model 3 and the Nissan Altima for example: although the cost of the two are very similar, the ladder produces over 200% more carbon dioxide! And as we all should know, more carbon emissions equals more global warming and pollution. 

All in all, the choice here is clear. With similar prices, yet drastically different carbon emissions, it is obvious that electric cars are the way to go. So next time you need to buy a car, weigh your options, and choose wisely. 

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