EV cost and range are the two biggest problems facing the consumer. This is especially true for the BEV, battery electric vehicle, less so for the PHEV or plug in hybrid EV, with the HEV or hybrid EV experiencing the least range concern.
Cost and range are linked since at today's battery prices, more range is more expensive. However, you might not need as much range as you think. Check here to see how much range people really use.
This is not true of gas powered cars, at least on the surface. As it happens, the true cost of oil is subsidized by Governments. As oil prices rise closer to their true market value, EV energy will begin to level out in comparison.
Generally, electric cars are more expensive to buy but less to operate. This is especially true for those who take advantage of state and federal tax credits when they fill out their free efile at tax time.
Many people drive their hybrid and electric cars 30-40 miles per day on average. However, when asked what they want, recent BMW lease customers declare 150-180 miles as the ideal EV range.
Nissan Leaf owners have actually been driving less EV only miles than Chevy Volt owners! Leaf owners log just 639 miles per month with Volt owners packing in 759 miles. This from the EV Project Vehicle Summary Report.
Next up is performance of the gasoline powered car in terms of vehicle mpg. An easy method to calculate your mpg is next. Then those costs can be compared to the electric car costs.
EVs also pollute the air a lot less for those concerned. Air pollution is covered in the impacts section.
Even though this is an electric vehicle site, 99% of transport is still by gas powered vehicles. This means that fuel economy and gas prices are important to consumers both driving and making comparisons to EV prices. Check out our EV MPG and Vehicle MPG pages for economy comparisons and calculations. Finally practical tips are given to save you money on our how to lower gas prices page.
If you are not yet ready to get into a a battery electric car or truck, you should check into a eBike. Electric bikes are the most accessible EVs
on the market today. Try one, we think you will like it.