Electric Car Pros & Cons: What To Consider Before Buying


Automakers are ramping up their investments in electric vehicles both to help meet emissions and fuel economy rules and to prepare for future demand as battery range goes up and costs come down. Electrified rides are expected to account for around 30 million sales by 2030 and 50 million by 2040.

But in the meantime, the market segment is still uncharted territory to most consumers. Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to consider before you go shopping for your first EV:


Even with gasoline prices remaining affordable, it costs less money to run a car on electricity than gasoline. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it would cost an owner $1,200 a year to drive a gas-powered Ford Focus for 15,000 annual miles with fuel at $2.45 a gallon, but just $600 to cover the same distance in a battery-powered Focus Electric.

What’s more, an electric car generally costs less to maintain. Because they utilize an electric motor and a simple single-speed transmission, EVs eliminate over two-dozen mechanical components that would normally require regular service. Driving an electric car means being able to avoid oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing and replacing the air filter, spark plugs, and drive belts.


Though prices are expected to drop significantly over time, you’ll still pay an up-front premium to own a vehicle that runs on electricity. For example, the Nissan Leaf is priced at nearly $31,000 to just over $37,000, depending on the trim level. The Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at nearly $37,500. By comparison, a comparable small gas-powered hatchback model like the Chevrolet Sonic is sticker priced at between $18,000 and $22,400, depending on the trim level.


Most new EVs are eligible for a one-time federal tax credit of $7,500. (PHEVs are eligible for between $3,500 and $7,500, depending on the size of its battery.) That effectively drops the price of a Nissan Leaf to $23,500. Some states dole out added incentives that can sweeten the deal even further. Unfortunately the federal credits are not permanent, and are scheduled to phase out during the calendar year after an automaker sells 200,000 full electric and/or plug-in hybrid models.

Tesla has already reached that milestone, which means its federal tax credits are being phased out during 2019 and will be eliminated on December 31. General Motors is likewise hitting the 200,000-unit mark and will see its subsidies shrink over the course of 12 months beginning in 2019.


A boon for used-EV buyers but a bane for original owners, resale values are way below the norm because of a combination of factors, including limited demand and the $7,500 federal tax credit given to new EV buyers. What’s more, because of their inherent range limitations pre-owned electric cars tend to be driven fewer miles than the norm, which means they’ve typically endured less wear and tear.


Having accounted for only a slim percentage of new-vehicle sales over the last few years, used EVs are not especially plentiful. Also, only a handful of models were sold in all 50 states when new, with many only offered in California (and perhaps one or more other states) to fulfill state regulations regarding zero-emissions vehicles. You’ll find them most plentiful on used-car lots in California, Georgia, Washington, New York, and Florida. And, of course, you’ll find them listed for sale here on MyEV.com.


EV makers are leveraging the latest in battery technology to make them practical as both daily drivers and road-trip warriors. For example, the Tesla Model S can run for as many as 335 miles on a charge in its top model, with the smaller Model 3 able to reach 310 miles. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is rated to run for 238 miles, while the new EV version of the Hyundai Kona boasts an operating range of 258 miles. Tesla claims its 2020 Roadster will be able to go for 620 miles without needing a charge.


No matter which EV you drive, you’ll still need to keep a watchful eye on the state-of-charge meter. An older EV might only be able to travel 75-100 miles before needing a charge, though that’s sufficient for to cover the average commute, which the U.S. Department of Transportation says is 15 miles each way.

Plus, an EV’s real-world range can be adversely affected by external factors. These include driving in extremely cold or hot weather. This is both because of the adverse effects of high and low temperatures on a battery’s charge, and the drain caused by operating the heater and air conditioning. Also, full-throttle acceleration, driving at higher speeds, and improper maintenance will also reduce an EV’s operating range.


Unlike a gasoline engine, an electric motor produces 100% of its available torque instantly. Power reaches the wheels immediately for quick off-the-line launches and brisk passing abilities. And, without a throaty exhaust note, it all takes place with eerie silence, save for some wind and tire noise. The 2019 Jaguar i-Pace actually pipes in some faux engine sounds during spirited acceleration to add some aural excitement to the driving experience.


Unlike gas and diesel-powered vehicles, EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions. That means they won’t spew smog-forming pollutants and greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, formaldehyde, non-methane organic gases, and non-methane hydrocarbons into the atmosphere.


An EVs actual overall effect on the environment depends on the local sources of electricity. According to a report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), they tend to fare best in parts of California, New York, and the Pacific Northwest, where renewable energy resources are prevalent, and less so in central U.S. states like Colorado, Kansas and Missouri because of their greater dependence on fossil fuels to produce electricity. Still, the UCS determined that EVs are generally responsible for less pollution than conventional vehicles in every region of the U.S.


