Ongoing advances in technology, materials, and construction have made electric vehicles one of the most interesting segments of today’s car market. But what will these vehicles look like in the future? How will they be built? And, perhaps most importantly, how will we get from where we are now to an all-electric tomorrow? We’ve got some ideas…
Why are there so many options?
With so many different electric vehicle (EV) options in today’s market, choosing a vehicle can be overwhelming. Which car is best for you? What are all these acronyms like PHEV and BEV? How do they work, and which one should you choose? This guide will help answer your questions. We’ll start with some basics and move on to more advanced topics, making sure to include helpful links at every turn. The future is here – learn what it means for you!
What kind of car do you need?
Before you shop for a vehicle, take some time to decide what kind of car or truck you really need. While it’s tempting to look at how other people drive and think, I want one of those! you should know that they didn’t arrive at their driving style overnight. When shopping for a new car or truck, most people are looking for two things: power and comfort. For example, if your job requires hauling heavy loads every day, but you’re not allowed to exceed certain weight limits on local roads or highways, then you should consider either a pickup truck or commercial vehicle rather than a big SUV. On top of your own driving habits, there are other factors that will affect which kind of vehicle is right for you.
Will your commute be long enough?
New data from a group at Carnegie Mellon University shows that 90 percent of commuters could go all-electric without charging their cars at work. The key question is whether your commute will be long enough to run out of battery life, because you’d then have to charge up before leaving again. For instance, if you travel 50 miles to work and back each day, your commute isn’t quite long enough for an all-electric car (though you could probably make it in a plug-in hybrid). In fact, nine out of 10 Americans who drive 30 miles or less per day would be candidates for an all-electric commuter vehicle. So keep that in mind when buying a new car—especially if state and local governments are willing to help pay for it.
Should you wait for an all-electric vehicle?
As more automakers jump on board with all-electric vehicle development, it might be tempting to wait and see which one you want to buy. But that’s not necessarily a good idea, because they aren’t here yet. In fact, some industry experts predict we won’t see widespread adoption until 2020 or beyond. So if you’re thinking about buying an EV soon, you may end up waiting much longer than you think. Instead of waiting around for a dream car that doesn’t exist yet, why not go with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid? The technology is already available and they’re in your price range—and they offer most of what makes EVs great, like enhanced efficiency and reduced emissions.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
It seems like an electric vehicle revolution is on its way. With more than 30,000 plug-in EVs on roads across America, there’s no denying that they’ve become a part of our transportation landscape. Experts are now forecasting that widespread adoption of EVs could happen by 2020 or even as soon as 2018. For many states and cities around America, it’s time to start planning for that future. Installation of EV charging stations could begin as early as next year and wouldn’t cease until all charging stations were in place.
How to Save Money on an Electric Vehicle
There’s a lot to love about electric cars. They’re zero-emission and environmentally friendly, and they can also save you money—especially if you own an EV rather than just lease one. But are they affordable? Can average consumers afford them? The answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind before choosing an EV instead of a gas-powered car. Here’s how to save money on an electric vehicle.
Is it worth leasing an EV?
If you’re going to lease a new vehicle, should it be an EV? Though there’s plenty of information out there on buying an EV, it seems leasing them is a whole different story. The fact is that buying and selling EVs has some nuances that don’t apply to gas-powered cars. So if you’re thinking about getting into an EV or already have one and are looking to lease, consider these things before signing up for your next two years with your car dealer.
Where Can You Drive Your EV?
Many EV owners enjoy driving their vehicle and some even use it as their primary form of transportation. However, many EV drivers live in urban areas where they may not have access to convenient charging locations. The solution: carpooling! If you’re in a city that allows EVs, look for an EV driver who would be willing to carpool with you into work or other daily activities. Not only will you benefit from free parking spots and gas savings but also from your new friend!