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SLIDESHOW: Buying a New Car? 5 Reasons to Go Electric

  • Are you looking for a ride that offers higher fuel efficiency, superior performance and energy independence? Electric vehicles (EVs) can put you in the driver's seat. They offer a number of advantages over conventional vehicles.

  • 1. Lower operating costs

    EVs are less expensive per mile than gasoline vehicles, roughly one-fourth the fuel cost of gasoline. Also, electricity rates are consistent over time. No more worries about jumps in gasoline prices. Just think: No more oil changes, either.

  • 2. Fuel efficiency

    EVs convert about 60 percent of electrical power to the wheels, while conventional vehicles convert only about 20 percent of the fuel stored in gasoline.

  • 3. Improved performance

    Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than internal combustion engines. With regenerative braking, stopping your car actually generates fuel.

  • 4. Drive farther & recharge faster

    Most new electric cars can travel at least 100 miles on a single charge, and some can drive more than 200 miles. A 240-volt Level 2 charger installed in your garage can “fill up” your EV in 3 to 9 hours, while a public Level 3 station can recharge your car in less than 45 minutes.

  • 5. Reduced emissions

    While EVs have no tailpipe emissions, there are emissions from generating electric power. Still, EVs reduce emissions by 20 to 30 percent compared to internal combustion engines.

  • Are EVs right for you?

    Despite their many benefits, EVs do have a few downsides. They typically cost more than conventional vehicles; however, financial incentives and federal tax credits are available to help smooth the way. Also, the number of charging stations, while expanding rapidly, is still limited compared to the number of gas stations for conventional vehicles.

    A variety of EV models are available. See www.fueleconomy.gov for more information about electric vehicles and to compare different models. If you’re looking to purchase a new car, join the growing number of buyers making the connection with EVs!

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