If you’re looking to save money on auto expenses and do the environment some good, a plug-in electric vehicle could be the right choice for your next vehicle. But before you leap into buying an electric car, keep in mind there are a few differences. Here are five things you should know:
Range is not an issue.
If you stare at those range numbers and cringe, you aren’t alone. The point of buying a plug-in is to save on gas, not to use gas when you go out of range. But since most plug-ins can handle a 100-mile trip on one charge, you’ll rarely need to worry about range issues.
You’ll spend less on maintenance.
You might assume that plug-in vehicles would have a high maintenance cost. In reality, they are generally low maintenance, so you will save on auto repairs! Plug-in vehicles have simpler engines and fewer parts than standard vehicles. With leasing programs and attention to battery management, you can keep your vehicle running well and avoid costly maintenance bills.
The battery affects the price point.
Like most of the tech world, plug-in vehicles use costly lithium-ion batteries. As a result, they represent the largest cost in your electric vehicle and the biggest repair if something goes wrong. This isn’t meant to scare you away, but it is something to note. If battery failure or maintenance makes you nervous, inquire about battery maintenance or leasing programs.
There are nearly 15,000 charging stations across the US.
According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are 14,000 electric stations and 35,000 outlets to charge your plug-in vehicle. Look up nearby outlets by zip code, then create a list of places to charge.
You may never have to worry about “that weird noise” again.
Gas vehicles are always making strange sounds. Electric vehicles, by contrast, are very quiet to drive. Many drivers find it a relaxing change of pace.
Electric vehicle drivers, chime in: Is there anything you wish you’d known before buying your first plug-in?