EV 101 | OEC News

Is an EV right for you?

It’s a question many of us have asked as we find ourselves sharing the road with more and more electric vehicles (EVs). While the cost of EVs were once out of reach for the average American, they are now comparatively priced — especially when you take into consideration federal tax credits being offered. But will an EV meet your everyday driving needs? Here are some factors to consider:

DAILY DRIVING DISTANCE

Think: how many miles do you typically drive each day? Consider commuting miles, errands and any other trips you make daily. About 90 percent of consumers drive 80 miles or less per day. With electric vehicles’ ranges spanning 100 to 300+ miles on a single charge, an EV can handle the daily demands of most commuters.

NUMBER OF PASSENGERS

How many people are in your family? Most electric vehicles on the market are compact cars or sedans with 5-capacity seating — even trucks are now being offered. However, there are a few SUV models on the market that can seat seven, with more models being developed. If you have a large family and are concerned about seating capacity, something else you can consider is how often the whole family rides in the same car at the same time. If full family trips aren’t a daily occurrence, an EV could still work for you, especially if you have another family car to use for family trips.

CARRYING CAPACITY

How much stuff do you typically carry around with you in your car? 

Most electric vehicles have standard size trunks, perfect for your weekly grocery run. Some EVs have rear seats that lay down to create extra room for storage. The Mustang Mach E even has a front trunk, or a “frunk”. There are some things that smaller EVs cannot handle due to their size, like towing a trailer, but these powerful cars can definitely handle that trunk full of baggage on your way to the airport.

PROXIMITY TO CHARGING

Where do you usually park your car? Vehicles spend 75 percent of their time parked at home, 20 percent parked at work or out in the community, and only 5 percent driving from place to place. With all the idle time that your car spends parked, recharging is easy! Many workplaces now offer free charging to employees, and charging infrastructure in the community continues to expand rapidly. Most EVs, however, are charged right in their garage from a 110- or 240-volt plug. OEC members are eligible for a rebate for installing an EV charger at their home.

PRICE RANGE

How much would you like to spend on your next car? After federal tax credits and other incentives available, EVs start in the low $20,000 range, competing with many other cars on the market.

If you’re still not sure that an EV will meet you or your family’s needs, the EV experts at Oklahoma Electric Cooperative have developed years of research and made it available to you!

Visit okcoop.org/EV to access a video library and learn about more benefits of making the switch to an electric vehicle.

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