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Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You?
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming more common. Each year, more manufacturers offer at least one EV model. Dozens more models are expected to hit the market in the next several years. Demand from the market is surely there. Only 1,919 EVs were sold to U.S. buyers in 2010. Just eight short years later, U.S. sales of EVs exceeded 230,000! Is an electric vehicle the right choice for you? Keep reading to see if an EV purchase should be a consideration for you.
Consumer Reports, an independent, nonprofit member organization works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. One of the services offered is to provide consumer information on a variety of products and services. Following are highlights from the Electric Vehicle (EV) Checklist from Consumer Reports.
Home Charging: You will need access to a standard 120V wall outlet located within 25 feet of your home parking location for charging.
Public Charging: Consider the use of your vehicle and determine the availability of public charging convenient for you. Sites such as PlugShare.com can assist in planning for EV vehicle charging support.
Tax Incentives: Your purchase of an EV may qualify for federal tax credits. State and local incentives will vary depending on date and locale. It is best to check near your purchase date to confirm expected savings and incentives.
Savings Calculations: There are a variety of tools available online to help calculate the cost of ownership of an EV and additionally compare that cost to gasoline powered vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy website is a good place to begin.
“Range Anxiety” Needn’t Be a Concern
Today, the median per-charge range of an EV is 154 miles which should ease your mind about being stranded with a dead vehicle. With a constant and reliable home-charging spot, most trips should be accommodated. For charging on-the-go, there are numerous websites to consult and, additionally, Google Maps has added a locator feature to its smartphone app which includes information about where to find he nearest charging station.
EV infrastructure is also evolving. 2018 marked a significant increase in state-authorized utility investments in transportation electrification. Many U.S. cities, including Boston, have passed ordinances requiring EV-ready parking spaces.
Massachusetts has declared its intention of putting 300,000 electric vehicles on the streets by 2025. As of June, there are approximately 18,000 electric vehicles registered in the state. This year, new Massachusetts EV sales were up 94% compared to last year. Year to date, 1.97% of all new vehicles sold in the state are EVs. For the purpose of comparison, 8% of the new vehicles sold in California are EVs and, nationwide, the average is 2%.
MOR-EV is a Massachusetts program that issues rebates to electric vehicle drivers. The overall purpose of the program is to provide air pollution emission reductions for the Commonwealth by increasing the use of electric vehicles. The program did expire on September 30, 2019 but there are efforts to re-fund the program to enable future incentives. If you did happen to purchase an electric vehicle prior to September 30, 2019, you may still apply for the rebate until December 30, 2019.
Energy News, a national, digital energy news publication, reported that, in early August of this year, a major climate bill unanimously passed the state House and this bill would provide another $30 million for rebates.
2020 EV Choices
You may commonly hear about only a handful of EV models. Actually, there are over a dozen fully battery-electric models on sale in the U.S. today. Following are some of the choices you can look forward to in 2020 should you decide to consider and EV purchase.
|Audi E-Tron||Kia Niro EV|
|BMW i3||Kia Soul EV|
|Chevrolet Bolt||Nissan Leaf|
|Honda Clarity Electric||Porsche Taycan|
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||Tesla Model 3, S & X|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||Volkswagen e-Golf|
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