As the world continues to progress and technological advancements evolve at the speed of light, we can’t help but become more conscious about our choices, and how they might be affecting the world around us.
One of the most significant ways we can change our lifestyle to become more eco-friendly and save lives in the long run is by owning an electric car.
But this isn’t the only perk of buying an electric vehicle (EV) – you can save money when you insure your electric car through personalized premiums, rewards and incentives for being kinder to the planet.
It’s a win-win!
With this in mind, join us as we take a look at exactly what makes electric cars so great, alongside some of the many other benefits of owning one.
How electric cars work
Whilst the initial cost of purchasing an electric car is generally higher than a standard gas vehicle, it often becomes worth your while when they save you money on gas, which lowers your carbon emissions, and maintenance.
EVs have fewer moving parts than gas vehicles and therefore can end up cheaper to maintain. Electric cars are powered by electricity, using a lithium-ion battery to power the motor.
Alongside the battery, the cars are made up of four other main components – the charger, motor, inverter and electric drivetrain.
The length of time it takes to charge an EV can vary depending on your charging method, battery level and the weather, but you’ll be able to factor in whether you’re going to need a charging port if you’re travelling long distances.
Types of electric car
If charging your EV seems like a bit of a hassle, you’ll be pleased to know you can also get hybrid cars, which run on a handy combination of electricity and gas.
Whilst these might not be quite as eco-friendly, as they can still release come carbon emissions into the atmosphere, they can be a great alternative to fully gas vehicles, and a more convenient way to drive electric.
This means you can find an EV that suits your lifestyle, with insurance coverage that reaches further than your charging port.
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
There are plenty of other benefits that you might find as a driver of an electric or hybrid vehicle – one of these being the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).
This can provide rebate savings straight to you once you purchase an eligible EV. And, applicants with low or moderate household incomes could see increased rebate amounts.
You’ll likely also find some local air districts and electric utilities offer local rebates and incentives for simply owning or leasing an EV. Simply search your zip code in the incentives search and see if you’re eligible after having installed your home charging station, for example.
Driving in the Carpool Lane
Many EVs are allowed to drive in most carpool lanes, even when you’re by yourself, all throughout California thanks to the Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) programme!
This could save you time on your journey as you’ll have less traffic to face, as well as being rewarded for owning such an eco-friendly vehicle.
Power, handling and fun
Finally, if you just love driving, you’re bound to love your EV, as they generally have quick acceleration – producing peak torque from a standstill, without the build-up a standard gasoline car’s engine would need to require maximum power.
With great handling and superior weight distribution thanks to the centralized battery lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity, rollover risk is reduced.
This means that not only are EVs powerful, with great handling, and fun to drive, but they are definitely the safest, most long-term cost efficient and eco-friendly choice you could make when choosing your next car.
Will you be going electric?