Advantages of electric cars – top benefits of EVs
Last updated 1/2/2019
There are many reasons to make your next vehicle purchase an electric car. Lower fuel costs, environmental stewardship, and energy independence are all compelling reasons to go electric with your next car. Here are the top three benefits of electric vehicles.
1. Reduce or even eliminate your fuel costs
Weekly trips to the gas station to fuel up your car are expensive, especially when the ever-fluctuating price of gasoline is high. By choosing an electric vehicle, you can forget about paying for gasoline and being at the mercy of gas prices. Not only is electricity less expensive than gasoline, it also has a much more stable price point, meaning that rapid price swings are all but eliminated by going electric.
You can reduce your costs even further by installing a rooftop solar installation to charge your electric vehicle. When you produce your own free electricity, you avoid increasing your monthly electric bill by plugging your electric vehicle into the grid. Due to the remarkable flexibility of electricity generation, it is possible to entirely remove fuel costs from your life.
2. Reduce car emissions to help the environment
Humans have historically had a very negative impact on our environment, and switching to an electric vehicle is one way to reduce further damage to the earth. Carbon dioxide emissions from traditional vehicles contribute to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and accelerate climate change. All-electric vehicles don’t release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when you drive them, and hybrid electric cars use their battery to greatly improve the distance you can travel with a gasoline-powered engine.
Electric vehicles can be fueled by electricity from renewable sources, such as wind, hydropower, and solar, while gasoline can only be produced through intensive extraction and transportation processes. Electric vehicles are also built to be more environmentally friendly than conventional vehicles, as the large battery inside your electric car can be recycled. By choosing an electric car, you can reduce your carbon footprint and pollution impact to help preserve our natural environment.
3. Become energy independent
Owning a conventional vehicle means being tied to the gas pump – the only way to fuel your car is by buying gasoline. Electric vehicles are fueled by connecting to the electric grid, and electricity can be produced through several generation methods. Importantly, electric vehicles allow you to become energy independent, through the installation of renewable electricity generation such as a solar array to fuel your car. By pairing a solar PV system with an electric vehicle, you can become energy independent and produce free electricity from the sun to power your car, instead of buying fuel at the gas pump.