When it comes to the big expenses in life, purchasing a car is up there as one of the most expensive purchases you can make. With so many cars on the market, and indeed on the road, it can be hard to know exactly what to go for when it comes to making your decision.
This can be a little bit harder if you are looking for your next car to be eco-friendly.
Being committed to reducing your carbon footprint by reducing plastic waste, recycling more and cutting down on throwaway purchases is the best way to do this so it makes sense you wouldn’t want to undo this by driving a car that counteracts all the other work you are doing.
With electric cars making up only 2.4% of the market share of new car sales in the US in 2017, most vehicles on the road are still fuelled by diesel and petrol. This can narrow down your market quite a lot when looking for your next set of wheels. Along with the cost of purchasing a fully electric car, it may push your dream eco-friendly car out of reach. But before you dismiss the idea of owning a fully electric car, why not look at all the different ways it can not only help look after the environment but also save you money too.
No More Visits to The Gas Station
Filling up at the gas station could be a thing of the past when you choose to buy your next car and go electric. With the price of gas on the rise, households are feeling the pinch when it comes to filling up for the daily commute. However, by being able to charge your vehicle from home, you can take advantage of lower costs associated with driving.
Depending on your vehicle, you may need to install electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). A level 1 EVSE can charge your car from an existing outlet at home and will give you about 2 to 5 miles of range to a vehicle per hour of charging time depending on your circumstances. This is suitable for most hybrid cars, should you opt to purchase a Hybrid and some fully electric cars.
Vehicles requiring level 2 EVSE will require specialist charging units to be installed at your home. These give a greater amount of power per charging hour – around 10 – 60 miles. This will come with an extra cost depending on your area and installation needs but this could come with an incentive from either your state or the utility companies. Remember, should you require to install a level 2 EVSE, to hire the appropriate contractor who is fully qualified and knowledgeable in this area.
But how much will it add to your utility bills should you charge your car from home? It is suggested, thanks to a recent survey, that fully charging a 100 kWh battery charge & 259 miles per charge it would cost approximately $5 per 100 miles. This can mean you can take advantage of considerable savings on fuel prices whilst also knowing you are reducing emissions and lowering your carbon footprint as you drive. And with 2019 electric car models being able to drive over 200 miles (model dependent) on a single charge, you don’t have to worry about stopping your journey or running out of charge easily.
The Benefit of Technology.
As technology advances, so does the way cars are made. Fitted with the latest gadgets to help you make the most of your car you can benefit not only from savings when it comes to recharging your vehicle but also fewer repairs too.
Replacing the traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor can mean less wear and tear. This leads to fewer engine repairs. And as they produce no tailpipe emissions, there is no tailpipe meaning one less repair to have to worry about too. The same applies to spark plugs, drive hoses catalytic converters and more.
In fact, a service for an electric car is much simpler and involves checks on brake pads, tyres and a few components.
That being said, something you need to make sure is in its best condition is the battery. Vehicle start-stop battery technology can put a lot of pressure on a car battery so you would need to make sure you have the best quality battery for your car from a trusted supplier.
Another benefit of driving an electric vehicle is the noise. Or rather, lack of it. Electric motors are silent and this is usually the best way to tell if you are indeed driving or riding in a fully electric car. So for those who want to get away from the noise and fuss of a gasoline engine and drive in complete silence, an electric car could be the vehicle of your dreams.
Choosing To Drive Electric
In summary, whilst the initial outlay for choosing to purchase a fully electric car can be off-putting, the benefits of choosing to go electric for your next vehicle far outweigh any negatives. With lower running costs and the ease of charging at home, electric cars come with a convenience that can fit right into your lifestyle. and with electric charging stations on the rise across the US, you aren’t restricted as to where you can charge up.
The low costs associated with keeping your car on the road is another huge bonus too. Gone are the days of expensive engine repairs or replacement of parts worn from many hours driving. With fewer components and a more efficient electric motor, sky-high mechanic bills could also be a thing of the past if you look after your car correctly to keep it working at it best. It really is a more affordable option for those wishing to live more eco-friendly but with the convenience of having a car to help you get from A to B.