As electric cars become less expensive and widely available, more people are interested in buying them – especially with gas prices on the rise. Here are 9 questions to ask before making your decision:
- Does the Car Have Enough Range?
Many of today’s EVs offer over 200 miles of range on a charge, though there are still some that have much less. Many factors impact a car’s range, such as your speed, your driving habits, the weather, and the car’s climate control.
- Can I Charge My Electric Vehicle at Home?
You can charge your EV using a standard 110-volt wall outlet, but it only adds about 4 miles of range per charging hour. Many EV owners have a 240-volt outlet installed in their garage. This can add 25 miles of range per charging hour.
- How Much Does Electricity Cost?
The price of electricity varies depending on where you live. Charging at home is typically cheaper than public charging, though some public charging units are free.
- Are There Public Charging Stations Nearby?
You should locate the charging stations in your area and on your typical routes, and then determine what type of charging they support. You can use resources like PlugShare.com and PlugInAmerica.org.
- Can I Take My EV on Road Trips?
There shouldn’t be an issue mapping out your trip and making sure there’s a charging station every three hours or so – especially if you’re traveling on major highways.
- What Electric Vehicle Incentives are Available?
There is a $7,500 tax credit, but the full amount only applies to new, fully electric cars. However, not all EVs qualify for the tax credit. Before buying an EV, be sure to talk to a tax professional to make sure you’ll get the credit.
- Should I Buy a New or Used Electric Car?
Buying new guarantees your car will have a full warranty, the longest electric range currently available, and up-to-date tech and safety features. New EVs are also eligible for the tax credit and other incentives, unlike the used EVs. However, used EVs are much cheaper than new.
- What Do I Need to Know About EV Maintenance?
Overall, electric cars require less maintenance than gas-powered cars. There are virtually no fluids to change, and the friction brakes last longer since regenerative braking assists with stopping the car.
- How Much Does it Cost to Insure an Electric Car?
Because EVs are more expensive and typically cost more to repair than traditional cars, insurance tends to cost more. Talk to your local insurance agent or click here to learn more.