The number of electric vehicles sold in the US is on the rise. In fact, over the last five years, the number of electric vehicles sold has increased by 280 percent, while the total number of passenger vehicles has increased by only 20 percent in the United States. So why are people buying more electric vehicles? Should you consider EVs when you are making your next car-buying decision?
Electric Vehicles Are Less Expensive to Own than Gas-Powered Vehicles
In many parts of the United States, the total cost of ownership of electric vehicles is actually less than that of gas-powered vehicles, despite the fact that electric vehicles are more expensive to purchase than their gasoline counterparts. When you factor in federal and state rebates for purchasing electric vehicles and that on average electric vehicles cost 60 percent less per mile to operate than gas-powered cars, the total costs that EV owners pay to fuel and service their vehicles is less than their internal-combustion-engine-driving neighbors. Rebates and fuel costs, both gasoline and electricity, vary by location and should be considered when deciding whether to buy an electric vehicle or not.
Electric Vehicles Save You Time
Think about the time it takes you to refill your gas tank – you have to either get off the highway or weave through traffic to pull into a gas station, you wait for a spot to open up, you spend five to seven minutes standing there while the tank fills up, and then you may even have to go inside to pay. After you pull out of the gas station and return to your normal speed, you may have lost ten to fifteen minutes. Compare that to EV drivers that pull into their garage, connect the charger on their wall to their car, and then walk away. Of course it takes longer to charge your car battery than it does to refill your gas tank, but how much of that time does it actually take the driver to accomplish this?
In addition to saving time filling up, EV drivers spend significantly less time at repair centers than drivers of gas-powered cars. Electric vehicles have 25 percent fewer parts than gas-powered cars, which means they have fewer things that can go wrong. No more spending your lunch hour getting your oil replaced every three months. You will still have to get some normal maintenance with electric vehicles, like realignment of your tires or replacing your windshield, but the overall time servicing EVs is significantly less than gas-powered cars. How much do you value your time?
Electric Vehicles are Safer
Because most electric vehicles’ powertrain sits under the car, instead under the hood, electric vehicles have more crumple zones and a lower center of gravity than their gas-powered counterparts. The crumple zone is the area around the driver and passengers that absorbs the impact of crashes. Without an engine in the front of the car, electric vehicle manufacturers have more space to work with and can better design their cars to absorb frontal collisions.
You may have heard about horrific electric car fires on the news, but the rate of electric car deaths is far lower than deaths from gas-powered car accidents. Electric vehicles have batteries, which can catch on fire, but they don’t have gasoline, which is literally used for combustion.