The appeal of electric cars has never been stronger than it is now.
Tesla's profits hit an all-time high. GM plans to sell only electric cars by 2035. Volkswagen's goal is to make it cheaper than gasoline powered cars. The survey shows that at least two-thirds of American drivers are willing to buy electric cars.
Many people still worry about costs, options and fees, but these obstacles are falling rapidly. President Biden hopes to speed up the process and provide tens of billions of dollars in incentives.
For people who want to buy a car, it can be overwhelming and exciting. Here's how you should consider whether electric cars are suitable for you.
Electric cars are fast and interesting to drive. They hardly need maintenance and do not produce exhaust emissions, which are the main cause of climate change. But even if you're sure you want one, there are many options. That's why it's important to understand what you're looking for.
"Is this a basic means of transportation?" or an expression of yourself and your personality? Said Matt delorenzo, senior executive editor of the Kelly blue book. "The car is a statement to the buyer. If not, there will be no Mercedes Benz."
Tesla. Of course, the company produces powerful, modern and fast electric cars. But Tesla's appeal is also related to its evaluation of car owners. Buying one means buying an early collector community and, to some extent, the views and vision of Elon Musk, the company's charismatic and arrogant CEO. Therefore, many car lovers either like Tesla or hate it.
Some electric cars, such as Hyundai IONIQ, Nissan LEAF or mini cooper se, start at about $30000 and are economic and ecological alternatives to gasoline powered cars. Other models, such as Porsche taycan, GMC's upcoming giant electric Hummer and the luxury Mercedes Benz EQs, are boutiques priced at about $100000.
What is your charging plan?
The charging infrastructure in the United States may be developing rapidly, but anyone who wants to turn to electric cars should have a charging plan.
The first step is to determine where you usually charge. Most people do it at home, which is the easiest. But as new electric cars and trucks can travel 200 miles or more when fully charged, some drivers choose to replenish fuel when needed in the workplace or public charging stations. It is reported that some urban residents start long cables from apartments or families to provide power for cars parked on the street.
If you plan to charge a new electric car or truck at home, there are some pitfalls to pay attention to. Although electric cars can be charged through a typical household socket, the charging process is very slow and takes up to 24 hours or more to be fully charged. Many car owners choose to install faster 220 to 240 volt power outlets, as used in clothes dryers, which usually requires hiring an electrician.
Alistair weaver, editor in chief of edmunds.com, said: "you are basically installing something unique for electric cars - it costs."
He should know. After buying a new house, Weaver realized that his electric panel needed an expensive upgrade to power his wife's Tesla Model 3.
Anyone without a simple charging method should pay special attention to the driving distance of the car in the real world and its possible changes under different conditions. For example, cold weather can greatly reduce the vehicle's mileage.
But don't be too nervous. Experts say that although the fear of power failure - commonly known as distance anxiety - is real, it is often exaggerated.
Jake Fisher, senior director of vehicle testing at consumer report, said that many electric vehicle owners do not charge every day because they don't need it at all.