Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is becoming ever more popular. Even the government encourages trading your gas guzzler for a more efficient EV. You may have already considered making the switch but still have a few doubts. Here’s a quick look at why changing to an EV is intelligent.
When you drive an EV instead of a traditional vehicle, you’re contributing to preserving the environment and reducing your carbon footprint. For example, instead of going to a gas station to fill your car with gas, you can plug into an electric vehicle charging station at home.
The EV is the most eco-friendly option at this point in comparison with diesel or gas cars. First, an electric vehicle emits fewer harmful chemicals than gas and diesel cars. Also, EVs emit quite a bit less CO2 than fuel vehicles. Therefore, it only makes even more sense to change to an electric car than to switch to your electric bike. If you want to go green, choose green electricity when you charge your EV.
Nearly all car brands have a minimum of one electric car in their lineup, which is steadily increasing. Some car brands are striving to offer only EVs by 2030, including Volkswagen and Volvo. So, your choice of models is increasing. Additionally, EVs are becoming increasingly affordable compared to what they were just a few years ago. New tech is running at full speed – the number of models is increasing, and more charging stations are being added in the US and worldwide.
You can save a bit of money when you switch to an electric car. While you once would have filled your car with gas, you can go to a charging station and supply it with electricity, which is much more cost-effective. This is even more true if you can charge your vehicle at your house instead of at public charging stations. Additionally, people who own EVs may be entitled to various subsidies.
The Driving Experience
It can take a bit of getting used to switching from a fuel vehicle to an EV. The overall driving experience is different. As an example, an electric car makes next to no noise. You’ll also need to become accustomed to the pedals that are utilized in an EV.
Most of the time, there’ll be only a single pedal. This is the one for acceleration. Braking in an electric car is automatic – you take your foot off the acceleration pedal. However, there is also a brake pedal in the event it’s necessary. You’ll utilize this pedal quite a bit less, though. The good thing is that you’ll get used to driving an EV rather quickly.
Finally, aside from the four reasons to switch to an EV above, there could be tax benefits depending on where you live. You may be entitled to tax credits from the IRS if you purchase a qualifying EV. Be sure to consult a tax professional to be sure.
Reasons to Get an Electric Vehicle
So, you have ample reasons to make the switch to an electric vehicle between helping the environment, making your wallet a bit fatter, an ever-increasing range of models available, the novel driving experience, and tax breaks. Before purchasing one, do your research and get one that fits your needs and electric capabilities.
Mark is the founder of Financial Pilgrimage, a blog dedicated to helping young families pay down debt and live financially free. Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in financial management and a Master’s degree in economics and finance. He is a husband of one and father of two and calls St. Louis, MO, home. He also loves playing in old man baseball leagues, working out, and being anywhere near the water. Mark has been featured in Yahoo! Finance, NerdWallet, and the Plutus Awards Showcase.