10 Reasons to Get an Electric Car Today
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10 reasons to get an

Electric Car

today

What would you need to make the switch to an electric vehicle? Here are ten reasons why electric cars and charging stations are our transportation future:


➊ It is Getting Cheaper

Buying an EV will save you money – and is only set to save you more and more as battery prices plummet due to the battery revolution.

In late 2017 the premium automaker Tesla started selling its affordable electric car which starts at $35K before incentives, just slightly above the average car price in the US.

The biggest expense in making an electric car is battery cost. Between 2010 and 2016 battery cost have dropped more than 70%. Electric cars are expected to become the cheapest option without subsidies in a few years, as soon as 2025.

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➋ Cheaper to Fuel

EVs are dramatically cheaper to fuel than their gasoline counterparts. UCS analysis has shown that driving 100 miles on electricity costs an average of $3.45 compared to driving the same distance on gasoline, which would set you back $13.52. Over the average lifetime of a vehicle, these fuel savings swell to nearly $13,000 for EV owners.

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  • Tesla Model X AWD
  • Nissan LEAF

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➌ Less Maintenance

Despite being an advanced technology, EVs are remarkably simple to maintain. EV engines have fewer moving parts compared to their conventional vehicle counterparts, and you can forget about oil changes in battery electric vehicles. Brake pads will also require periodic maintenance, but not nearly as often as conventional vehicles since EVs use brakes less thanks to regenerative braking. 

➍ Super Performance

Since EVs have extremely high torque power, their pickup is very quick and smooth, leaving gas-powered vehicles eating dust. Most people are quite surprised at how much more comfortable the ride is too, and some might say that it makes gas-powered cars seem clunky and clumsy.


➎ The Range is Improving

When EVs first nudged into the market, the truth was, they couldn’t travel very far and recharging stations were few and far between. They remained a city car, going 60 miles tops without needing to be charged. Today’s Bolt can travel nearly 240 miles and newer models will have longer range — as much as 300 – 350 miles, similar to our gas engine cars today. And, it will be easier to find a place to charge them.

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  • Hybrid car
  • Electric Car
  • Tesla Roadster2

➏ Spacious Interior

Since EVs have a small electric motor instead of a big engine, most EVs have a front trunk, also known as a “frunk” for extra storage space.

Electrick cars have flat floors, which makes for a more spacious interior. Most gas cars on the other hand have a “floor hump“ which accommodates the drivetrain. It typically houses the axle and drive shaft or the exhaust. Its absence in EVs make a big difference.

➐ It Saves the Planet

Transportation accounts for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions. To see how clean are EVs compared to gas-powered cars we need to look at every stage of its life.  By the end of their lives, the average gas car emits 57 tons of global warming emissions, compared to 28 tons for a battery electric car. Disposing and recycling each car adds less than one ton of emissions, and remember that electric car batteries can be recycled or reused. In the final tally an 84-mile range battery electric car cuts global warming emissions by more than 50 percent, compared with a similar sized gas powered car, making up for the battery manufacturing emissions within one year of driving. As the country adds more and more renewable sources of electricity, driving electric will get even better.

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➑ Pay Less Taxes

Many countries around the world have established financial incentives to promote EVs, mainly tax exemptions and tax credits. In the US, the federal government tax credit is for $2,500 to $7,500 per new EV purchased. The size of the tax credit depends on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity. Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for EV incentives from your state, city, or utility. In other countries like Norway, EVs are exempt from value added tax (VAT) and purchase tax, which on average in Norway add 50% to the cost of a vehicle. They are also exempt from road tolls, tunnel-use charges, and ferry charges. And they get free parking, free charging, and the freedom to use bus lanes.


➒ It’s Quiet

The sound a car's internal combustion engine is so pervasive few people even notice it anymore. Electric cars on the other hand are very quiet, making hardly any engine noise. The only noises they usually generate is caused by wind resistance or tire noises, and that is only at moderate to higher speeds.


➓ It is the New Trend

The reasons why people buy an electric vehicle vary—some may want to take advantage of tax credits, or some may be hyper-aware of their carbon footprint, and some just don’t want to be stopping at the gas station every couple of weeks—but there’s no denying that electric vehicles are becoming more popular. With popularity comes all new types of cars being put on the market that are each unique, providing you with a wealth of choices moving forward. As with many things, it often takes a few early-adopters before things start to catch on with the general public. It’s estimated that electric cars will account for approximately 35 percent of all car sales globally by 2040.

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