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The Benefits of Owning an Electric Car

By: Guest Contributor, Hailey Robinson

With so many options for cars in the market, you might not understand the differences between hybrid and electric. However, electric cars a great option since they reduce your carbon footprint substantially.

No Pollution

Since electric cars don’t have an internal combustion engine, they don’t produce the same pollution that gas-powered vehicles do. The electricity used to charge the car does use fossil fuels, which produces some pollution. But according to a study performed by the Electric Vehicle Association of Canada, the carbon emission amount of an electric car is approximately half of a traditional car. If you live in an area with clean options, such as nuclear power or hydropower, that number can drop even lower.

Cost Savings

If your electric car runs solely on battery power, the cost to drive is approximately 75 percent less than a gas-powered vehicle. In comparison, it costs an average of $11.5 cents per mile for gasoline, at a fixed price of $3.50 per gallon. So if you drive 12,000 miles per year, you’ll spend $1400 on fuel that year. Battery-powered vehicles also don’t have transmissions, so you can save on repairs. And they also don’t require oil changes, fuel filters, or emissions testing. If your car is a hybrid, running partly on gas, there are still many ways to effectively drive to help save on gas costs.

Safety Features

Many electric vehicles contain much simpler systems, such as drive train and brake systems, so they require less maintenance. They don’t have as many parts that can malfunction, which increases the safety ratings and makes them more reliable. As experts continue to study and improve electric vehicle technology, they predict that these cars will become safer and more reliable over the next few years as well. They are also improving the battery life and function in the vehicles.

Tax Credits

In some states, the IRS currently offers a tax credit when you purchase an electric vehicle that can help offset the cost by a few thousand dollars. You can check with your accountant or the IRS website to learn more about what form to use, how to file, and whether this benefit is available where you live.

Environmental Impact

Most people choose an electric car because they understand how much it can reduce environmental damage. In the United States, more than half of the greenhouse gas produced comes from transportation, and more than half of that is from personal vehicles. According to another study, a gasoline vehicle would have to get 73 miles per gallon to compete with an electric vehicle. If your community has options for renewable energy sources, you can further lower your impact on the environment. If that isn’t available in your area, consider working with local authorities to request that option.

Quiet Engine

Since these vehicles don’t have combustion engines, they run with much less sound. This further helps the factory workers who help build your vehicle, since it reduces the need for medical care from hearing loss and other injuries.

Charge While You Sleep

If you work at night, you can simply plug in your car when you come home for the evening and allow it to charge while you sleep. Since many people across the nation will also be asleep during this time, it reduces the possibility for reaching charge capacity and you can head to work in the morning with a full charge on the battery. If you’re traveling over several days, many stores and gas stations across the country offer recharge stations.

As you consider the benefits of switching to an electric car, you can feel confident that you will have a reliable and safe car in which you can commute, drive family around, or take road trips with friends to see the sights of our beautiful country.

Electric car image via Shutterstock.

Hailey Robinson is a recent graduate with a degree in Journalism. Now that she isn’t face first in books she is trying to travel as much as she can. She writes in her free time between fixing up her new house and teaching people how to live a longer, healthier life.

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  • Scott Kruse
    Feb 24th, 2014 at 13:05 | #1

    ZEVs generate particulate matter from the tires rolling along the pavement, requiring pavement over soils and parking areas. Yes, there are many benefits, but we need greater emphasis on walking, bicycles and human powered vehicles.

  • Feb 25th, 2014 at 00:18 | #2

    Hey!

    I just launched a Kickstarter campaign to promote Electric Vehicles! I work at an Electric Vehicle Shop and I think it’s important to get not only basic information about the car out into the world but I want to share my unique experiences while working selling EVs.

    I always get asked weird questions like, “Can you plug a chainsaw into the car’s cigarette lighter?” or “Is that the flux capacitor?” and I want people to know that it DOES happen and that it makes for a very funny story, so why not put it into a book and share it right?

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2042275008/an-unpretentious-guide-and-coloring-book-to-electr/

    It’s an awesome Coloring Book & Guide to everything you need to know about Electric Vehicles! It has illustrations of bizarre questions people have asked me with the correct answers as well as fun infographics to promote the benefits of owning an Electric Vehicle. Help make this a reality! Let’s spread the awesome that is EV to both Adults and Kids!

    Thank you so much and let’s keep up the effort to inform the masses!

    Made in Los Angeles

  • Eletruk
    Mar 12th, 2014 at 13:54 | #3

    @Scott Kruse
    EVs generate considerably lower toxic particulate from braking than ICE vehicles. Most EVs will never need their brake pads replaced because the regenerative braking recaptures the kinetic energy, rather than converting it to heat and asbestos powder. EVs use existing infrastructure, and you make it sound like we have to pave new roads just for EVs.

    Also, walking, bikes, and human powered transportation also generate particles from wear, and it has been argued that there is a higher CO2 cost for walking, than driving an EV.

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