Most EVs are charged at home. You’ll avoid the weekly visit to the gas station and will perhaps even save a few extra dollars by avoiding impulse buys for snacks and lottery tickets. Depending on the power company, an owner may be able to qualify for discounted off-peak rates by charging his or her EV in the middle of the might. Fully charging an EV using standard (Level 1) house current can take as long as 24 hours, depending on the model. Spending a few hundred dollars to have a dedicated 240-volt line and a Level 2 charger installed in your garage can slash that time to as little as four hours. Some states offer financial assistance to install a home charging unit.


The infrastructure for EV public charging units is growing, but they’re still not as common around town as are gas stations. As of this writing there’s about 20,000 charging stations up and running in the U.S. and you’ll most usually find them at retail parking lots, public parking garages, and new-car dealerships in areas where EVs are most prevalent. Also, a number of companies have installed charging stations for their employees and some urban apartment buildings maintain them for their tenants’ use.

Level 2 is the most prevalent type of pubic charging, and it’s best for minor replenishments while running errands. A better alternative is to seek out a Level 3 charging station, also called DC Fast Charging, which can bring a given EV’s battery up to 80% of its capacity in around 30 minutes. Plotting a course and picking a destination that’s dotted with Level 3 chargers can enable an extended road trip in all but the shortest-range EVs.


Depending on where you live, if you own an electric vehicle you may be able to drive in the carpool lane on the highway without having to carry additional riders. You might also be able to garner perks like free street-parking, and specially reserved spots in municipal and/or airport lots.

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Affordable Audi electric, Ford police hybrids, Tesla refunds: Today's Car News

2019 Ford RangerAudi will build an upscale car on VW’s affordable electric-car platform. Ford is taking orders from police departments for its more efficient hybrid police cruisers. Tesla will refund the full amount if it doesn’t deliver cars in time for the full federal tax credit. And how do our readers see the future of the Chevy Volt’s plug-in hybrid tech?…
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Tesla Might Expand To Elon Musk’s South African Homeland In 2019

Is Africa finally ready for Tesla and is Tesla ready for Africa?

South Africa is one of those places where you can’t buy a Tesla, but according to Elon Musk – who left South Africa for North America almost 30 years ago – there is a chance for change.

The first store is expected to be opened in South Africa in 2019 – “probably“.

The biggest challenge in Africa is that there is not that much demand for EVs, which makes the continent and particular countries among the last to get the latest EV models.

The other problem is that the state utility Eskom Holdings SOC recently experienced rolling blackouts because it didn’t have money for investments in new power plants.

At the same time, there are customers that are already ready for Tesla, as you can see in this reply to Musk: “Amazing — I’m first in line when it happens!”

Source: Bloomberg

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First look at a bulletproof Tesla Model X armored vehicle

Electric vehicles, especially Tesla’s vehicles, are not being left out when it comes to armored vehicles.

After a Model S earlier this year, we’ve now got a look at what could be the first Tesla Model X armored vehicle. more…

The post First look at a bulletproof Tesla Model X armored vehicle appeared first on Electrek.

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Nidec’s E-Axle integrated traction motor system to be used in new Chinese EV

Nidec, which was founded in 1973 as a Japanese manufacturer of small electric motors, and now employs some 100,000 people in 40 countries, has developed an integrated traction motor system called the E-Axle.

Nidec’s E-Axle fully integrates the reduction gearbox and inverter. Designed to be compact and lightweight, it weighs only 83 kg, and offers a power output of 150 kW and maximum torque of 3,900 Nm.

Now Nidec has announced that its E-Axle will be used in a line of cars called Aion S from the new Chinese EV brand GAC NE, the new energy vehicle arm of Guangzhou Automobile Group. The Aion S, unveiled at the recent Auto Guangzhou show, boasts a range of over 500 kilometers (311 miles), and is slated to hit the market in 2019.

Nidec plans to begin mass production of the E-Axle in 2019 at the company’s new dedicated 66,000-square-meter factory in the Pinghu Economic Development Zone near Shanghai.

Although Nidec will launch the E-Axle in the Chinese market first, it plans to make it available to European auto brands in the near future. “Carmakers from all around the world have contacted us since we announced our E-Axle and we are currently considering building another dedicated factory in Poland,” said Dr. Kazuya Hayafune, Chief Engineer and Deputy Executive General Manager of the company’s automotive division.

Nidec also recently launched a joint venture with Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel and Vauxhall) to develop and manufacture a separate lineup of automotive electric traction motors.


