Electric vehicles are widely touted as the vehicles of the future. However, despite the growing availability of such cars today, EVs remain a novelty for many drivers. Therefore, buying an EV for the first time is a new and unique experience.
Auto buyers have more EV options now than ever before, which can make buying such a car more exciting and complex. Narrowing down a growing number of options may not come easy to first-time EV buyers, who can keep these tips in mind as they begin this exciting journey.
Get an idea of the accessibility of charging stations around your home
The number of public charging stations is on the rise, but there’s still a lot of work to be done in this area. Consumers indicate that battery or charging issues are their foremost concerns about buying EVs. Most EVs have enough battery range to cover more than the average daily commute. But, drivers who hope to use their EVs as their everyday cars that take them to work and help them run errands and get around town should confirm there are enough public charging stations to make that possible.
Look into subsidies
The Canadian Automobile Association reports that the Government of Canada offers point-of-sale incentives of as much as $5,000 for drivers who buy or lease an EV. These subsidies can help bring the cost of EV ownership down by a significant amount and are worth exploring as drivers decide which electric car or truck to buy.
Consider your parking situation
Homeowners who own single-family homes with a garage that can accommodate at least one vehicle can easily charge their EVs so long as they clear space in the garage where the car can be parked. Auto Trader notes that some garages may need to be upgraded with a level two charger, which can be expensive. Drivers who must park their EVs outdoors overnight should also know that this may require additional funds for electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE). Local building codes may govern the installation of such equipment, which is best performed by an electrician. These are some additional costs of EV ownership that first-time buyers must consider and research before they switch to an electric car or truck.
EVs may become the new normal over the next several decades. But, before that day arrives, first-time EV buyers must consider a host of factors as they shop around for an electric car or truck.