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January 5, 2016

A Case for the Electric Car: 5 Benefits of Plug-In Vehicles

Photo Credit: Tesla Motors

Reduced emissions, increased energy security, considerably lower fuel costs – why wouldn’t you want an electric car?

Not many people are aware of the characteristics of such a car and, therefore, they don’t know that they are missing out on a huge opportunity. Some people are still reluctant about this kind of vehicle while others who’ve already tried it describe it as being pretty high tech and sometimes even fun.

Undoubtedly, there are two major reasons for which you could consider buying an electric car: you either wish to spend less money, or you are a true protector of the environment. Regardless of your motivation, you will, of course, have to make some adjustments in lifestyle. You must get used to recharging your car instead of filling the tank. Also, you will need to get accustomed to the “under 100 miles” range. But, if you look at the bigger picture, the benefits surpass the advantages.

Still not convinced? Here are five benefits that plug-in vehicles have.

1. It’s Cheap to Use Them

For 100 miles, a conventional car will cost you approximately $13 – an electric one, almost $4. Taking into consideration the fact that electricity is cheaper for almost every other type of fuel, this is a pretty sweet deal. Also, you don’t need to worry about maintenance costs.

2. Energy Security

The days are getting darker and darker for the energy sector in most countries. With a transportation sector that consumes about 70 percent of the oil stock and the military spending trillions in this direction, you might wonder, how is the market going to survive? Changing your old car for an electric vehicle could be a solution. Just think about it, you won’t have to rely on oil anymore, but on the type of energy that is renewable, domestic and clean.

3. Plug-In Vehicles Are Cheaper Now

Every major producer of electric vehicles has reduced the prices from 2013 to at least a third. But, now comes the dilemma: should you buy an electric car now or wait to see if the prices will drop even more? The battery price might drop making plug-in cars more accessible. Also, manufacturers are planning to add new features that might make the driving experience more enjoyable. So, there are a few good reasons to wait to see how the EV market evolves.

However, if you decide to buy an electric car now, you must be aware of the 70-100 miles limit. But, don’t let this limitation bother you. According to recent studies, people usually don’t drive more than 40 miles on a regular day. More than that, you don’t have to stop to fill up the tank – you can charge your car at night while you are sleeping.

4.  Cleaner Air

The world today requires (and encourages) more awareness regarding things that are happening all around the globe. With so much information at your disposal, it would be plain stupid not to take an interest in current trends.

Its no secret that cars are polluting the environment. The air is filled with toxins that have a huge impact on everybody’s health. While no one is saying that electric vehicles are going to save the world, they are certainly part of the solution.

5. The Government Helps You

You can get up to $7,500 in tax credit from the federal government for the purchase of an electrical car. Even more, you can probably get some incentives from the local and state governments as well. Another benefit comes from the fact that the dealer will have to do all the paperwork if you purchase an electric car through a federal credit.

The list of benefits does not stop here. There is considerably lower maintenance needed; it is simpler than a hybrid, the infrastructure regarding charge is well structured now, and there is even a plan to use solar energy as fuel. Not to mention the drop in greenhouse gas emissions, of course.

Given all this, what are your concerns about electric cars? What holds you back from purchasing one? Share your opinion on the matter in the comments below.


Jason Bekiaris is marketing manager at Dilawri's Crown Auto Group.