More and more drivers are choosing to switch to an electric vehicle. In fact, 72% more EVs were sold worldwide in 2018 than the year before. So, what is it about EVs that’s making them so attractive to consumers? From saving money to helping the environment, here are the top 5 reasons why driving electric will change your life.
1. You’ll Save Money
When you switch to an EV, the first place you’ll save money is on gas, especially as prices continue to rise. And without gas running through the car, you won’t have to worry about so much maintenance. No more oil changes or leakages, no more transmission fixes, no more changing the spark plugs, belt and brake pads. Reducing your maintenance costs and time spent at the repair shop has a value that is not monetary: peace of mind.
EVs continue to save you money long-term. As a driver, you also benefit from reduced fares or free use of certain highways, ferries and parking because of your EV’s green plate. You can also often ride on reserved lanes, saving you considerable time on your commute, especially in traffic!
You can save even more money on electricity when you use a smart charging station like the FLO Home X5. This Level 2 charging station allows you to limit your charging output during peak hours, which will help lower your power bill.
All the savings from maintenance and gas, as well as the user-advantages, will continue to add up over time. This is what makes owning an EV cheaper than owning a gas car in the long run.
2. You’ll Save Time
Unlike gas-powered cars, EVs can be conveniently charged at home, at work or on the go. You don’t have to go anywhere to charge up your battery!
Charging at home is like having a gas station at your doorstep – without the cost, the hassle and the smell. The FLO Home Level 2 charging station fully charges a battery in 4 to 5 hours. Efficient and reliable, residential charging stations make your life easier.
When you’re on the go, there are thousands of FLO public charging stations (and counting!) available across North America to charge your vehicle. You can find charging stations at restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, gas stations, schools and many other places you probably visit on the regular.
With an EV, getting ready to hit the road is not a task or a hassle anymore. It takes care of itself while you do something else!
3. You’ll Do Your Part for the Environment
Requiring only electricity to drive, 100 % electric vehicles don’t rely on gas for fuel. This makes for a car with a very low environmental impact. EVs are zero-emissions vehicles and don’t contribute to carbon in the atmosphere.
Green driving is an opportunity to preserve the planet and contribute to better air quality in your city.
4. The Government Will Pay You to Buy One
Governments are increasingly turning to electric vehicles to help improve air quality in many areas around the world. Depending on the province you live in, you could be eligible for a government rebate to purchase an EV.
Likewise, it’s also possible to get a refund on the purchase of a home charging station. Click here to see incentives in your area.
5. Your Kids Will Think You’re Cool
Younger generations increasingly value environmental awareness and the use of the latest technologies in achieving that goal. And as many EV-driving parents will tell you, they’ll think it’s cool that you drive electric.
EVs are equipped with cutting-edge technology, score higher on safety tests than gas vehicles and help the environment at the same time.
Not only will your kids think you’re cool, but you’ll be in good company. Many celebrities including Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Cameron Diaz and Jay-Z all drive electric vehicles.
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