Would you consider buying an EV, now that they are becoming more mainstream?
With gasoline prices on the rise, EVs have become more mainstream and are proving to be more economical. EVs have become attractive to an average car buyer, which comprises of people who have a long commute to work and those who like taking long car drives with family. It is not a car of the affluent anymore. EV car registrations have jumped all over the US, not just in CA, where it has gone up by 50% just in 2021.
Now, there are more affordable models of EVs to choose from like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. Leaf can be purchased for as low as $20,000, after government incentives. There are many more in production including a Chevrolet Equinox, a sports utility vehicle, which starts at around $30,000. But it may be a while before we can purchase used EVs or have enough affordable models to choose from.
One of the challenges that the EVs drivers still face is not having enough charging stations in certain areas. Most charging stations are still geared towards tesla. Some drivers complain about safety being an issue at charging stations, as some of these stations tend to be in a secluded areas.
Most electric car buyers are happy with their decision, as they feel the overall benefits overshadow some of these limitations. In addition to saving on gas, the consumer does not need to worry about the repair and maintenance. In the end, it’s the satisfaction of taking a step towards preventing global warming and reducing our reliance on planet-warming fossil fuels is what keeps the consumers excited about their purchase.
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**Adapted from an article in the NY Times