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Understanding the world of electrified vehicles–hybrid and electric–can help you make an informed buying decision
Read on to learn more about the benefits of electrification, as well as the ecological impact, cost, and tech associated with EVs.
Going electric is more than just about cutting the impact of tailpipe emissions. The ways an electric car can reduce your carbon footprint can span from recycling an EV's battery to using more animal-free interior materials. To get a clearer view of the real-world value of EVs, weigh the climate impact of electrification against gas-powered alternatives.
If higher upfront costs deter you from purchasing an EV, there are other long-term potential savings that could help offset those initial costs. The EV tax credit is one way for many EV owners to lower their tax liability. Charging at home will also help insulate you from fluctuating gas prices, and the sometimes high EV public charging rates. Maintenance costs can also make a difference for gas versus electric vehicles.
Savings and environment aside, the technology behind electrified vehicles is also advancing rapidly. Developments like solid-state batteries are on the horizon and can accelerate that advancement. There's actually a bunch of interesting new EV tech on the way, but what about the power grid? Is it ready for the next stage of EV adoption?
As the power grid develops, figuring out how charging works is another major part of EV ownership. Where to charge your EV, charging times, whether it's safe to charge in the rain, and how to calculate range are some starting points to understand EV charging. You don't have to eliminate convenience from your search for the right EV purchase, compare vehicles to determine what works best for you.
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