Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, can be cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.
Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.
Incentives and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.
EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)
Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.
Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.
Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.
78% of first-time electric owners and 89% of multiple-EV owners would definitely consider purchasing another electric vehicle.
Fully electric cars offer zero local emissions and offer the biggest potential savings on maintenance and fuel.
Plug-in hybrids have a rechargable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.
Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.
These efficent, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.
Charging times vary depending on the type of charger used.
Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plug-in hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.
Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.
Level 3 are the fastest and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 chargers can completely charge a vehicle in less than an hour, making them a great choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
For plug-in hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.
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Up to $7,500 is available from the federal government for purchasers of new electric vehicles , and there is now a credit of up to $4,000 for used electric vehicles, which can make buying an EV even more affordable for some drivers. However, a number of restrictions apply. For instance, there are price caps of $55,000 for cars, and $80,000 for trucks, vans, and SUVs; income caps are also in place.
Also, only vehicles whose final assembly is completed in North America qualify for clean energy vehicle credits.
State, local, and regional authorities offer additional incentives for EV buyers.
Use the GreenCars EV Incentives tool for a personalized look at the most up to date information available.
Other advantages of owning an EV include:
This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”
A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle - about half - than for gasoline-powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
Charging time depends on what type of charger is in use:
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.