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The Economic and Environmental Benefits of an EV

You might be considering whether or not the time is right to buy an electric vehicle (EV). In fact, soon, you may not have many choices outside of EVs as EPA regulations make it increasingly difficult for automotive manufacturers to meet the ever-tightening emission standards, plus the government dates to end production of combustion-engined vehicles looms closer.

The major perceived issue for many people is the limited EV resources available in their area. The convenience and familiarity of being able to fill up your vehicle at any gas station across the nation is hard to reason against. It’s difficult to imagine yourself parking your car at one of the few supermarkets you may see with electric vehicle charging stations and waiting for your battery to charge for the next hour.  The truth is however that most charging takes place at home, and as a result, is super convenient and easy.

In addition, many people aren’t familiar with all that is required to plug in their vehicles at home. Do they need a special high-voltage outlet, or can they use ordinary outlets at a standard voltage? Again nothing is really necessary over and above a standard 13amp socket unless you wish to invest in a faster home charge pint. Furthermore, drivers may not be familiar with the maintenance costs and don’t want to over-extend their budgets.  The fact is that EV’s are much simpler and cheaper to maintain.

For this reason, we have compiled information on both the economic and environmental benefits of an EV to help explore the options available. Consider all the benefits of EVs below.

Cheaper to Run

If you travel across the country or use a lot of fuel commuting, the fuel savings alone can pay for the vehicle. Because you can generally charge your vehicle when you are grabbing a bite to eat, many find it incredibly easy to find time to charge their vehicles when required or on a longer journey. Some EVs can be bought brand new for less than £25k. Determine a budget that works best for you then compare makes and models to find the best fit. Drive Green can help with this.

Cheaper to Maintain

A conventional combustion engine requires a mass of sensors, wiring, pumps, hoses, injectors, ignition systems, exhaust systems, starter motors, radiators, and more to produce energy. The ambiguities that this creates in solving any performance issues are mind-blowing; synthetic oils have made this process much easier, but electric vehicles still have a leg up in this regard.

You can easily spend more money trying to figure out what is wrong with a traditional vehicle than it is worth. Furthermore, these parts will corrode and wear out quickly because they are mostly metal and are usually exposed to extreme temperatures and solvents. Electric vehicles are extremely low maintenance in comparison.

No Pollution

Electric vehicles do not have exhaust systems and do not burn anything to run them. As a result, they emit zero greenhouse gases. This makes them ultraclean for the local environment.

Renewable Energy

If you use an energy provider that obtains almost all its energy through renewable green sources such as water, wind, and solar, there may be no pollution linked to the generation of the electricity that it runs on at any point. You can also install your own solar-powered charging station to ensure that the energy expended is 100 percent pollution-free.

Eco-friendly Materials

Because the consumers who buy EVs tend to be more eco-conscious than others, the industry has reciprocated this interest by manufacturing their vehicles out of materials that are more eco-friendly. They may use more recycled plastics and biodegradable materials that reduce the overall environmental impact of manufacturing and decomposition of the parts.

Reducing Climate Change

Europe has experienced record heat waves this year (2019) from a phenomenon that scientists attribute to global warming. The effects of global warming appear to be changing the way that the jet stream moves around the earth.

As a result, more extreme weather patterns are going to lead to mercurial weather and a lack of stability in the four seasons. When storms develop, they will stick around for much longer and damage far more than ever because the jet stream is slowing down. This is all linked to greenhouse gases, that are primarily produced by fossil fuel energy usage.

Improving Air Quality

The original goal of the EPA, since its inception, was to improve the air quality of major cities. Thanks to EVs, we are closer to meeting the goal of pure fresh air than ever before. The carbon monoxide created by fossil fuel usage is absorbed faster than oxygen and is associated with a whole slew of health problems.

This article was written for the US market by one of our guest bloggers – AnnaBeth Rouse from Caliber Collision