The invention of cars has truly bought comfort and convenience to our lives. Whether it is daily commuting or travelling long distance to chuck off a travel goal, cars have been our bravest companions.
Over the period of time the debate as to which one is better, Electric Cars or Natural Gas Vehicles has been a topic of hot discussion.
While on one side, the steady improvement in battery technology, the pervasiveness of the grid will develop smart cars on the other hand the software and services in electric vehicles will enable things like high-speed charging making e-vehicles a vital portion of the automobile industry.
Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk predicts that 13 percent or more of cars coming off production lines could be electric by 2020.
Since, the supporters of CNG counter argue that CNG cars already exist and work efficiently, a steady demand is being experienced these cars. However, it is difficult to figure out which side of the debate shall turn out to be true.
If you talk about efficiency, then without a doubt electric vehicles would win hands down in this category, primarily because the large natural gas-burning turbines at power plants remain far more efficient than the smaller ones squeezed into cars.
Not just that when it comes to the filling stations it’s an electric vehicle’s victory. A 240-volt charger, which can charge a car within 3 to 8 hours, costs $2,000, including installation, according to Colin Read, vice president of corporate development at Ecotality.
The DC fast chargers are pretty much costly comparatively however it is speculated that the prices shall come down in the coming years. The high price of the filling stations means that CNG cars will likely be purchased by fleet owners for the foreseeable future.
When you talk about the price of the vehicle, the all-electric Ford Focus starts at $39,200 before $7,500 in federal tax credits and state credits that can come to a few thousand. Whereas the cars that run on CNG are not that costly. Making the cars that run on the field worthy of the price paid for them.
However, the batteries are coming down too and comparatively EVs require less maintenance than combustion cars of any stripe.
A CNG car operates on the equivalent of $2 per gallon of fuel but no doubts in this parameter electric cars win.
There is yet another considered factor and that is payback. If natural gas costs the equivalent of $2 per gallon, the driver or trucking company can save $40,000 a year. A used garbage truck might consume 10,000 gallons a year and cost $15,000 to retrofit. Similarly, there is an amount of CNG that Maruti Suzuki swift would consume.
From the charging point of view, it takes very less time to charge a CNG car while electric vehicles can still take hours.
So what is the conclusion of the debate wherein both the type of cars are fighting neck to neck. Each of the cars is packaged with its pros and cons on a variety of parameters. However, it is difficult to determine which one is the ultimate winner.