Why Electric Vehicles

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ELECTRIC CARS (EVS) AND WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER AN EV FOR YOUR NEXT CAR OR TRUCK

The future of the automobile industry is electric. Every year electric cars are getting better and cheaper and every year more and more consumer are purchasing electric cars. Depending on where you live, you likely see many electric cars every day. There are some key differences between electric cars and the gas powered cars that you are used to. This article will describe the major differences and go through what you should know to make an informed decision to purchase an EV.

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HOW DO ELECTRIC CARS WORK?

Before we go into the details on the current pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle and why you should seriously consider EV for your next vehicle let us briefly talk about what exactly is an electric car and how they work.

An electric car, or electric vehicle (EV), is a car that is propelled by one or more electric motors. These motors are powered via energy (electricity) that is stored inside onboard batteries. Compared to gas powered, or internal combustion engines, EV’s are much quieter and produce no exhaust emissions, and have much lower total emissions. They also tend to come with a lower cost of ownership, although this can vary based on where in the world you are. Since they run off of electricity, they need to be plugged in to recharge the batteries. We will discuss all of this in much more detail below

WHAT ARE HYBRID VEHICLES

This article is about electric vehicles, but we should briefly touch on Hybrids vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are cars that pair an internal combustion system with one or more electric motors and larger batteries. They fall in the middle and share some of the advantages and disadvantages of both. They offer better gas mileage then traditional gas-powered vehicles for one thing.

THE BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES – PROS

Electric vehicles offer several advantages over conventional internal combustion vehicles. These include, but are not limited to: Lower operating costs, Reduced emissions, low maintenance needs, high performance, and convenience. I will go into more detail on these below.

SMALLER CARBON FOOTPRINT

According to the EPA, one traditional gas-powered car rated at 22-miles per gallon emits an average of 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Compare that with an EV, which emits no carbon dioxide. Additionally, if the electric car is charged with renewable electricity the carbon footprint will be even lower.  Despite what some people say about the large carbon cost of battery production EVs produce less carbon dioxide on average, and can produce far less if they are run on renewable energy sources over their lifetime. I will go into more detail on this in the ‘Common Questions’ section at the bottom of the page.

EVS COST LESS TO OPERATE

Electricity is much cheaper than gas when it comes to getting you from A to B. These saving can add up quickly and, according to CapitalOne, come out to be around $632 per year. These savings can be improved if you qualify for additional tax benefits your new electric car and/or charging station. Those who also install solar panels in their home may see even more savings. Where you are and the local price of electricity will play a large role in your annual savings.