Electric Cars vs Gas Cars : What’s Better?

Electric Cars vs Gas Cars : What’s Better?

Gas and electricity are the most widely used power sources for vehicles right now, and with expectations of electric cars to conquer the roads soon, many of the car fanatics are comparing between electric cars and gas cars.

If you are still stuck in the middle of the question without any answers, let us unravel this mess a bit for you, because today we will be comparing gas and electric cars to see what the best one is.

We will be elaborating this for you under a few subtopics to make it more understandable for you.

1. Cost of Fuel

In this case, the first shot of most of you would be that electric cars are more cost-efficient than vehicles that work on gasoline.

But I have to highlight that this whole topic depends on many other factors too. One main factor this depends on is the availability of gasoline and electricity in your area and also the availability of stations to charge your electric vehicle when away from home.

Unlike gas stations, it won’t be easy for you to find charging points in most places, so that would be a significant issue when travelling far from home.

Besides that, the cost efficiency of electric cars and gas cars varies from country to country depending on the cost of gas and electricity in those areas.

In countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt the cost of gas and electricity are in the same range; while in many countries like Norway, Australia and European countries, electricity is way more profitable than petrol and diesel.

So it seems like electricity is more cost efficient than gasoline in almost all the countries in the world.

2. What Is More Affordable?

This usually depends on the local taxes and tariffs of a country. But if we’re talking in common, it is said that electric cars are a bit cheaper than gas cars these days.

When taking a peek at the total car ownership of Japan, U.S and U.K, it is clear that an electric car is more affordable than buying a gas car.

The prices of electric cars remain the same while the costs of vehicles that work on gasoline are slightly increasing in the market.

3. Maintenance Cost

Both electric cars and gas cars have their pros and cons. But trust me, in the subject of maintenance electric cars lies on the top of the peak.

There are only a few moving parts in electric vehicles, so there is an extremely less probability of those parts wearing out, and this will save you a lot of cash and time. Furthermore, there is no need to change oil, transmission fluid or coolant as there are no internal combustion engines in electric cars as with gas cars.

One of the few issues with electric cars in the maintenance is to change the battery. Unlike conventional batteries, electric vehicles have large and complex batteries, and when continuously recharged they degrade and lose capacity over time.

But fortunately most batteries these days come with a 100,000 mile or 8-year warranty. But if you aren’t under that warranty anymore, it will bring you an expensive bill to replace the batteries.

4. Accessibility to Charging and Fuel Stations

Since electric cars are still new to this world and with a majority of the population still driving cars that run on gasoline, it seems that charging stations for electric vehicles are still lacking in most parts of the world mainly in developing countries.

When it comes to the accessibility of charging and fuel stations for electric cars and gas cars, it is an accepted fact that filling up a gas tank is easier than an electric battery especially if you are a person who usually travels far from home.

5. What Is More Comfortable?

This depends on the brand you are buying and the features included in it. But overall, since electric cars have exceedingly high torque power, their pickups are smooth and quick than gas-powered cars.

To add more, cars that run on electricity are quiet and not to forget that it is mostly eco-friendly.

But the downside is that there are only a few ranges of electric vehicles to choose than that of gasoline cars which have a variety to choose.

Final Thoughts

Today we discussed much of a hot topic that most of the petrolheads have these days.

Considering most of the facts above it seems that there are more pros on electric cars than of cons, but still it is up for you to take all these points into account and make the right decision.

Hope you enjoyed the reading and stay updated with UNCFD for more exciting topics like this.

Which is Better: Uber or Lyft?

Which is Better: Uber or Lyft?

Ever since the 21st century, we have been trading convenience for money.

Ride-sharing and taxi apps such as Uber and Lyft make our day to day life easy by making sure we’re not without a ride for anywhere we want to go!

So what’s the big difference between these two services, and if you’re in need for a ride which should you go for?

Key Differences

1. The Cost

Uber calculates the ride cost in regards to base fare plus a time and distance rate.

Fares depend on the vehicle type and surging periods where the demand is high, and the amount of vehicles is limited can outcome in an expensive ride even in their cheapest option; the UberX.

Compared, Lyft calculates its rates in regard to the city, vehicle type, total miles travelled, total minutes travelled, the base charge for each ride, the service fee. And for trips during the busiest times, a prime time charge.

So choosing Uber is easier since there are only a few factors valuing into your ride cost.

2. Coverage and Size

Uber is a larger company compared to Lyft. Uber also has more pricing options and a more massive fleet. On the other hand, Uber has received a lot of negative press compared to Lyft.

Lyft is available in 60+ cities. However Uber is available in 200+ cities, in over 45 countries.

And finally Uber has funding of just over 2 billion and Lyft has funding that’s much lower around 1 Billion (dollars).

3. Technology

Both released their apps in a single time frame between 2012-2013. Uber provides a real-time cost update, helpful if traffic tips, wait-time whereas Lyft is slightly more secretive about the peak hour pricing.

Similarities

1. Both are less expensive than a traditional taxi!

 

2. Both offer great offers and benefits for both drivers and riders.

 

3. Both offer options from 6 passengers and down or even ride sharing.

 

4. The standard driver requirements are the same for both Uber and Lyft. They employ vehicles either 2005 or newer. Some states allow 2000 or 2003 standards. Safe!

 

5. Both carry an Insurance coverage, up to $1 million liability.

 

6. Self-driving cars!

  • Uber has been experimenting with driverless cars that would cut down its labour costs.
  • Waymo joined hands with Lyft. The partnership would allow Lyft to use driverless cars in its fleet and remain competitive with Uber.
  • Both companies will employ a large fleet of driverless cars by 2020!

So Which Should I Hail?

Let us dive into the points above and explain it well!

There isn’t a so-called price difference between the two services. Competition has caused prices down to be mostly the same in many areas of the services.

Best thing is to install both apps and compare the prices of both to the same location. Sometimes it makes a difference but sometimes not at all (especially surge hours)

Considering user friendliness, both apps tend to be user-friendly; however, the Uber app allows customers to have a better idea of the ride. As our previous point, it’s always great to compare pricing!

Since Uber caters towards business people, the drivers are often professional do the no-nonsense way, get you from point A to point B.

Lyft drivers, on the other hand, tend to be friendly and more enjoyable than Uber drivers.

Customer support is a valuable tool when catering to everyone. But worth taking note that the quality of support in both the companies has declined in recent times. After some digging around for information we found out Lyft is much friendlier compared to Uber.

If you need a friendlier service, Lyft is the way to go!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, where do you live and where do you want to go, will affect the quality of the ride in both cases.

What sort of ride do you need? A large, small or sharing? Answering these questions will help you to choose the best service, sometimes Uber will triumph, sometimes Lyft will triumph and sometimes it will be a draw.

But keep in mind, let’s say for a fun day out in NEW YORK we always recommend the Lyft service, friendlier drivers will outcome in a better and enjoyable day!

Over To You

Which one do you prefer, Uber or Lyft? Let me know in the comments below.

I’d also love to see other points that I might have forgot to mention.