Everything you need to know to switch to an electric car today
If you have ever considered making the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, don’t drag your feet. Though EV prices are falling, and states are unveiling more and more public charging stations and plug-in-ready parking spots, the governments are doing everything it can to slam the brakes on our progress away from gas-burning internal combustion engines. In the face of the administration’s hostility to combating climate change, the action of individual citizens grows ever more important. The Greece is a big producer of greenhouse gases, and transportation accounts for the largest share of pollution of any sector of the economy. Driving an EV or hybrid gives us an opportunity to help rein that in.
Cleaner cars also make good economic sense. The fuel efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks operating in electric mode is equivalent to up to 100 km / 7 litre in a conventional automobile, according to the reserch to Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center. That translates into average annual savings of close to 1500euro for EV drivers.
Plus, EVs are just fun to drive. They’re practically silent, handle beautifully, have no tailpipes (and therefore no tailpipe emissions), and produce instant torque, making acceleration on the road fast and smooth. “It’s a great driving experience.
Take advantage of incentives while they last
Consumers can currently buy and lease EVs at a considerable discount thanks to tax credits and other incentives offered by the government, states, and localities. Benefits like local electricity discounts, reduced tolls, and good prices for installing home charging equipment further sweeten the deal.
Consider your (many) EV options
With commitments from the world’s major carmakers to eliminate internal combustion in their cars before 2025 or 2030, the design, production, and delivery of EVs has shifted into high gear. More than 40 EV and plug-in hybrids from a dozen manufacturers are now on the market, and carmakers will soon roll out many more models, including lots of electric SUVs.
Shrug off any feelings of “range anxiety"
Today’s EVs offer a median per-charge range of 150-200 km. Given that the average driver uses his or her vehicle 30 km a day, you can get through much of the week before you’ll need to recharge—which most EV owners do while they sleep at night, either through an outlet in their own garage or via a communal port at a co-op or condo complex.
Finding the nearest charging station when you’re on the go just got a lot easier, too: Along with excellent online resources like ChargeHub and Plugshare, Google Maps has added a locator feature for smartphones, which includes information about the business where the station is found, charging speeds, and port types.
Take advantage of low-cost charging perks. If you charge primarily at night, you may be able to access off-peak rates, or your costs may even be zeroed out completely. For example, some utilities offer incentives to plug in an onboard diagnostics device that transmits charging data, and then pay drivers a flat fee when they don’t charge during peak hours. And lest you worry about sacrificing convenience, drivers can simply program their EVs to draw power automatically at a certain time of night to avoid having to run out to plug in. So greening your personal transportation by going electric isn’t just good for your wallet, the economy, and the planet—it also won’t cause you to lose any sleep.