Source: Nidec

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State-By-State Look At Plug-In Electric Cars Per 1,000 Residents

Average number of plug-in cars in U.S. is 2.21 per 1,000 residents

According to the US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, as of the end of 2017, the highest number of plug-in electric cars per 1,000 people in the U.S. was in California (8.64), Hawaii (5.12) and Washington state (4.06). The first five remain the same as compared to 2016, and most states improved their plug-in share.

In total, eight states exceed 2 plug-in cars per 1,000 residents, compared to five a year earlier:

  • California – 0.864%
  • Hawaii – 0.512%
  • Washington – 0.406%
  • Oregon – 0.384%
  • Vermont – 0.373%
  • Colorado – 0.233%
  • Arizona – 0.229%
  • Maryland – 0.203%

The bad news is that there are still 25 states with less than 1 plug-in car registered per 1,000 people.

“Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia were between one and two PEV registrations per 1,000 people, while 25 states were below one. The average for the United States is 2.21 PEV registrations per 1,000 people.”

In the top EV market – Norway – plug-in electric cars account for over 10% of the total fleet already today.

“Note: PEV include both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Sources: PEV registrations – U.S. Department of Energy analysis of IHS Automotive data. Population – U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population.”

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Tesla to offer full refunds to buyers who miss tax credit cutoff

2017 Tesla Model 3, 2017 Los Angeles Auto ShowAs we’ve covered here before, Tesla buyers are facing the expiration of the full federal plug-in vehicle tax credit that the cars are currently eligible for through Dec. 31. Twice, Tesla has set deadlines for buyers to order their cars if they want to receive the full credit. Now Tesla is offering a carrot alongside the IRS’s stick. CHECK OUT…
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Chile orders 100 electric buses from China’s Yutong Bus

Yutong Bus will deliver 100 electric buses to Chile, part of the Chilean government’s environmentally-friendly urban development policy, which includes a push to replace all current city buses with new energy vehicles by 2050.

The new e- buses will be operated by Buses Vule and STP Santiago to serve Santiago’s public transportation system.

The Yutong E12 Electrical Bus is equipped with a 324 kWh battery pack and a 150 kW DC charger. Charging time is estimated at two hours.

Yutong has delivered 20,635 buses to Latin America, making up 54% of all Chinese exports in the sector. Last year, Yutong sold 67,568 large and medium-size buses, including 24,865 new energy buses, in the region.

“For 13 years we’ve been strengthening our presence in Chile, deploying the Yutong Model of customized products, accessories, financing and comprehensive protection to serve different customers in different markets,” said Yutong Deputy General Manager Chang Hao.



Source: Yutong Bus

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Here’s How A Plug-In Hybrid Porsche 911 Would Come To Life

It appears a Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid is a reality after all.

Porsche has gone round and round about whether it will eventually launch an all-electric or plug-in hybrid 911. According to a recent report by Autocar, the car maker is planning ahead. In fact, it has already “futureproofed” its 8th-gen 911 to be able to accommodate electrification down the road.

Head of Porsche sports car development August Achleitner assured that the new 911 has a seven-year life cycle, during which the automaker has made accommodations for the potential application of mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

The all-new 992-series 911 will, of course, be powered by an ICE turbocharged engine. But, Achleitner makes it clear that Porsche is already in the development process related to electrifying the vehicle. While an all-electric variant is a huge stretch at this point, he tells Autocar:

We’ve taken the experience we gained with hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the 918 Spyder, and applied it to the new 911. In the future, this will allow us to offer it with pure-electric capability.

Sadly, Achleitner was hesitant to give specifics about the upcoming, next-gen, electrified 911’s powertrain specs. However, he did compare it to the current Panamera S E-Hybrid. Autonews notes:

Applying the power and torque developed by the Panamera S E Hybrid’s electric motor to the new 911 Carrera S would provide it with a theoretical system output of 578bhp and 686lb ft – some 21bhp less but a significant 133lb ft more than the previous-generation 911 Turbo S. This model had a claimed 0-62mph time of 2.9sec and top speed of 205mph.

In addition, a battery situated in the front of the 911 will ultimately lead to better weight distribution. It will also mean better center of gravity and stability overall.

We can only hope that Porsche will move forward with such a plan, and sooner rather than later.

Source: Autocar

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Tesla Launches Model 3 In Japan: First Deliveries In Late 2019

At least 6-7 months of additional waiting.

After presenting the Tesla Model 3 in Japan in November, it’s now known that the first deliveries will begin in the second half of 2019.

Japanese media says deliveries will be in late 2019.

Japan probably will not be a major market for the Model 3. However, the Model 3 could be the first all-electric model that could possibly compete – in volume of sales – with the Nissan LEAF in its home market.

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