Electric car owners looking like geniuses in lieu of gas shortage?

The American East Coast was rocked this week by a successful hack into systems that control the Colonial Pipeline, one of the most important segments of the U.S. energy infrastructure. As a result, the largest pipeline in the U.S. – which is responsible for delivering nearly half of all of the fuel consumed on the East Coast – was shutdown.

The lock on the East Coast’s primary gas supply has caused gasoline shortages and extreme anxiety in more than ten states, including Washington, D.C. If you live in DC, MD, VA, GA or FL, you’ve undoubtedly passed by more than a few closed gas stations whose spigot has run dry. And you’ve likely noticed long lines and higher prices at the gas stations that are still open.

But not everyone in the impacted states is panicking…. Because not everyone is directly affected by the shortage.

Electric car owners are reveling in the chaos and rubbing it in.

“I’ve been joking with all my friends you know like O I don’t have those problems haha it feels good,” said Chani Smith, via CBS46, who is an electric vehicle owner and also buying a new electric vehicle.

“For me it’s just not having to go to the gas station you know and especially being a female and living out here by myself just knowing that at the comfort of my home I can charge up my car,” said Chani.

And not only are they exempt from the long lines and anxiety, they’re also not impacted by the increase in gas prices… or ANY cost for gas.

Erica O’Neil, an Atlanta resident, told CBS17 one free charge in between Atlanta and Panama City, Florida gets her home at no cost.

“Well, I’m benefited because I charge my car for free, so although gas is high and in some places non-existent it doesn’t affect me,” said O’Neil.

“So I’m able to charge between Atlanta and Panama City one time here and then I’ll make it home so no issues for me whatsoever.”

Electric cars use electricity stored in the batteries to power its electric motor, which turns the wheels. Owners can recharge the battery through an external outlet and regenerative braking. Owners can charge their vehicles while it’s parked at home or work, or at a commercial electric vehicle charging station. Even shopping centers are adding mini stations in their parking lots.

Electric cars never looked so good, huh?

So, was the gas shortage of 2021 a wake up call for some consumers?

One car dealer representative told CBS46 he’s already seeing more interest in electric cars.

“Last night actually one of our clients text me while he was driving around looking for gas asking about what availability we had,” said Gerry Martel, New Car Sales Director at Audi Atlanta.

“He was wanting to come in and switch to an E-Tron, also another customer who’s bought three Q7’s from us text me last night and asked if they could trade their jeep in for an E-Tron, definitely some additional business coming our way due to this fuel shortage I’m sure.”

Electric vs. Gas Cars: What Are the Differences?

(Courtesy Compare.com)

There are four main types of electric cars:
• Battery electric vehicle (BEV)
• Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)
• Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
• Fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV)

Hybrids (HEVs) — like the Toyota Prius — have an electric battery pack that gets charged by an internal combustion engine, so it can be refueled with gasoline at your standard gas station and doesn’t need to be plugged in to be recharged. Because hybrids still have a gas tank, they won’t eliminate your reliance on fossil fuels, but they can reduce it.

Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are similar, but have an additional feature — they can be plugged in to a power source to be recharged.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) can only be powered by plugging them in, and don’t have a gas tank or internal combustion engine.

Finally, fuel cell electric vehicles run on hydrogen power, and use an entirely different fuel system altogether (FCEVs are currently only available in California.)

If you’re the owner of an electric car, are you more satisfied with your decision in lieu of the gas shortage? And if you drive a traditional car, are you more likely to purchase an electronic vehicle as a result of the gas crisis of 2021?

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars: Pros and Cons

(Courtesy CarandDriver.com)

Electric Car: Pros

  • They are better for the environment
  • Electricity can be a renewable resource, gasoline cannot
  • They require less expensive and less frequent maintenance.
  • They are quieter than gas vehicles
  • There are tax credits available for owners of electric cars
  • There are special highway lanes in some places for electric cars

Electric Car: Cons

  • Electric cars have a shorter range than gas-powered cars
  • Recharging the battery takes time
  • They are usually more expensive than gas-powered cars
  • It can sometimes be difficult to find a charging station
  • There aren’t as many model options

If you’re the owner of an electric car, are you more satisfied with your decision in lieu of the gas shortage? And if you drive a traditional car, are you more likely to purchase an electric vehicle as a result of the gas crisis of 2021?

And are folks fearful similar pipeline situations will happen again, soon?

Pros And Cons Of Electric Cars | May 12, 2021 | CNN10
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