Shopping for a new car is exciting, and we love the idea of seeing people get an awesome car. But have you considered the ins and outs of getting an electric vehicle? We know what you’re thinking: do you really want to drive something that is completely divorced from the traditional service station experience? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to at least figure some things out.
Cutting our dependence on foreign oil is a big deal, and it’s something that we can all pitch in and help with. After all, if there’s decreased demand, costs go down for everyone and the environment becomes a little cleaner too.
There are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping for an electric vehicle. Even though there aren’t that many differences, the more information you get before you make the purchase, the less likely you’ll be disappointed years or even a few months down the road.
1. Hunt For Those Incentives!
Skipping over the best part of the green revolution would just be insane! If Government is going to make a push to pour money into e-mobility and the plug in revolution, at least you can take advantage of any grants, subsidies or additional monies they’d like to throw your way. There are also manufacturer’s incentives, because they too need to increase the number of electric vehicles sold.
2. Get Familiar with Charging
Do you know where the nearest charging station is? How about how much a home charging array costs? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, you’re not quite ready to buy an electric vehicle. Make sure that you’re looking at this information before you buy. The last thing that you want to do is buy the vehicle and then get frustrated because charging is such a hassle. If you live in a city, charging is a lot easier than if you’re out in the country. Now, country living is awesome but you might be surprised at how few charging stations there are. Doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy an electric vehicle, but you’ll have to plan things out differently. Continue reading “Have You tried an Electric Vehicle yet?”
Imagine giving up gas for good. for most drivers, this would be almost unheard of years and years ago. The idea that we can go and take care of the things that we need to do and just plug our vehicle in after we’re finished used to be a complete fantasy. Now it’s a viable reality, with more and more charging stations available on the road. Gone are the days where you just had to stay close to home lest you ended up getting stuck without a charging station to “refuel”. But now you have charging stations on the road and the cost is very reasonable.
But that probably doesn’t help you answer the big question: just how do you shop for an electric car? What are the tips that you need to keep in mind as you go? Here’s what you need to know before you bring a car into your driveway.
1. Get The Full Shopping Experience
If you just go for the first electric car that you see, you’re going to have a bad time. What type of car do you need? Getting a sedan when you really have your heart set on a crossover or a full SUV is silly. You can get the space you need and still get a plug-in vehicle. If you’ve got a lot of car dealerships around your area, they will actually let you test drive a n EV just like you would a traditional vehicle.
2. Understand Charging Etiquette
Do you imagine always using a charging station, even when you don’t need it? You might have some trouble as an EV driver. Once you get your charge up, you just need to move on. The opposite is true: if you don’t need a charge, don’t pull over into that spot. You just never know if you’re keeping someone else that desperately needs a charge from not getting what they need. Continue reading “Going With a Fully Electric Vehicle For the First Time – This Is Your Guide”
Have you joined the ranks of the EV obsessed? Hey, no judgment here. We’re pretty passionate about electric vehicles, green technology, and making the world a better place by reducing our overall footprint whenever possible. There comes a point where we see so many different technologies that complement electric vehicles that we have to talk about them separately in order to see their overall value. Take for example solar panels and their integration with electric vehicles. Is it a viable idea, or just a dream for now?
The truth is that solar panels do have a place in terms of charging electric vehicles, but it’s important to understand the realities and the fantasies on the subject.
First and foremost, you should understand that these panels don’t charge the car when you would expect. If you’ve got a home solar panel system that gives you power during the day, then anything that’s plugged in feeding off that system is going to benefit. This is the most straightforward way to explain it to new EV people. However, if you’re going to charge at night, your solar panel system isn’t going to be diverting energy to your EV at all. You’re going to be putting it back in the grid, where other people will help themselves to that energy. This is the goal of most solar homeowners, because they want to lower their electricity bill through the credits they’ll receive from the grid system.
The idea of putting your solar panels on top of your car just isn’t going to work. The car’s roof isn’t that big, and the net positive is only a few miles.
There are a lot of details that come into play with solar tech and electric vehicle technology. The first detail would have to be price. If you don’t have a solar panel array yet, you’re going to have to price it out for yourself. Do you get a lot of sun in your area? This would make solar technology much more appealing. If you don’t have an electric vehicle yet, then you’re going to have to look at the overall amenities in the car that you want and see if you would be best served by a full EV or if you need a hybrid. For example, if you live in a rural area you might be better off getting a hybrid, because it’ll switch over to gas for those long drives. The rural areas of the country are notorious for not really having charging stations readily available. This can be quite the problem when you’re trying to get the most of the electric side. But if you’re in a more urban area where there are several charging stations, you can definitely benefit. Make sure that you look up the type of charging station available — the new fast charging stations are best for getting the battery back up to optimal levels.
Overall, we think that solar technology does have a role to play in the world of electric vehicles, but it isn’t as simple as fixing up some panels on top of your car’s roof.
Many people see the enormous advantages in electrically-powered vehicles, and lament the fact that there are relatively few of them in operation. With the technology in place to convert to an “on-grid” system of transportation, how long will it be before electric vehicles dominate the scene?
In order to answer this question, it is important to look at all facets of the problem. If we simply focus on the benefits of EVs, the resulting lack of enthusiasm for them and consequent low sales figures does not make sense. There are other factors which are contributing to the slow growth of EVs worldwide.
First, it is interesting to note that EV technology is not a new phenomenon. In the early 1900s, electric cars were actually a popular mode of transportation, and dominated the “new” technology of the gasoline-powered car. However, new advances in internal-combustion technology soon caused the gas engine to outstrip electric engines in terms of performance and operational costs.
At that time, gasoline was a relatively cheap commodity because of low demand, so those switching from an electric format to one based on fossil fuels noticed a sharp savings. Soon, the gasoline-powered engine was the preferred form of technology for automobiles.
During the 1970s and the sudden rise in gas prices, electric vehicles made a short comeback, but the leveling of oil prices effectively killed the new movement. However, the seeds were planted, and many dedicated researchers have spent the intervening years with an eye to the future, realizing that at some point, the volatile fossil fuel situation would again erupt and a demand for EVs would once again occur. Continue reading “When Will There Be More Electric Vehicles on the Road Than Gas-Powered Cars?”
As populations continue to rise, and the people of China, India and other developing countries gain affluence, fossil fuels will continue to rise in price. This creates both opportunity and danger. Countries that refuse to adopt sustainable methods of transportation will face more problems as current energy supplies deplete. The same can be said for individuals. People who act early and avoid the rising costs associated with transportation stand to profit from having cheaper, renewable options.
Current Transportation Costs
The Huffington Post reports that the average American spends over $2000 per year just to fill up their gas tank. The volatility of gas prices means that this expenditure fluctuates, but prices have been rising regularly for decades and will continue to do so. Forward thinking people can get ahead of others and begin using sustainable methods of transportation now and save time, money and effort.
Methods of Sustainable Transportation
The term sustainable transportation means any form of transport that has minimal impact on the environment. Some methods of sustainable transport have less environmental impact than others, but everything from walking to car pooling creates a more sustainable transportation system. Other methods include cycling, green vehicles and expanded public transportation. Continue reading “How You can profit from Sustainable Transportation”