The holiday season is here, giving opportunity to pause your life as you know it, bid goodbye to your everyday worries and re-unite with your loved ones. With friends and family coming together for the festive season, some meeting for the first time after many months, it is the perfect time to revive old memories and strengthen bonds. Of course, the holidays become that much sweeter with gifts, whether thoughtful, sweet, practical, or helpful, but sometimes figuring out what to get is a challenge on its own.
Consider giving a gift that’s useful, long lasting, and practical to someone close to you who really deserves a little spoiling. Maybe, you’re interested in buying a gleaming car for your niece, or a much-needed replacement car for a friend with a long commute to work in a clunker that eats through a gallon every ten miles. If that’s the case, consider electric cars.
Electric cars are one of the most talked-about technological innovations, being a big hit amongst environmentally conscious people. However, with recent advances in battery and vehicle technology, an electric car is a practical alternative for anyone wanting to save on gasoline, whether for long commutes or habitual road-tripping. In a short list, here are the benefits of electric cars in contrast to conventional ones.
1) The Future of Technology
Buying an electric vehicle (EV) is more than just a way to save money on gasoline. In places like the Silicon Valley, sentiments towards self-sustaining infrastructure is rapidly taking hold, putting EV owners ahead of the trends. Communities with tech companies heading the domestic product form the strata of state-of-the-art technology, promoting efforts to move towards an efficient and green society. Electric vehicles on the roads, in combination with a fully-supported electric infrastructure, is one part of a greater vision for the future of society. As such, there is no better time than now to experience what will shape the auto industry for years to come.
2) Cost Efficient
While on average, a regular fuel run car can incur a cost of $15,000 a year, an EV equivalent of the same in comparison costs only $600. In addition, some deals offered by power-saving companies make “off-peak” usage cheaper, making charging an EV overnight a great advantage. With many mid-range consumer electric cars such as the pure-electric Ford Focus starting at around $29,000, drivers who find themselves with one-hour commutes on the road will save significantly over the course of six months.
3) No Unnecessary Stops or Expenses
Trips to the gas station is another chore on a long list of chores that none of us really want to do. However, overnight charging of an EV in the garage effectively skirts around the hassle of stopping for gas, relying on your house’s power grid to recharge the battery. This allows for consistently uninterrupted commutes, just as long as you drive with your vehicle’s battery range in mind.
4) Less Maintenance
Unlike a piston engine operated vehicle, an electronic vehicle leaves out about a dozen mechanical parts. These left out parts contribute to a variety of maintenance tasks like frequent oil changing, spark plugs, and air filter replacement in a conventional automobile. The reduction in maintenance thus adds additional benefit in savings and convenience.
5) Environment Friendly
Last but not the least, one of the most obvious features of an EV is that they can cut down on as much as 95% of the pollution created from driving a gasoline-based car. They produce zero greenhouse gases, including harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, non-methane hydrocarbons and many others.
Cars to Look Out For
With all that being said, buying an electric car is a significant investment. Take some time to carefully consider what the lucky recipient of your generous gift would expect from an electric vehicle, whether it’d be for your wife, husband, close friend, or yourself. If you’re considering a mid-range, practical commuter car, the Ford Focus Electric or the ever-popular Nissan Leaf are sound choices. The Ford Focus Electric has a vehicle range of 78 miles, nice, bursting acceleration at lower highway speeds, and a premium-quality interior. The Nissan Leaf boasts nimble handling, an impressive zero-to-40 mph performance, and an 84 mile driving range. Similar to all electric vehicles, both cars offer the option of upgrading the battery pack to reach up to 104 miles driving range. However, these smaller electric cars suffer from a noticeable lack of cargo space.
If you have a higher-reaching budget, consider the Tesla Model S. Being one of the most well-received electric vehicles on the market, the reasons why are no mystery considering its sleek, impressive exterior, silent prowling, and a massive driving range of 315 miles. The Model S sports an instant torque response, driving in 315 horsepower straight to the wheels to provide a 0 – 60 mph standing of 5.5 seconds, a performance that’s sure to impress all but the most discerning. If you’re really feeling a need for speed, you can upgrade to the 90D variant to charge the horsepower all the way to 417, dropping the 0-60 down to 4.2 seconds. The power doesn’t stop there, as upgrading to the P90 D Ludicrous will slam the car forward with a mind-melting 504 horsepower, 713 pound-feet of torque, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss it 2.8 second 0-60.
And they thought electric cars were lame because they made no noise. Rolling up to the startline for comparison, the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera has a 0-60 of 3.8 seconds with none of the famous electric torque.
Now that we’re done gawking at the fancy toys, there are a few things to make sure of before sloughing through the market to buy a new electric-powered sleigh. Consider the following checklist:
- Determine if your EV is eligible for credit and if rebates are available.
- Ensure your home setup is conducive to charging and check for charging rebate programs available in your region. Take into account the workplace and public charging stations outside your area as well.
- Check if your EV qualifies for single occupant HOV lane use.
- Contact your power company to inquire about discounted electricity rates.
- Get together with other EV drivers to learn about the new industry.
The New Year will look even more promising if you’re walking into it with one of these electric cars as your new form of transportation!