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If National Drive Electric Week has you thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV), then you have a lot to consider. Owning an EV is different than owning a gas-powered vehicle, which can make the decision intimidating. We hope the information here can help make your decision a little easier.

There are a lot of advantages to owning an EV

  • Because your EV won’t need gas, you can put your trips to the gas station in the rear-view mirror and power your car at home. In fact, charging your car overnight provides a full charge for the next day. Level 2 charging stations, like our Electric Vehicle Charger Lease, allow you to charge your car on average six times faster than a Level 1 “trickle charger,” delivering up to 25 miles of range per hour.  
  • EVs are emissions-free, making them better for the environment than gas-powered vehicles.
  • They require less maintenance – with no oil to change, fewer moving parts to lubricate, and brakes that don’t need replaced as often.

But they’re not without some shortcomings  

  • You’ll need access to an electrical outlet – and, depending on the type of charger, you may need to upgrade the electric box in your house or garage.
  • Instead of spending a few minutes at the gas pump, your EV will need to be plugged in four to eight hours to ensure a fully charged battery.  
  • A fully charged battery range is typically 60 to 120 miles. While this may work well for people who stay fairly close to home, EVs may not be ideal for people with longer commutes.
  • EVs cost more than their gas-powered counterparts. However, over time, prices will decrease as demand increases and more models become available.

Purchasing an EV may take careful consideration. Fortunately, during National Drive Electric Week, events are held nationwide to heighten awareness of the availability and benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  If you’re considering going electric, you can talk to EV owners at an event to help you decide if the purchase makes sense for you and your family. Simply click here to find all the National Drive Electric Week events in your area.*

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