Consumers: Finding the Right EV for You

Electric vehicle demonstration to customers in a showroom

Finding the Right EV For You

What Sort of EV Driver Are You?

Purchasing a new or used vehicle can be a complex and highly involved decision-making process for the consumer. Next to a house, a vehicle is often the second largest purchase a consumer will make. The cost of a vehicle may be the equivalent of months, or even years of one’s income.

Are you concerned about the environment, and would like to reduce your carbon footprint? Or, do you like the fact that EVs require less maintenance and cost less to operate than conventional vehicles? Whatever your reasons for wanting to make the switch to electric, most consumers want a vehicle that is affordable, safe, reliable, and meets their needs.

Every model of EV is different, so you should take the time to research the vehicles available to you. There are many things to consider when searching for the right EV for you: safety, ease of finding charging stations in your area or for trips away from home, cost, maintenance, lifespan of the battery, and performance are all important things you need to consider.

The number one concern for consumers making the switch to electric is range.

A fear of running out of power and being stranded in the middle of nowhere is known as range anxiety. Not understanding the range potential of the electric vehicle you are considering only contributes to the level of anxiety you may face.

EVs vary in their range expectations. Some EVs can travel well over 500km per charge, even exceeding many ICE vehicles’ range on a tank of gas.

You’ll need to start by answering some basic questions, such as:

  • Is your daily commute within the vehicle’s battery range?
  • Are you able to access a charging station for commutes exceeding your vehicle’s range?
  • Can you charge your EV at home, or at work?
  • Do you frequently travel out of town?

And keep in mind that your driving habits and the terrain over which you drive can also affect the range you get out of your EV. You’ll have to do some research. Choose a certified EVfriendly dealer to help you find the right EV to fit your needs.