August 01, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Vehicles

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With gas prices soaring to over $5 per gallon nationwide, the sales of new cars dropped nearly 20% from the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year. Battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs), however, went from 118,235 sales in the second quarter of 2021 to 196,788 for the same period in 2022—a 66% jump year-over-year.

With EVs becoming more accessible and more sensible to offset higher gas prices, more people than ever before are looking into the fuel-less alternative.

Centers Health Care has a look at some FAQs—frequently asked questions—when it comes to electric vehicles if you’re starting to consider one for your next ride.

  1. Isn’t the Cost of an Electric Vehicle Still High?

Yes, there may be some sticker shock if you’re looking for an electric vehicle, but there’s more to it than that. Some states offer incentives, and there can be a federal tax break of up to $7,500 depending on what make and model you’re looking at. Not to mention what you’ll save on not having to buy gas.

  1. Will I Have to Pay to Charge My Car?

It’s estimated that it will cost you around half of what it costs you in gas to keep your car powered at home. If you’re powering on the road, there are some free charging stations out there—there are phone apps designed to find them for you.

  1. What’s the Range?

Most new EVs can get around 250-300 miles per charge, so the only issue is if you’re taking a long road trip.

  1. How Long Does it Take to Charge?

On a standard electric socket, you’ll get around 5 miles of range per hour. With a higher-capacity outlet installed, you can get a full 250-mile charge overnight. A high-speed charger in public will take about a half hour to “fill” you up.

  1. Does Weather Impact an EV’s Range?

Electric cars don’t generate heat from an engine, so they do have about a 20% reduction in range in freezing temperatures. There’s also slightly less efficiency in the summer, but it’s not as pronounced.

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