Jan 25, 2023
Electric Cars vs ICE Vehicles - Which is the Way to Go?
The more we are familiar with something, the more we trust it. We like visiting places we’ve already been to as we know it’s nice there. We like going to familiar stores and buying fresh bread from familiar bakeries. That’s why it is sometimes hard to give up on the idea of driving the old, good, and so familiar ICE vehicle (Internal Combustion Engine) and considering getting yourself an electric car.
Now you have the chance to take a close look at both and make your own conclusion about what vehicle is perfect for you.
Range Comparison: Electric Cars vs ICE Vehicles
Unless you plan to buy one car for commuting, another for visiting your parents on weekends, and a third for travelling abroad, you probably want a vehicle that can handle all your trips in terms of distance. When driving around the city with plenty of EV charging stations and petrol stations, you don’t consider it an issue. But as soon as you start planning an adventurous trip, with the roads running through forests and fields, you wonder: how far can you go on one refill? And which one will bring you further: an electric or fuel-powered vehicle?
ICE vehicles: How far can you go with one refill?
The range of an ICE vehicle depends on three factors:
- type of engine
- tank volume
Let us show you a couple of examples.
Fuel tank capacity
BMW 8er Coupé
Audi RS 5 Sportback
The type of fuel can make quite a difference as well. For instance, vehicles running on natural gas will enable you to travel up to 600 km, while petrol-powered cars can run more than twice as long on a single refill.
Electric Cars: How far can you go with one refill?
Electric cars are developing fast, meaning that their range is constantly rising. For instance, in 2011 you were lucky to have the Nissan Leaf with a range of about 125 km; in 2015, you could already buy the Kia Soul, drive up to 235 km and feel like you're ahead of the curve.
As of today, the Tesla Model S boasts a range of about 600 km, while BMW i4 M50 will run for about 520 km on one charge. Electric car manufacturers seem to keep saying "the sky is the limit" and plan to increase the average battery range of electric vehicles to 784 kilometres by 2025.
Charging vs Fuel Station Network Comparison
Electric vehicles are relatively new. Well, definitely newer than gas-powered cars. And that’s what often makes us think that there is not enough infrastructure for them yet. Agree?
In fact, your chances of running out of power when driving are low regardless of what kind of vehicle you're driving. For instance, Germany houses around 59,000 regular AC charging points, Austria has more than 15,000, and Italy - above 32,000 (as of October, 2022).
As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words. So we invite you to look at Europe's EV charging stations map.
Meanwhile, Germany houses around 14,500 petrol stations as of November 2021.
The Auto Bild published the average distance between EV charging stations in different European cities as of the beginning of 2022. These numbers indicate how often, on average, you can find a charging station for your electric vehicle travelling around in different cities:
- Munich - 830 m
- Reykjavík - 550 m
- Oslo - 610 m
But what if you can have such a station… in your car?
With electric vehicles it’s possible.
The cool invention is called a mobile usable charger and can perfectly fit in the trunk of your vehicle. Even if you put two backpacks, a suitcase, and some more just-in-case stuff there, you will still find space for the mobile wallbox. For instance, our go-e Charger Gemini flex weighs from 1.63 to 1.82 kilograms, depending on the variant, and has the size of a shoe box. As long as there is room for a couple of sneakers, there is room for your personal charging station. 😉
Ok, you’ve got the charger. What’s next? Charge from any available socket. Right, it shouldn’t necessarily be the red CEE socket. If you have an adapter, you can charge your vehicle from a camping socket or even from a regular 220V outlet.
Price Comparison: Initial Costs of Electric Cars vs Gas Cars
After looking at these nice numbers, you might already think that electric cars are the best thing since sliced bread. But is it really so?
Electric cars are not cheap, but their maintenance costs are certainly much lower.
Let’s talk numbers.
Renault Twizy costs around €11.500 - one of the cheapest EVs (as of October 2022). If budget allows, the Tesla Model 3 for €56.000 can be a great option (as of October 2022). Generally, electric vehicle prices vary between 30 and 70 thousand euros.
What about ICE vehicles? Let’s check the prices for them.
What are the financial benefits for EV owners?
Sooner or later, you’ll have to change the tires and replace some parts of the vehicle. How expensive is that? Fleet Assist calculated that the average cost of servicing an electric car is approximately 22% less than an equivalent ICE car (as of August 2022).
