Electric cars are the future, there's no doubt about that. Even if you don't want them to be, manufacturers are setting lofty goals and converting their fleets to all-electric. Chevrolet has a goal set for most of its car sales to be electric vehicles by 2035.

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There are benefits to electric vehicles, but there are also a lot of things that the average person doesn't know about them. One of the biggest surprises I learned was how heavy electric vehicles are. I don't mean just a little heavier than an average car, but thousands of pounds heavier.

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The reason is the heavy batteries in the electric vehicles. It's estimated that electric vehicles cause 2.24 stress on roads than gas-equivalent vehicles. More weight on the asphalt will lead to more wear and potholes, which is something we already have a terrible problem with here in Minnesota.

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Another point to consider is that most of the funding for highways and roads comes from gas taxes through the state when you purchase gas for a vehicle.

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Yes, there is a surcharge fee of $75 for electric vehicles, but the majority of money raised is still through fees on gasoline. You could argue that electric vehicles aren't paying their fair share.

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Electric Semi-trailers are also being developed. Those will also weigh more, and cause further damage to the roads.

So what's the solution? Electric vehicles are going to be the future, and I would expect more fees and changes to state funding revenue to come down the road. Future improvements in infrastructure will be needed as well.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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