Electric Vehicle: Is it Right for You?

Woman in her business dress is charging her electric vehicle

Driving an electric vehicle is tempting to anyone who pays for a lot of fossil fuel. Who wouldn’t want to dump a gas guzzler in favor of a car that runs on electric or solar power? But before ditching your gas-engine vehicle, some factors must be taken into consideration.

The most significant benefit of electric vehicle ownership is having reduced dependence on gasoline or diesel fuel. However, electric-powered vehicles come with their own set of concerns and expenses.

How Far Do You Usually Drive?

Most electric vehicles have limited ranges due to battery life. 

Generally, motorists driving 75 miles or less in a single trip should have few concerns. However, if you enjoy jumping in the car and seeing where life takes you or driving long distances, this could present limitations. With a gas-engine car, you can fuel up anywhere and keep moving. While electrical charging stations are available, it could take planning and time to find stations to recharge your battery. However, the range for EVs is expanding, which is good news for EV drivers. 

Is Driving One of Your Job Duties?

Sales representatives and other workers who drive significant distances as part of their job could find electric vehicles unworkable. However, gas-engine cars are always reliable, and gas is easily accessible, albeit getting more expensive all the time. 

Do You Rent or Own a Home?

Like other types of technology, the only way to keep an electric car running is by charging it. To accommodate the new addition, you’ll need the ability to install a specialized charger in your garage. If you are a renter, this alone could be a deal killer. Whatever the case, it’s a no-go without a way to charge your car at home conveniently. In addition, installing a car charger in your home represents more upfront expenses if this is a concern.

Are You Single or Driving for a Family?

Most single people with predictable driving schedules and access to a charger can drive an EV with confidence. Transporting a family around is a different story, though. If using an electric car as a primary means of transportation, many trips can exceed the recommended driving range. For example, you may have to take the kids to soccer practice or run to the store. However, electric and alternative energy cars can easily handle short runs and daily driving without much issue.

Let Your Lifestyle Decide

Ultimately, deciding to purchase an electric vehicle will come down to whether it fits your lifestyle or not. For most drivers, the limitations in range and the need to recharge are the main considerations. 

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