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The Beginner’s Guide to Electric Vehicle Ownership

If you’re considering becoming the owner of a brand new electric vehicle (EV), then you probably have some questions about what you need to know to be prepared. In this guide, we’re going to cover all of the basics, starting with social EV impacts, and finishing with EV cost and charging.

By the end, you’ll know everything there is to know about this sustainable, clean, and reliable energy/transportation. Are you ready to get started?

Social EV Impacts

For anything to be considered an EV, it needs to use some kind of battery that holds electricity, expending it and turning it into motion as a means of transportation. Since a battery holding electricity is used, there are no emissions or byproducts that are released from the vehicle into the atmosphere.

As a result, EVs are the most environmentally-friendly transportation option to ever be produced today. In fact, they are a reliable solution to the climate change that is wreaking havoc on our planet today.

You may have read myths that claim the power plants creating the EVs release just as many toxins and fumes into the air. However, this myth does not consider:

  • EV owners can choose to use solar panels to charge the car at home.

  • The production of gasoline fuel is created by using a huge amount of crude raw oil, with distilled oil needed in cargo ships and trucks to transport the gasoline thousands of miles. By the time to cycle is done, so much oil has been used and created, that it couldn’t possibly compare to the lifecycle of an EV.

Operating a vehicle that does not rely on oil also means independence from foreign oil prices that fluctuate artificially, harming/degrading an economy in just hours.

Benefits of EV Ownership

Beyond saving the planet and leaving a greener, cleaner world for our kids and grandkids, what are some of the other benefits of EV ownership? We’re glad you asked!

  1. Low to No Maintenance Costs:

Internal combustion gasoline engines require frequent check-ups, fixes, and repairs. With an EV, which is propelled by electricity and electric motors, the simpler propulsion method requires no extensive or complicated cooling, exhaust, pumps, oil filtering, or air filtering. Without all of these parts, less can go wrong, which means there are less repair charges/anticipated costs down the line. If anything, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is regular tire rotations – that’s about it!

  1. At-Home Charging:

Since you can power up and charge your EV right at home, your daily commute just got that much easier. You can go straight to work without pulling off at gas stations and spending extra money you don’t want to spend. Plus, if you ever run out of charge, SparkCharge can easily help you rev up your EV engine anytime, anywhere.

Consider this: the average daily commute for Americans is 30-miles roundtrip. Charging with a regular outlet in a garage can charge up to 5-miles per hour for $0.05 per mile, or $1.50 per gallon. This cost will never fluctuate due to global trade deals, also saving you time waiting in gas pump lines.

  1. Low Cost:

As we just covered, an EV costs a fraction of regular, gas-filled cars that suck up $40-$60 to fill the tank every single time.

  1. Off-the-Grid Living:

If you want to avoid Northern California scheduled blackouts, EVs make it possible. Living self-sustainability in your home, with an EV paired to a solar system that enables this clean and personalized lifestyle.

  1. Quiet Engines:

If you’re tired of the noise pollution and revved engines with regular cars, EVs are silent. There’s no noise in your neighborhood, enabling a quieter, more relaxed evening as you drift off to sleep.

  1. Powerful Acceleration:

Contrary to popular belief, EVs come with incredible acceleration that make it safer to merge and get in/out of the flow of traffic. Electric motors do not require pistons to rev up for acceleration, so you can achieve fast speeds much more quickly than with oil-based cars.

How Much Range is Available?

There are a few factors to consider in your available EV range:

  • Battery size: the bigger the battery, the higher the range. There are exceptions, of course, which is why you will want to talk with the manufacturer.

  • Terrain: a road with many hills will use up more energy than a flat road.

  • Weather: warmer weather promotes more range than colder weather.

  • Battery life: the more a battery is used, the less charge it will be able to hold.

  • Aerodynamics: the size and shape of the car will impact how much wind is traveling across the car/versus at the car. Aerodynamic cars will enable you to get more mileage per charge.

EV Makes/Models

More and more carmakers are considering the value and impact of EVs today. If you’re wondering which EV is right for you, check out the highest range EVs available on the market today:

  1. Tesla Model S (Long Range): The Model S gets 373 miles per charge, with free charging for life on Tesla’s Supercharger network. The Model S starts at $79,990.

  2. Tesla Model X (Long Range): The Model X gets 328 miles per charge, with free charging for life on Tesla’s Supercharger network. The Model X starts at $84,990.

  3. Tesla Model 3 (Long Range): The Model 3 gets 322 miles per charge, starting at $48,490. It does not include the free lifetime Tesla supercharging feature.

Can we create a table or some other element that displays the electric car models that are available from each automaker?

EV Cost

EV costs vary today, although they typically clock in at the “higher end” of the car spectrum, due to the finesse and technology that went into them. Of course, there are rebates available, with a Federal EV Rebate up to $7,500 and a State EV Rebate up to $3,000. There are also County Rebates up to $3,000.

Can we embed the tool from: https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/electric-vehicles-tax-credits-and-other-incentives? If not, let’s at least provide a link.

EV Charging

Battery Electric Vehicles come with different levels of electrical vehicle charging you should be aware of:

Level 1: Level 1 refers to the charging of an EV with the initial car cable. These cables can be plugged into 120V outlets. A 30kWh EV would take about 20-hours to fully charge.

Level 2: If you use a cable sold separately from the EV, then you are moving into Level 2 territory. These cables must be plugged into 240V outlets, requiring electrician support. A 30kWh EV would take about 8-hours to fully charge.

Level 3: Also known as DCFC or DC Fast Charge, this is the quickest way to juice up your EV. Look for the CHAdeMo connector, the SAE connector, and the Tesla connector to consider this kind of charging. Typically, the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubisi i-Miev, and other Asian cars will be able to do this kind of charging, as well as the Chevrolet Bolt, the Chevrolet Spark, BMW i3, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Tesla Model S and Model X.

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