Electric Vehicle FAQ
With drivers looking for more efficient and eco-friendly ways to meet their transportation needs, electric vehicles (or EVs) are more popular than ever before. Out of all the EV options on the market, CDJR electric cars are some of the most popular among drivers. Want to learn more about EV ownership? Check out the FAQ we provided below for more information on the benefits of driving an EV.
What Kinds of EVs Are Available?
Electric vehicles (EVs) come in various types, each designed to meet different needs and preferences. The most common types include battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles, and mild hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). BEVs run solely on electricity and use large battery packs to power an electric motor. They offer zero tailpipe emissions and are extremely suitable for shorter commutes. PHEVs combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine and have a limited all-electric range. They can switch between electric and hybrid modes, offering extended trip flexibility. HEVs, on the other hand, primarily rely on a gasoline engine but use regenerative braking to charge a smaller battery and assist the engine during acceleration. They cannot be plugged in and are ideal for fuel efficiency.
Is Range Anxiety a Valid Concern?
In the past, drivers may have been concerned that relying on battery power would leave them unable to reach the far-flung destinations they set their sights on. Advancements in EV technology have largely made those concerns a thing of the past. New EVs can achieve ranges of 200 miles or more, while hybrid vehicles have even more impressive long-range capability, giving a combined gas and electric range of 550 miles or more.
How Long Does It Take to Charge an EV?
The amount of time it takes to charge an EV depends on the type of charger being used. Standard 240-volt level two at-home chargers are designed for use overnight or during other long periods of inactivity, typically taking between 9 and 13 hours to fully charge a vehicle’s battery. Public DC fast-charging stations give much quicker results, charging the battery in as little as 10 minutes to an hour.
How Can I Extend My EV’s Battery Life?
Purchasing an EV with new developments, such as regenerative braking, which converts energy used to slow down or stop the vehicle into power for the battery, can help you make the most of your vehicle’s battery life. You can also take specific steps as a driver to maximize battery life. Avoid overusing fast-charging stations or letting the battery become fully depleted, as both of these behaviors can degrade the battery over a prolonged period of time.
Are EVs More Expensive Than Other Vehicles?
EVs do tend to be more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts. However, the price disparity between these two classes of vehicles is gradually shrinking as manufacturers recognize the increased demand for EVs and produce more affordable options. The lineup of EVs you’ll find in the CDJR brand has options for a variety of price points, letting drivers with budget constraints enjoy the benefits of an EV.
Why Buy an EV
One major reason that so many drivers are choosing EVs is the economic benefit this class of vehicle offers. Whether you choose a hybrid or a fully electric vehicle, you’ll see reduced energy costs. With the fluctuating price of gas that many unpredictable factors can influence, these savings add up over time. Additionally, you’ll pay less to maintain and repair an EV and may be eligible for certain tax credits intended for EV owners.
Those looking to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact should consider an EV. By reducing the reliance we have on nonrenewable fossil fuels, switching to an EV helps in the fight against climate change. EVs also run much quieter than other vehicles, reducing noise pollution to improve the quality of life for people in the area and remove harmful disruptions that can impact wildlife.
Have more questions about EVs and what options are available at our dealership? We can’t wait to tell you more so you can have all the information you need on your side to make the right choice when purchasing your next vehicle. Come to Tutton Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Jasper today to learn everything you need from our team of experts.