What Should I Know About Owning an Electric Car?

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As time goes by, more and more Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle owners are making the switch to electric cars. Popularity is rapidly increasing for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and so are the sales. Nowadays more EVs are sold per week than in the whole of 2012. If you are considering making the switch to an electric vehicle, you must read what electric car owners have to say to you. In this article, we elaborate on the most important things EV owners have to say regarding their satisfaction rates, some advice, information to consider, and more.

What Electric Car Owners Want You to Know Before You Invest In an EV

Driving an EV is cheaper and generates fewer Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, making it better for the environment. In general, EV owners are happy to make the switch for many reasons. What is most important, they say they would keep purchasing Battery EVs (BEVs) and not go back to ICE vehicles. However, there are factors to consider when owning an EV. In this section, we address what electric vehicle owners want you to know before investing in an EV.

1. Charging at Home May Be a Game Changer

Waiting for a spot at a charging station can be a nuisance, additionally, you waste idle time until your EV is fully charged. This is why most EV owners consider it critical to be able to charge EVs at home. In general, EV owners are more satisfied when they can charge their EVs at home or their workplace, this is because they will be able to spend time more efficiently doing something they want.

2. Temperature affects range

Most people who own an ICE vehicle think that the EV driving range is not enough for everyday usage, but this myth has already been debunked, however, temperature indeed affects range and it is something you should consider if you want to be the owner of an electric car. Using the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in a hot climate can reduce the range of an EV by up to 17%. However, the real problem is in extremely cold temperatures since the range could be reduced by up to 30% before factoring in power consumed on the HVAC system, and by 50% after factoring it.

3. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for EVs is lower than for ICE vehicles

Another aspect you should think of if you are considering owning an electric car is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In most countries the TCO for an EV is much lower than for an ICE vehicle, this is a result of EVs being better to own considering maintenance, taxes, electricity/fuel, and the TCO in general.

4. EVs are much better for the environment

The environmental impact is another important factor to account for when considering owning an EV. BEVs produce 40% less GHG emissions than ICE vehicles and 17% less than Hybrid EVs considering the U.S. electricity mix. The positive impact on the environment becomes even greater when powering an EV with renewable energy since GHG is reduced by 93% compared to ICE vehicles.

Owning an Electric Car: The Number of Satisfied Customers

Every year electric vehicle owners are surveyed to analyze their level of satisfaction and create positive feedback that helps the EV industry improve anything that would need improving. According to one of the latest survey results, 90% of EV drivers are extremely happy about making the switch and would never go back to ICE vehicles, while only 1% of EV drivers say they could go back to an ICE vehicle. Owning an electric car seems to be one of the most fulfilling experiences both for EV veterans (old-time EV drivers) and first-time EV owners. The major points in favor of EVs for first-time EV owners are the service experience, driving enjoyment, and style of the vehicle, while EV veterans value the battery range and state of the battery over any other aspect of owning an EV. Satisfaction is higher among Tesla electric car owners. According to a study performed by J.D. Power, the Tesla Model 3, Model Y, and Model S are considered the best EVs in the market, but they are followed closely by the Kia Nero EV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and finally the Nissan Leaf.

What About The Study’s Rating?

The rating of the studies cited in this article should be considered. This will help estimate the accuracy of the embodied information in this article considering surveys, statistics, and metrics in general. The most important satisfaction studies were performed by Teison Energy Technology Co., Ltd, an EV charging manufacturer, and J.D. Power, one of the global leaders in data and analytics regarding consumer insights and advisory services. Other studies cited in this article were released by worldwide important organizations, statistical institutes, and more.

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Nick Zamanov is a head of sales and business development at Cyber Switching. He is an expert in EV infrastructure space and he is an EV enthusiast since 2012, Since then Nick strongly believed that electric vehicles would eventually replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars.

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