Electric Vehicles 101

Everything you need to know before buying an EV

You’re interested in making the switch from gassing up to charging up but don’t know where to start? You’re in luck! At Current Automotive, EV education is not only one of our core values, it’s what we’re passionate about. Let’s jump right in and cover the basics from the beginning so you’re equipped with the knowledge you’ll need to make an informed purchase.

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EV Basics: Where to Start

Electric vehicles (EVs) are a type of vehicle that runs on electricity instead of gasoline or diesel. They are powered by rechargeable batteries and use electric motors for propulsion. EVs produce zero emissions from their tailpipes, which makes them an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gas-powered vehicles.

There are three main types of EVs: battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). BEVs run entirely on electricity and need to be charged from an external power source, while PHEVs and HEVs have a gas engine in addition to an electric motor and can be charged from an external power source or by using the gas engine.

Charging an EV is best to do at home using a charging station, at public charging stations located at various places such as shopping centers, and offices. The time it takes to charge an EV varies depending on the type of charging station used and the size of the battery in the vehicle.

Overall, electric vehicles offer many benefits, such as lower operating costs, reduced emissions, and quiet operation. As technology continues to improve, EVs are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on fuel.

The answer depends on the specific model of EV and the size of its battery, but generally, most modern EVs can travel between 100-300 miles on a single charge. However, this range can be affected by factors such as driving style, weather conditions, and the use of features like air conditioning or heating. It’s important to research and compare the range of different EV models before purchasing to find one that meets your needs.

It depends on the charging level and the size of the battery. A standard Level 1 charger (120 volts) typically provides around 2-5 miles of range per hour of charging, while a Level 2 charger (240 volts) can provide around 20-30 miles of range per hour. The fastest charging option is DC fast charging, which can provide up to 80% of the battery’s charge in 30-60 minutes. It’s important to note that charging times can vary depending on the specific EV and charging station used.

EVs are cheaper to maintain than traditional gas-powered vehicles because EVs have fewer moving parts, which means there are fewer components that require regular maintenance or replacement. Additionally, EVs do not require oil changes or other routine maintenance tasks that are necessary for gas-powered vehicles. However, EVs do require tire rotations/replacement, 12 volt batteries, and cabin air filters like a gas-powered car. Overall, the cost of maintenance for an EV is typically lower than for a gas-powered vehicle because there is no engine or transmission.

The answer to this question can depend on a variety of factors, such as the cost of electricity and gasoline in your area, the cost of the EV compared to a gas-powered vehicle, and the cost of maintenance and repairs. However, in general, EVs tend to have lower operating costs than gas-powered vehicles due to their higher energy efficiency and lower maintenance needs. Additionally, many governments offer incentives and rebates for purchasing EVs, which can further reduce the cost of ownership. While the upfront cost of an EV may be higher than a comparable gas-powered vehicle, the lower operating costs and potential incentives can make them a cost-effective choice in the long run.

The answer to this question can vary depending on personal preferences, but in general, EVs offer a smooth and quiet driving experience with instant torque and acceleration. Unlike gas-powered vehicles, EVs do not have gears and do not require shifting, which can make them easier to drive for some people. Additionally, EVs produce no emissions from their tailpipe, which can improve air quality and reduce noise pollution in urban areas. However, some people may experience range anxiety when driving an EV due to concerns about the availability of charging stations and the range of the vehicle.

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