Weigh Pros and Cons of EV Ownership
While they still represent a comparatively small slice of the new-car market, electric vehicles (EVs) are growing more popular every year. As battery technology and range improves – and gas prices steadily increase – more and more folks are looking to purchase an EV as their next vehicle. Making the switch from gasoline to electric power has many advantages, but if we're being realistic, there are some disadvantages, too. At the Rizza Auto Group, we believe that an informed customer is a happy customer. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about the pros and cons of EV ownership.
Advantages of EV Ownership
There are certainly many benefits to driving an EV. As more and more manufacturers add electric vehicles into their fleets, there are also more EV choices than ever before. Deciding if an electric vehicle is right for you simply involves looking to see if the list of benefits outweigh the current disadvantages of EV ownership.
- The environment. Since EVs produce zero emissions, they're better for the planet than vehicles that burn gasoline.
- Electricity is renewable. Unlike fossil fuels – of which a finite amount exists – electricity can be generated from numerous 100% renewable sources.
- Less maintenance. With fewer moving parts and no oil to change, an EV requires considerably less maintenance than vehicles with an internal combustion engine. Plus, EVs are typically easier on brakes, too.
- Smooth and quiet. EVs deliver power in a smooth, linear way, and run very quietly, especially when compared to gasoline and diesel engines.
- Tax credits and HOV lane access. EV buyers are often pleasantly surprised to discover that electric vehicles are eligible for federal tax credits that lower their cost. In addition, many states allow EVs to use the carpool lane – even if you're driving alone.
Disadvantages of EV Ownership
EVs may not be for everyone. The technology is constantly improving, minimizing the disadvantages each year. However, for many drivers, overcoming some of the following hurdles can be difficult if not impossible based on where you live, or how you drive. If these negatives outweigh the positives for you, then it may be best to wait.
- Shorter range than an internal combustion engine. Battery capacity and range is constantly improving among EVs, but it's still not on par with most gasoline-powered vehicles. In many cases, you'll get more miles to a tank than to a charge.
- Smaller charging infrastructure. While you can find a gas station on nearly every street corner, it can sometimes be difficult to find a convenient charging station.
- Charging time. Even fast-charging – when you can find a charging station that offers it – takes longer than filling a gas tank.
- Expense. Electric vehicles are typically more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts, even taking into account possible tax credits. You may choose the additional expense to install a charger at home.
- Fewer Choices. When it comes to EVs, there's simply fewer choices as to models. Even full-line manufacturers typically only offer one or two EV models at this time.
Frequently Asked Questions About EVs
The short answer is: it depends! Driving range depends on a variety of factors, the most obvious of which is the specific model of EV that you choose along with its battery size. The temperature and climate that you typically drive in can play a role as well. However, most of the electric vehicles currently available at the Rizza Auto Group have EV ranges of over 200 miles with certain models boasting greater than 300 miles of total driving range on a full charge.
Yes! While there are a number of factors to consider, an electric vehicle does not produce any emissions during normal driving as compared to a conventional engine. When using renewable energy resources to charge your EV, you're doing even more to reduce your carbon footprint. In day-to-day operation, electric vehicles are much better for the environment.
Very simple! All you need to do is plug your vehicle into a charger using its dedicated charging cable, just like your smartphone! Remember that there are currently three different types of charging stations that require different types of charging cables in order to use. From household outlets and 240v connections to dedicated fast-charging stations – you have a variety of choices available for charging (charging capability can vary by model).
As more and more drivers make the switch to an all-electric vehicle, it's never been easier to find a charging station! Certain manufacturers have their preferred networks that offer complimentary or discounted charging rates. However, there is a growing network of charging stations available to the general public. Some of the best resources for finding charging stations include PlugShare, Open Charge Map, and Electrify America.
Most manufacturers include warranty coverage specifically for the batteries of an electric vehicle, typically ranging between 5 and 8 years. Most experts predict that current EV battery technology can deliver lifespans that range from 10 to upwards of even 20 years under ideal conditions.
Find Your Next Vehicle at Rizza Cars
Regardless if you choose an internal combustion engine, a fully electric vehicle, or you fall somewhere in the middle where a hybrid model may be your best choice – the team at the Rizza Auto Group is here to help you find the car, truck, or SUV of your dreams! Contact Us below and we'll happily guide you through all the choices available to you today!