The electric revolution is coming to town. With the turn of events that has begun gripping the new generation of car consumers from melting polar ice caps to rising sea levels, has taught us one thing. It is time for a change! With the population of the earth steadily rising, the number of automobiles on the road has reached an unprecedented 1.2 Billion! This is slated to increase to 2 Billion by 2035! All of these cars are expected to be run on much cleaner forms of fuel or hybrids, because if not, we can bid adieu to our survival as we know it.
For educating the consumer on choosing an electric vehicle is like stepping into a brave new world. A new generation of vehicles for a new generation of mankind! We are here to do just that!
What should I look before buying my first electric vehicle? We’ll help you answer that!
The Operating Range Of The Vehicle Is Enough For Me?
The current generation of E-vehicles have made this question obsolete, but there was a time when the range of most electric vehicle struggled to breathe beyond the 100 mile limit! When choosing a model you want to make sure that its range is sufficient to help you in your daily commute.
Whatever your need may be, overestimate it. That is because the estimated electric car range will vary on your driving conditions. You are more likely to burn faster through the Watts if you’re blazing down the highway than say if you were driving in town. Not just this, but if the temperature were to say drop due to the oncoming winters then know that the vehicles range could drop as much as 40%, with a 20% drop if you’re driving in the summers with the A/C blasting! So be sure to select the best range electric car as per your needs.
Will The Vehicle Meet My Other Need?
What do I mean by this? If you have a family with kids, will the backseats be enough to house them? If you are an outdoor person, who loves to take long drives and plan excursions, will the cargo space be enough to fit in all your gears and equipment? Choose a make and model that suits your preferential needs, and comes with features that complement it. You don’t want to go for a Tesla Roadster if that’s the car you want to take your wife and kids to the park to!
Are There Public Charging Stations For Me To Charge From, Apart From My House?
Public chargers are generally installed at new car dealerships, public depots and urban streets. Companies such as Tesla have their own dedicated line of charger stations exclusively for their models. But with that said, most chargers are limited to urban and at most suburban areas. These areas have sometimes level 3 charging (Also called DC charging) compared to the much weaker level 2 variant. Level 3 can charge 80% of the battery in a mere 30-60 minute interval.
Where And How Will I Juice Up My E-Vehicle?
Al though there are a number of public charging stations that have begun opening up, there isn’t denying that it is cheaper to do it at home. You can plug your car into a standard 110V wall outlet. This is called a Level 1 charging. The time taken could be as much as 15-24 hours! That isn’t ideal if you commute to work every day. The better alternative would be to install a 240V outlet, which is a level 2 charging. This can fully charge your battery in under 4 hours.
How Long Do I Expect To Own One?
Those who are planning to own their E-vehicle like they did for their gas powered one, around 15 years that is may be surprised to know that there will be a time to replace the batteries. Assuming that you own an electric vehicle, it won’t be cheap to replace the batteries. It could amount to anywhere from $5000- $15000. An electric vehicle’s battery degrades over time, so choose an automaker that covers you well in that regard!
Insuring Electric Vehicles?
Insuring electric vehicles are costlier than their gas powered counterpart. 20% costlier to be exact! This means that they’re less safe or more prone to accidents than other vehicle types. Not just that but, electric vehicles are priced higher than conventional alternatives and cost more to replace, especially the battery after damage.
Should You Buy Or Lease An Electric Car?
Leasing an electric vehicle for two or three years can help ensure you’ll keep up with the latest technology, particularly with regard to operating range. On the down side, leasing virtually guarantees you’ll be making a perpetual car payment. Another thing is that, you’ll end up paying even more if you cross the stipulated mileage cap or return it in anything less than the mint condition.