What You Need to Know: Today's Electric Vehicles - Carolina Country
August 2021

Technology is rapidly advancing in the electric vehicle industry. Even just a year or two ago the lists of pros and cons regarding purchasing an EV would be about equal in length. That’s not the case anymore; here is the current state of considerations.

EVs are priced competitively, and there are options for every lifestyle. Many models on the market have an MSRP between $30,000 and $40,000, and buying one may qualify you for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The average cost to install a charging station in your garage is about $700. And you’ll find a wide selection available, including SUVs, sedans, hatchbacks, trucks, and luxury models.

They are cheaper and easier to maintain and cost less to run. There are no oil changes or other maintenance and repairs associated with a traditional gas engine, and brakes last longer. The cost to fuel an EV is about half what it costs to fuel a gas-powered car, which means savings every month. And most EV batteries are warrantied for 8 years or 100,000 miles.

They are safer and more fun to drive. The battery and electric motors are underneath the cabin, creating a larger crumple zone and making EVs safer. They have more torque, a silent motor, and a lower center of gravity for better handling. And they have front and rear trunks for more storage room.

They can get you where you want to go. Even if you have a long commute, current models have ranges from 250 to 400 miles, so you’ll have plenty of fuel left for after-work activities. And there is a network of public charging stations stretching across the country, making vacations possible.

Charging them is simple. Once you install a charging station in your garage, it is as simple as charging your phone. Just plug your EV in at night and it will be ready to go in the morning. And public charging stations, such as the ones provided by BEMC, can refuel you on long trips in as little as 30 minutes.

They are better for the environment. Because they don't have an exhaust system, they have no emissions, which helps us lower greenhouse gasses. And the air around them is easier to breathe.

What is an EV test drive like and what questions should I ask at the dealership? Test-driving an EV is like test driving a gas-powered car; it will be fueled up and ready to go when you get there. Ask anything you’re curious about including scheduled maintenance, range, home charging station needs, and all available tax incentives.

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