The most fuel-efficient cars on the market are the ones that don’t use fuel. That makes a big difference for your wallet. Even with low gas prices, electric cars are up to three times cheaper than a gas-powered car to drive. Want more details? Check out the eGallon tool.
Electric car maintenance is shockingly minimal. With an electric vehicle, say goodbye to oil changes and look forward to longer lasting brakes. Low operating costs usually offset the costs of buying electric in one year, and the savings don't stop there.
GOOD FOR THE PLANET
Transportation accounts for 26% of US greenhouse gas emissions. When you drive an electric vehicle, you make a real difference. And electric cars get even greener as the electricity grid grows every cleaner.
FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE
Most people drive less than 50 miles a day, a range that’s easily covered by the 60- to 250-mile range of today’s electric car models. And there’s an electric vehicle for every lifestyle — small cars, big cars, luxury cars, economy cars, new cars and used cars. Which one is right for you? Take the quiz and see.
So, 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, complicated gear system. If you’re thinking that makes car maintenance simpler, you’d be right.
I’m intrigued. How far can an electric car go?
An electric vehicle (or EV, for short) can drive for 50 to 250 miles before needing a recharge. 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. The network offers 1,100+ public charging stations, so it’s easy to find one where you live, work and play.
How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
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!
I’m intrigued. Tell me more about Incentives, perks and other cool stuff.
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. As for perks? How about rock-star priority parking spots at some high-traffic places?
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