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To Plug-In or Not to Plug-In
April 3, 2017
Americans are looking more often to find ways to go green and support protecting the environment while saving money. More Americans are looking at electric cars as a great option to do both!
So now the question...to plug-in or not to plug-in?
Lower Cost of Operating
Although electricity is not free, it is less expensive than gasoline prices every time you need to fill up. Electric cars also cost less to maintain because there is no exhaust system which means, no expensive engine work, no oil changes and less worn out brakes. To Plug-In!
Cost of Buying an Electric Vehicle
The price of purchasing an electric vehicle can sacred some buyers away. With an average purchase price of $30,000 - $40,000, it is not a cheap car option. Even with incentives and tax breaks of $7,000 - $10,000, it can be out of the range for some potential buyers. Not to Plug-In!
No gas stations!
Gas stations? Who needs gas stations? You can’t get more convenient than plugging your car in at home! You can drive home from a long day’s work, plug in your car and the next morning your car is ready to go. Most cars charge up to 80 - 100 miles depending on the type of car, driving conditions, and battery age. To Plug-In!
Long Charging Time
If you forget to plug-in your car, it takes time to charge. You can’t just plug-in for a few minutes and drive 200+ miles. It will take around 25 minutes to be able to drive 50 miles. If you own an electric car you need to make sure it is plugged in because there are not charging stations available roadside like gas stations. Not to Plug-In!
If your goal is to go green (or at least be greener), zero emissions is a good way to reduce your ecological footprint. In fact, some of the electric vehicles do not have a tailpipe or exhaust emissions. To Plug-In!
Limited Choice of Vehicles
Although there are more electric vehicle options, there is still only a limited selection of electric vehicles for buyers. For vehicle drivers that appreciate a variety to choose from, electric vehicles will not provide the selection that gas vehicles have on the market. Not to Plug-In!
As a vehicle buyer, you need to make a decision to plug-in or not to plug-in. There are tax incentives that make plug-in cars more affordable, but every buyer needs to decide what is best for them.