It’s a far easier switch than most think.
There are countless new models on the way within the next year.
Before very long they will become truly affordable.
It seems that every other day, a new electric vehicle is introduced by an established manufacturer, or a start-up. The floodgates are on the cusp of bursting open and before long, automotive advertising will be focused heavily on getting the EV word out. In the last week alone, both BMW and Nissan have introduced new models. Fancy yourself ready for the EV life? Let’s find out.
Buying an electric car or SUV is no different than getting one with an internal combustion engine. It’s the decision process before, and what comes after that requires some, albeit very little, special attention. We’ve broken down the signs that you are ready for an EV in three separate sections.
You did the math:
- You have a healthy budget.
Even the most affordable electric vehicles retail for over $30,000 in the US (closer to $40,000 in Canada), before incentives. Depending on interest rates and rebates, with zero money down, a 60-month finance can easily run well over $500/month. You will save on fuel costs and some maintenance, so that helps soften the financial blow.
2. You understand your actual range needs.
Many current EVs still offer sub-300 km (about 150 miles) ranges in their basic versions. While that may seem like a limited amount, for many, this is enough to cover two days (or more) of daily commutes. Do you really need the larger battery from the more expensive version? If you do, many vehicles offer 400 km (about 250 miles) ranges.
You did your homework:
3. You have a good idea of what size vehicle and features you want.
Most current EVs are cars however the upcoming flood will mostly involve SUVs. The car can fulfill nearly all needs but the SUVs, which will be more expensive for a similar range and level of features, will potentially better fit your life.
4. You have monitored pricing and shopped around online.
Electric vehicles are still relatively expensive however prices are steadying, and in some cases, dropping, if only mildly. As competition increases, so will deals and rebates. In fact, some manufacturers/dealers might be willing to include a home charging station, or at least offer a rebate. Also, vehicles like the Ford Mustang Mach-E will include over-the-air updates so it will always be up to date.
5. You know that EVs still need regular maintenance.
Manufacturers will still want to see your EV on a regular basis for inspections. EVs do need to be monitored for tire wear (EV torque is addictive), electrical system verifications for the battery, electric motor(s), and other related electronics. Because of regenerative braking (another addictive functionality), the physical braking system sees reduced use and should be checked.
You are mentally ready:
6. Range anxiety.
Range anxiety is a real thing, but in your day-to-day routine, odds are it will not creep up. Charging networks with DC fast chargers are growing rapidly across the continent which means that, unless you are not attentive, you will run out of power. Do you allow your fuel tank to run empty? Charging times are no longer as dramatic as they were only a few years ago.
7. Ready to develop new habits.
Plugging the vehicle in at every opportunity will become as normal as brushing your teeth or making your morning cup of coffee. Once you start, you’ll wonder how you managed to deal with the inconvenience of regularly stopping at dirty petrol stations your whole life.
8. Saying goodbye to petrol stations.
Well, more precisely, filling up a tank. Many petrol stations are dedicating spots for EV charging stations. If this is where you purchase your favorite cup of coffee or snack, then no need to change your regular plans.
9. You enjoy driving
Better yet, it’s guilt-free and serene driving! And it does not come at the cost of performance or actual driving pleasure. And wait until you experience the control and satisfaction one gets thanks to regenerative braking. It’s all win-win.
Having an EV is somewhat liberating, and not the stressful experience many think it is. With the right knowledge and mindset, you may wonder why you waited so long to adopt an EV. Think of it as the modern microwave. It can be that convenient.