Benefits of Electric Vehicles
More cost effective to run
Compared to gas or diesel, electricity is cheap. On a cost per mile basis this means a pure electric car could cost a third (or less) of what a traditional gas or diesel car might cost. Plug-in hybrids efficiently combine an electric motor with a gas or diesel engine, meaning they too can be considerably cheaper to run.
More cost effective to maintain
A gas or diesel engine is a complex piece of technology, there is a lot going on inside an internal combustion motor – exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, oil, radiators, gears. Electric cars, on the other hand, have just three main components – the on-board charger, inverter and motor – and fewer moving parts than cars with an internal combustion engine. This means there are less things requiring maintenance and servicing is simpler. All of which could save you money.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can also be cheaper to maintain than ‘traditional’ gas or diesel-powered alternatives. While these have a gas engine that needs regular servicing, the electrical motor requires little maintenance due to far fewer moving parts, which leads to less wear and tear of the gas powered engine component.
Better for the environment
Pure electric cars have no tailpipe emissions; in fact, they don’t even have an exhaust. Plug-in hybrids have significantly lower average emissions than traditional gas or diesel cars too. This helps to improve air quality, particularly in urban areas and at the roadside where air quality can be considerably worse.
Even when taking into account the impact of generating the electricity used (the ‘well-to-wheel’ emissions), pure electric cars can still produce substantially lower greenhouse gases than gas or diesel cars. These emissions will be reduced further as we switch to more renewable energy sources like electrical generation.
Over their lifecycle, electric cars have lower greenhouse gas emissions than ICE vehicles. Battery manufacture can be than offset by increased efficiency and emissions savings over the life of the car.
Charging at home
This is one of the biggest advantages to owning an electric vehicle – imagine never going to a gas station again. Now you have a “gas station” at home where you can simply plug your car in overnight and it’s ready for you in the morning fully charged!
Using a dedicated home charging station (rather than your standard 15-amp receptacle) is the easiest and most efficient way to charge at home. Today there are many different options available for charging at home including basic chargers to network capable chargers allowing you access to many different features including scheduled charging and energy consumption data. Networked based chargers can help you to maximize electrical consumption avoiding increased electrical consumption. These chargers range in price from $799.99 to $1800.00 unit cost. Ensure you work with a certified integrator to have the charging station installed.
Quiet and quick
Just one journey in an electric car is all it takes to appreciate the smooth and quiet ride.
The high levels of torque delivered by electric motors means that pressing the accelerator results in an almost instant surge of smooth acceleration, providing an exhilarating driving experience.
Savings and incentives
The Provincial and Federal governments are actively encouraging drivers to switch to electric transportation – which is good news for anyone considering buying a new electric vehicle. The incentive programs today can alleviate cost making switching to an electric vehicle easier than ever. See (link to incentives page) for the latest incentive programs.
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