Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly commonplace on the roads. Not so long ago, it seems that only the highest earning members of society owned these vehicles. Understandably so, the price tag wasn’t favorable for the average Joe.
As time went on and technology evolved, EVs became no longer exclusively available to the rich. More modest households are now able to purchase EVs because the price tag is more user-friendly for the average consumer.
With the increasing popularity of EVs, more businesses are catering to the needs of drivers by providing commercial EV charging stations. The convenience of being able to charge your electric car while doing grocery shopping or running other errands is priceless.
As time goes on, scientists continue to learn about how the advancement of industry is taking its toll on the environment. In turn, you become more aware of how the actions of humans are depleting natural resources and ruining the environment. You learn terms like carbon footprint and understand how the actions you take as a consumer can negatively impact the state of the world.
The more aware you become about your active role in pollution from vehicle emissions, the more you’re inclined to make informed decisions to live greener. For some people, that may be using public transportation or taking part in carpools. Others look into the many benefits of owning and operating an EV.
Pollution caused by vehicle emissions directly impacts your health. Breathing in smog and pollution or poor air quality because of them can negatively affect your wellbeing. The elderly and children are the most susceptible to respiratory adversities.
When EVs are running in full electric mode, the tailpipe emissions are 0. They don’t contribute to greenhouse gas emissions or smog. The more people that use EVs, the more the air quality will improve.
Although EVs have a slightly higher initial price tag, there are government initiatives and long-term savings that can actually save you money in the long run. For example, EVs are less expensive to run and maintain. The most obvious savings is what you don’t have to spend on filling up at the gas station.
In addition to fuel savings, maintaining an EV is a lot more cost-effective too. Unlike gas-powered vehicles with combustion engines that require constant oil changes, you don’t have to worry about that with an EV. Because there are so few moving parts, compared to a vehicle with an engine, upkeep is not only easier but also cheaper. With EVs operating in such a unique way, make sure you take the time to get to know your vehicle. Learn about what maintenance is required to prolong the life of your battery.
Keep a maintenance log about things like rotating your tires. Without having to go to the dealership for routine oil changes, it’s easy to lose track of when it was last done and when your tires need to be replaced.
Understand the best charge range to keep your battery in optimal condition. Unless you’re planning a long road trip, you don’t want to keep your battery fully charged. EVs are equipped to get you within an acceptable range with between a 20%-80% charge. Overcharging or allowing the battery to run out completely will negatively impact its lifespan. EVs have changed the car industry for the foreseeable future. From reduced operating and maintenance costs to the government incentives to own such vehicles, their rising popularity is understandable. With their evolution over the last 10 years, it’s exciting to see what the next decade will bring.