When electric vehicles (EVs) first entered the automotive market, they developed a reputation for being expensive, limited in range, and unattractive. Now, thanks to advances in technology and design, it’s time to take a new look at EVs.
Are EVs expensive?
New models are coming to market with MSRPs 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. The cost to fuel an EV is about half what it costs to fuel a gas-powered car, which means savings every month.
Can an EV get me where I want to go?
Absolutely. 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 nation, making vacations possible.
How do I charge an EV?
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 Level 3 public charging stations can refuel you on long trips in as little as 30 minutes.
What types of models are available?
There are a wide selection of EVs coming to market, including SUVs, sedans, hatchbacks, trucks and luxury models.
What about maintenance?
Maintaining an EV is easier than maintaining a gas-powered car. There are no oil changes, brakes last longer, and there are fewer moving parts to break or wear out. Most batteries are now warrantied for 8 years or 100,000 miles.
Are there any other advantages?
There are many. The battery and small electric motors are underneath the cabin, creating a larger crumple zone and making EVs safer. They have front and rear trunks for more storage room. And people say that they are more fun to drive; they have more torque, a silent motor, and a lower center of gravity for better handling.
What is a 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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