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5 Things To Consider Before Buying An Electric Car

September 25, 2020, 12:00 am

Go back ten years, and most of us had never even seen an electric car in person. Now, they’re becoming more and more common. Are you thinking about making an EV your next vehicle? Here are a few things to consider. 

Electric vehicles have plenty of positives, but there are some drawbacks, too. While research from Consumer Reports has found that EVs may be less expensive per mile to repair, when issues do come up, those repairs can be more expensive. As retail prices have down, the suitability of EVs is often down to the individual driving habits of potential drivers. 

What is your average range? How much driving do you normally do? For drivers with long commutes or jobs that cause them to do a lot of driving, the range of your EV is probably much more important than even price. 200 miles seems to be the golden number for most modern electric vehicles, which is plenty of range for most Americans. It is important to remember that your driving habits can greatly influence range, so your experience may vary. 

Can you charge up on your normal route? Charging stations for EVs are becoming more and more common, but it’s important to have a good idea of just how many are in your area and where they’re located. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes to get a partial recharge. An ideal recharging station would be located within short walking distance from your work, or a place you can stop for a while. It’s also important to find out what sort of charging those stations offer, especially if they allow for fast-charging. 

Does it cost more to insure an electric vehicle? According to some recent studies, yes. However, it doesn’t have anything to do with the type of car. EVs are typically more expensive to buy and, as a result, more expensive to insure. On average, insurance will be roughly 23% more compared to a similar gas-powered model. 

Should I buy new or used? Buying new does give you the peace of mind knowing that you’ll enjoy the full warranty of a new car. For EVs, that’s a big deal, because general maintenance can cost substantially more on electric vehicles. It’s also good to know that your battery is new, which will ensure you’ll have the full capacity and range that goes along with it. EV batteries don’t degrade quickly, but over time, they will hold less charge. There are good reasons to buy used, though. EVs decrease in value more quickly than other vehicles, which means you can get a lot of bang for your buck. 

Can you charge at home? Most regular outlets won’t have the power to give you a realistic recharge on your EV. 110 volt outlets could take days to refuel from 0 to 250 miles of range, which is why most EV owners hire an electrician to install a 240 volt outlet that can give you a top-up or full charge in hours, not days. 

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