Nigel Zeid of Boulder Nissan addresses some of the most common concerns and hesitations United Power members may be feeling about the possibility of purchasing an electric vehicle:
Can an electric vehicle meet my range needs?
With ranges north of 250 miles, electric vehicles today are more than sufficient to manage the average driver’s daily commute.
Use your trip odometer to monitor a typical day’s commuting. You can more than likely go the whole day without a charge, and charging stations are becoming more accessible if you need a refill.
Where am I suppose to charge my electric vehicle?
Most people can recharge enough using an outlet in their garage overnight, but charging infrastructure is also growing rapidly.
Your home is already equipped to charge your EV overnight—just like you would charge your cell phone. For most vehicles, an electrician can make a simple upgrade to the outlets in your garage to decrease charge times without purchasing any special charging equipment.
What will it do to my electric bill?
Not as much as you might think. And between saving on gas and maintenance, your electric vehicle will be much cheaper to operate.
Li-on batteries are more contained than regular vehicles where the danger is often fires started by spilled fluids.
But aren’t electric vehicles more expensive?
Electric vehicles are a bit more expensive, but with rebates and incentives, they are just as affordable. And don’t forget your other savings.
So electric vehicles are affordable, but are they safe?
Electric vehicles often come standard with enhanced safety features that are only available on higher trims or packages of other vehicles.