Appeal of electric vehicles gaining momentum - Carolina Country
November 2017
November 2017
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The appeal of electric vehicles (EV) is gaining momentum. The push for greater mileage in terms of MPG has been joined by the push for greater miles per charge.

While many drawbacks of EVs are gone, there is still a major concern limiting EV growth dubbed “range anxiety.” This stems from the persistent limited range of all EVs. While Tesla provides 270 miles for their all-wheel drive model and 355 miles on their standard models, that pales in comparison to most internal combustion cars. And, the lack of a rapid charging infrastructure is an ongoing impediment.

Fortunately, advances in battery technology are hammering away at the range issue. Range is steadily expanding and battery management systems are squeezing out more miles. At the same time, more companies and utilities are installing efficient charging stations at their places of business and in popular public locations.

Range anxiety notwithstanding, EVs have a bright future. Prices are dropping and range is expanding so owners can confidently drive nearly everywhere with a little bit of planning.

Visit the Electric Vehicle section of our website to find out if an electric vehicle is right for you. If you decide to purchase an EV, be sure to let your electric cooperative know. The service to your home is sized to meet the demands of your house as they existed when service was connected. Adding the EV charger will create more electrical load on the wires and transformers powering your home.

Learn more about Electric Vehicles on union-power.com

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