Just a decade ago, fully electric vehicles for everyday driving were little more than a novel idea. Today, they’re a reality, and while EVs are not yet mainstream, they could be – for at least 42 percent of American households. That’s the conclusion of a survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumers Union.
Could an EV fit into your lifestyle? Aside from the obvious desire to save money on fuel and reduce your family’s carbon footprint, what other factors might indicate an EV is right for you?
Take a look at the criteria the Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumers Union evaluated to come to their conclusion:
- Do you have access to a charging station? According to the survey, 56 percent of American households do.
- Do you drive fewer than 60 miles a day during the week? That’s the typical range of an EV on a single charge. Sixty-nine percent of American drivers don’t go that far.
- Do you typically carry fewer than four passengers? We’ve all seen traffic jams composed of cars with only a single occupant – the driver – so it’s no surprise that 95 percent of motorists carry fewer than four people.
- You never haul a heavy load. Most of us (79 percent) don’t.
If these characteristics apply to your driving habits, an EV may fit into your lifestyle. Still, EVs currently have sticker prices significantly higher than traditional gas-powered vehicles, so it’s understandable if you’re hesitant to completely give up your traditional car. Maybe this last fact from the survey will tip the scales for you:
It costs about $421 a year to operate a fully electric vehicle, and about $1,500 for a gas-powered one.
Faced with that kind of potential savings, you may well decide an EV fits perfectly into your lifestyle.