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.
3. Consider Leasing First
If you’re not fully sold on electric vehicles, you should consider doing a lease option rather than buying one outright. The nice part about the lease is that if you absolutely hate it and can’t stand another minute of having the car, you can have someone take over your lease, give it back to the dealership, or trade for a different vehicle.
We think that full electric vehicles are truly the next big thing, and we are excited at the idea of more people hitting the roads with them. The EV community is also super friendly and can help you find charging stations and even help you join networks where you can charge at private homes along your trip. Definitely worth looking into, if you ask us!