The Rundown on the World of Cars

The future for gas powered cars is questionable. Is this the time for electric cars to finally break through and take their place in the spotlight?

Emma Safari

The future for gas powered cars is questionable. Is this the time for electric cars to finally break through and take their place in the spotlight?

Emma Safari, Photojournalist

One of the first automobiles, which was the Ford Model T, was made commercially available in the early twentieth century in the year 1908. To modern standards, this gas powered vehicle had a few drawbacks. These drawbacks included poor handling, unreliability, not enough safety, and a lack of performance due to the fact that it only possessed twenty horsepower. As automobile companies progressed over the years with new models, safety installations, and technology, individuals in 2022 face different challenges when it comes to shopping for and or maintaining a car.

Currently, the market for purchasing new gas powered vehicles has sharply decreased because of a lack of production. This lack of production is due to a shortage in semiconductor microchips that are inserted in each and every car that is produced. Due to this lack of supply and the increased demand for vehicles, many consumers have returned to buying used cars. This new demand for used cars has drastically shot upwards.

In addition, many gas users have experienced the extreme spike in gas prices over the past few months. As of April 2, 2022, the average gas price in Yorba Linda has been seen to be approximately five dollars and eighty seven cents. (https://www.autoblog.com/yorba-linda-ca-gas-prices/ ) These sky high gas prices have resulted in many motor vehicle users resorting to the purchasing of electric cars. But, the question is, are electric cars really that much more efficient when compared to gas powered cars?

“I totally disagree with electric cars. The batteries are more polluting than gas and diesel cars. The rising gas prices seem to be pushing toward electric cars and are making it harder for me to own a car that runs on gasoline.””

— James Vas (10)

Electric cars serve many benefits. For example, electric cars emit little to no carbon-dioxide gasses which leads to a reduced carbon footprint. In addition, electric cars reduce noise pollution and owners can receive federal tax credits. On top of all this, since electric cars, along with hybrid cars run on primarily electricity, the out of pocket cost for gas is much less. 

Now, the downsides to electric cars are substantial as well. Electric cars are incapable of traveling long distances. This is due to the fact that not many states, or to be frank, areas have electric car charging stations. These charging stations can also take a prolonged period of time in order to fully charge the electric car. Because of this, the range for electric vehicles is greatly diminished. Also, electric cars can be unreasonably pricey. Many of the more affordable electric car varieties are seen to start at twenty seven thousand dollars. 

To conclude, as the demand for cars continues to grow, production and labor in car factories will have to increase; and as local gas prices continue to climb, many may have to resort to electric cars for their everyday commute, or even resort to public transport.