22 Reasons to Drive an Electric Vehicle

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Electric Vehicles (EV) have become more and more prevalent as major auto makers adopt the technology.   

 

As an owner of an EV, the most asked question I hear is, "How far can you drive?"  The most common anxiety IMHO is "range anxiety."  Drivers are worried about running out of power.  It's a valid reason, but once you own an EV, that will disappear when you get in the habit of mindfulness when it comes to charging.  That is, every night plan your next day's travel and check the remaining mileage on your battery.  If it's low, set a range to stop at 80%, plug it in, and it shuts off when charging is complete.  It's that simple. 

 

Here's a list of things to consider when owning an EV.

  1. Tax credits may be available, depending on the make and model and State. 
  2. Check your local utility provider for credits/incentives for EV's and EV chargers.
  3. Maintenance WILL be MUCH less than a gas powered vehicle.
  4. Vehicle registrations may be less. Check your local/state for information                    (In Arizona the savings is significant)
  5. Options are getting better ALL THE TIME! 
  6. Technology has improved with each passing model.
  7. Driving range is up to 350 miles on some models.
  8. The number of public charging stations is increasing
  9. Conveniently charge at home, setting start and stop times
  10. Inexpensive to add at-home 220 outlets for charging
  11. Charging an EV at night is less expensive due to off-peak hours
  12. Workplace and retail charging stations are more commonplace
  13. If you own a business, research free EV chargers in your state
  14. HOV lanes reduce driving times in heavy traffic
  15. You'll never need emissions testing again.
  16. EVs are better for your health.
  17. EV's are better for the environment.
  18. EV's are safer with a lower center of gravity and better handling
  19. EV's cost MUCH less to operate
  20. Associations have been created to assist EV owners.
  21. Prices are competitive 
  22. Wide variety of body styles and features.

Is it the right time for you to investigate buying an electric vehicle?  

Lithium battery recycling is on the forefront of research.  For more information, read on and share your thoughts. 

 

Notes from me after purchasing an EV.

Personally, I spend about $40 a month charging my EV at  home versus the minimum of $250 ++ a month for gas.   So total electricity for a year is $480; a savings of at least $2,520 a year.

Auto maintenance on my gas powered car in 2020 was $1,203.  Since I'll only rotated the tires in 2021, my maintenance was $165 so far.

  My car insurance did increase, but I shopped the insurance and now use a broker for not a whole lot more than I was paying for my 2015 gas powered SUV.  

My car tags are much less expensive than my gas powered car, a perk of getting a new car.  The included features were great; the only added benefit I purchased was adding another 100 mile driving range to total 350 mile range.  

After purchasing, I added tint on the roof/sunroof and on all windows, except windshield of course.  I added 8mm film on the entire front and mirrors per the suggestion of a friend who owns a Tesla.  Without a grill, I'd be more likely to have more road damage in the future.  Arizona is famous for rocks on the roads. 

Since my interior is white, I coated it with a protectant for the "vegan" leather seats, making them easy to wipe off anything that spills with baby wipes.

And most important - the lithium battery in my 2020 Model 3 will last 350,000 miles.  The fossil fuels saved, repairs saved, emissions are 10 x better than the mining of lithium batteries.  I've done the research but you can read here for your own information. 

I've loved owning my Tesla.  It's easy to drive, quiet, quick, and clients are always asking the most interesting questions!  

 

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Comments (11)

Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Great post Jan Green.    

In addition to the advantageous practical points you raise, it's got a whole other laundry list of really fun items.   

It's very zippy car.    If your car was a person, it would be Fred Astaire.  

May 13, 2022 07:31 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Jan Green these are very valuable list of reasons to drive an electric vehicle.

May 13, 2022 08:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan good for you, just curious what happens when there is a power failure?:)))) Endre

May 13, 2022 09:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is a very interesting read. I don't think my area is electric-vehicle friendly yet. I used the link above to check out electric chargers in my area. There were six listed (in an area of 300 square miles). One is a bed & breakfast I've stayed at - it's 35 minutes out of the center of town and is at 4500' in elevation which makes it fairly inaccessible in the winter. Two of the listings are motels with a 110 outlet outside. There are only 4 EV plugs in the entire area, at two locations - two are at a Best Western and two are at the electric company. And 4x4 is a must here, and I don't think the electric vehicles are quite ready for lots of 4x4 options.

We'll have to see how the future goes.

 

May 14, 2022 05:05 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jan - I have researched EV and also Hybrids.  This price of EV is still a little high.

May 14, 2022 05:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jan... all great reasons to own an EV... my current 4-year old car has only 30,000 miles on it and I don't put on more than 7,000 miles a year... so I've got a ways to go before I get a new car... unless I suddenly get "inspired."

May 14, 2022 05:36 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I also love my Tesla and wish I had purchased it 10+ years ago.  I was worried about range initially but it truly is a non-issue, even on road trips.

May 14, 2022 06:53 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have been amazed at how many more electric vehicles are appearing on Greater Sacramento roads this past couple years.  It's a good trend.  I hope it continues.  I am also noticing that more fueling stations are showing up around town.

May 14, 2022 10:57 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true Brian L. Sirota, Esq. !  I love zipping around.  My car is so easy to handle and is pretty quick!   Thanks for stopping by! 

Indeed John Pusa !  Love mine!

That's a valid point Endre Barath, Jr. !  In Arizona, we have very reliable power which also includes Nuclear power.  I could imagine in areas like the Northeast, it might be a challenge.  Know that many municipalities are increasing renewable energy to power the grid, as is Arizona.  Our renewable on a large scale is expanding leaps and bounds to support the grid.  

May 14, 2022 04:17 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true Kat Palmiotti Watch for Federal dollars to hit your area to increase chargers.  Check your local municipality to see if that's in the works.  As more and more EV's hit the market, governments are pledging to keep up. 

Very true Grant Schneider My Tesla Model 3 started at $35,000; I added 100 miles to the range (have 350) and that added $10,000; out the door was $56,000.  When you factor in I'm not buying gas, I'm saving anywhere from $250 - $500 a month.  The up front cost is worth it, especially with little to no maintenance cost.  Add up how much you spent last year on gas, repairs, maintenance - there's your answer.

May 14, 2022 04:20 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Lucky you Nina Hollander, Broker   During the busiest markets, I was driving 28,000 miles a year.  I'm driving a lot less now so my car won't add up the miles at least.

Have you taken a road trip Brian England ?  I have considered it, especially to California.  As long as I know where the Tesla Super Chargers are, I'm good!  

Yes, Myrl Jeffcoat California is  a hot spot for electric vehicles, so I'm not surprised! 

May 14, 2022 04:22 PM
Brian England

I have taken many road trips, the vehicle is the ultimate road trip vehicle, it is so much more enjoyable!!!

May 14, 2022 07:03 PM