Choosing a new car is always a difficult decision but you now have the option to choose between an electric or petrol car, although South Africans are yet to hop onto the electric bandwagon, due to affordability.

With the dawn of the digital age and the forever rising cost of fuel it’s no wonder electric cars are becoming more popular. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of owning and driving one.

Electric cars are very economical to run and have much lower maintenance costs compared to petrol cars. They are also fun, smooth and comfortable to drive – some innovation fanatics might say that it makes fuel-powered cars seem awkward and heavy. A fuel-powered car may even be left eating dust in the distance, due to the high torque power of an electric car. They are also extremely quiet inside and out, as well as environmentally friendly.

Some of the disadvantages to owning an electric car is that there are not enough charging stations and you can’t drive long distances, however, as technology is constantly evolving, the distance an electric car can go between charges is increasing.

Another disadvantage is that an electric car also takes too long to charge and there is a possibility that you won’t be able to charge it at home.

However, criticism from technology skeptics will soon disappear and going electric will be the easiest decision this and the next generation will make.

By Wanita Wallace