The most fuel-efficient cars on the market are the ones that don’t use fuel. Even with low gas prices, electric cars are up to three times cheaper than a gas-powered car to drive. Compare fuel costs.
Say goodbye to oil changes and hello to longer-lasting brakes. EV maintenance is shockingly minimal. Low operating costs usually offset the costs in one year.
FUN TO DRIVE
Electric vehicles are powerful, responsive and quiet as a ninja. The acceleration is smooth, with none of the bumps and jolts you associate with a transmission-based car.
What is an electric car?
An electric car is exactly what you think — a car powered by an electric motor rather than a gas-powered internal combustion engine. It doesn’t have a transmission, gas tank, tailpipe or complicated gear system. If you’re thinking that makes car maintenance simpler, you’d be right.
How far can an electric car go?
An electric vehicle (or EV, for short) can drive for up to 275 miles before needing a charge. Using the heater or air conditioner can shorten the range somewhat. Most people won’t need to recharge during the day, but if you do want to charge up while you’re out and about, you won’t find a better place than the areas served by the Clean Charge Network.
How much does it cost to charge?
Electric car efficiency is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles instead of miles per gallon. Costs vary depending on the price of electricity and gas — and the car’s efficiency — but it can run about $5 to drive your electric car for 100 miles. Out and about and need a charge? Some public charging stations in the Clean Charge Network are free!
Tell me more about tax credits and incentives.
A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for the purchase or lease of an electric car. These funds are applied to the amount of federal income tax you owe, so the credit can vary from $2,500 to $7,500. Dealerships and automakers also offer occasional incentives — and the Clean Charge Network has been known to arrange special group buys with amazing pricing.
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