Money, money, money… Cost of Driving an EV vs ICE Vehicle
Electricity prices fluctuate like sea waves in a storm. But let’s stop the time for a moment and see how big the difference is between the driving costs of an EV and an ICE vehicle.
Type of vehicle
Consumption per 100 km on average
Let's say you drive 200 km per week. With an electric car, this will cost you about €11.1. The same 200 km with an ICE vehicle costs ≈ €28.1.
Naturally, these are just estimations. But the difference in the cost is so significant that one cannot deny that driving an electric car is cheaper than a vehicle running on petrol, gas, or diesel.
If you charge at home, you can save more than you expect.
With our go-e Charger, for example, you can set an electricity price limit for charging. The wallbox detects the prices for the coming hours according to the flexible electricity tariffs stored by go-e. It will simply not charge if the electricity rate is above the limit.
There is another trick to charging your electric car at a nice price. Do it at off-peak hours - between around 11 pm and 6 am. No need to interrupt your movie night if you use the go-e Charger. Set the start and end time of charging for weekdays and weekends in the app and relax; the charging station will follow your command on a daily basis.
And that’s all about the costs? Actually, the price per kWh is slightly higher when charging your EV at a public charging station (as of October 2022).
- 48 cents/kWh for Level 2 charging with alternating current up to 22 kW
- 53 cents/kWh for fast charging with direct current.
What Cars are More Climate-Friendly - Electric Cars or ICE Vehicles?
Whether your electric car is white, black, or blue, it is still “green”. Mystery :)
Electric vehicles earned the green title due to their climate-friendliness. Naturally, they are not made of air and water, and their lithium batteries do cause pollution to a certain extent. But honestly, it’s not as bad as you might think.
The US Environmental Protection Agency recently came up with estimates about the amount of Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) produced by an electric vehicle compared to a gasoline car.
Since these numbers were collected in the US, they might be different for Europe. The thing is, European countries are switching to “green” electricity, which means significantly lower emissions for electric cars.
What can we see here:
Battery (dark blue)
18% of all the pollution caused by electric vehicles is due to the battery inside them. Naturally, ICE vehicles do not have a battery. Accordingly, no pollution is caused.
Feedstock & Fuel (orange)
Charging your electric vehicle using solar energy will avoid any toxic emissions at that point, while using the grid for charging leads to some CO2 emissions. Currently, more and more people in Europe and all over the globe are using solar panels for charging their electric vehicles.
In fact, whatever form of renewable energy you use, it’s highly beneficial for you and the environment.
Other Manufacturing & End of Life (light blue)
When it comes to extracting and manufacturing materials and assembly of the vehicle itself, the two types of cars do not differ much in the pollution level.
Vehicle In-Use (light orange)
Here we come to the biggest distinction. As you see, there is no yellow in the electric car bar. This is because they do not produce any emissions when in use. You don't hurt the environment, no matter how far and fast you drive.
You may say that electricity generation is not completely emission free. And this is true. However, many individual users and large companies today are switching to charging with "green" electricity. In this case, charging is indeed 100% free from the production of toxic emissions.
If you compare the amount of GHG emissions, you see that gas-powered vehicles cause more than twice as much CO2 as electric cars. Quite a difference!
Forecast for the Electric Vehicle Market
Time to face it - the world is shifting to electric. Countries offer subsidies, reduce taxes and build more and more charging stations for those who decide to go e.
EV manufacturers also don’t waste time and come up with new models. While the first electric Audi vehicle (e-tron) was presented in 2019, there are supposed to be more than 20 all-electric models by 2025.
The numbers are pretty impressive. Electric vehicle sales more than doubled in China, continued to increase in Europe, and picked up in the US in 2021. According to forecasts, the global market for electric cars will grow in the 2-digit percentage range in the coming years.
Meanwhile, the phase-out of fossil fuel vehicles is coming. From 2035, only zero-emission vehicles are allowed to be newly registered in the EU. And if you’re not driving a Renault ZOE or Tesla Model S yet, you might consider it as your next car.
So, who is the winner - ICE Vehicles or Electric Cars?
A car with an internal combustion engine will bring you further on a single refill. However, a great number of public charging stations makes this difference unnoticeable. Moreover, you can’t carry a petrol station in your car, while you can easily do it with an EV charger.
On the financial side, buying an electric car might cost you a pretty penny. But when it comes to maintenance costs, these vehicles are much cheaper to take care of.
And finally, nothing can beat the eco-friendliness of electric vehicles. That’s why there are more and more of them on the market. And who knows how soon you will have one in your garage.
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