Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

5 Essential Things to Know About Electric Vehicles

electric vehicles things to know
Robert Hoetink / Shutterstock.com

Electric cars seem to be popping up everywhere these days, but many don’t necessarily understand how they work. If you’re trying to decide if an electric vehicle is the right option for you, there are a few key things you need to know that might make the decision a bit easier.

Driving Range

All electric car ads mention driving range. The driving range is how far the vehicle will go on a full charge. Many offer a range of around 70 miles or more on a single charge, making them a great option for those who have a commute that is around 30 miles, which is the average.

Charging Stations

For those who plan on traveling with an electric car, there are concerns of the battery dying. However, the growing number of charging stations available makes that likelihood much less. According to the US Department of Energy’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station locator, there are 28,649 charging outlets and 11,444 electric stations throughout the United States – and this doesn’t include private stations.

Replacement Batteries

Electric cars run on batteries, which means they will eventually need replacing. The good news is that most carmakers have an eight-year warranty on the batteries. The bad news, however, is that the replacement cost can range from around $5,500 to $34,000 or more depending on the type of electric vehicle you choose.

Increased Efficiency

One of the most important considerations for electric cars is the overall energy efficiency they provide. While an electric car utilizes around 80 percent of the energy stored in the battery for powering the car, a gas powered vehicle battery only offers up around 14 to 26 percent.

Consider Hybrids

If you aren’t quite ready to embrace a fully electric vehicle, you can always opt for a hybrid. This type of vehicle combines a combustion engine with an electric motor. The car can drive part of the way on the electric power, yet switches to the gasoline engine when the battery is drained. Some of the higher-end hybrids have engines that alternate between both sources to allow for charging and conserving fuel at the same time.

Electric cars offer many benefits, for both drivers and the environment. However, you will need to determine if this type of vehicle will meet your needs.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem What the P0121 code means P0121 is a generic OBD-II code which indicates that the Engine Control...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...


Related questions

Q: Auxiliary battery draining the hybrid battery

Auxiliary batteries can take awhile before symptoms may be noticed on a Prius. This is due to the hybrid system powering many of the components. In this vehicle the auxiliary battery is mainly used for starting. It could cause problems...

Q: Overheating when fans off

Hello! It sounds like the system is working properly. The fans are designed to turn on when the engine reaches a certain temperature. However if the fans do not work properly the vehicle will overheat. If the vehicle has an...

Q: My gas mileage has dropped to 22 mpg, what could be the cause?

When a vehicle gets poor fuel economy, it's typically due to an electrical sensor that is faulty, such as the oxygen sensors, the air fuel ratio sensor, dirty fuel injectors, or the throttle body being dirty. Driving habits can also...