Advantages of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles, like the Nissan LEAF (2019 models now available at Sheridan Nissan), not only benefit the environment, but will also benefit your wallet. Not only are many electric vehicles inexpensive to buy but are inexpensive to own as well. Since they are not powered by gas, that cuts a significant part of the expense of owning a car out. Additionally, there are less maintenance costs associated with owning an electric vehicle.
With the need for gas eliminated, you are able to charge your electric vehicle anywhere with the ability to plug in and charge anywhere. This could be at work, at home or on the go at a public charging station. Since you’re not using a gas-powered engine, you are reducing harmful emissions that further advance climate change.
A conventional, gas-powered vehicle produces two types of emissions: direct emissions and life cycle emissions. Direct emissions come through the tailpipe, evaporation from the fuel system and during the fueling process. These emissions include harmful pollutants to human health. Electric vehicles produce zero direct emissions. Life cycle emissions are related to the life of the car: fuel and vehicle production, processing, distribution, use of and disposal of (the vehicle), all which produce a variety of pollutants. Electric vehicles produce far fewer life cycle emissions. These emissions really depend on where you live, and you can estimate your impact by looking up your zip code here.
As earlier stated, electric vehicles are generally inexpensive to buy. The 2019 Nissan LEAF starts at about $31,000. This may seem pricy, but electric vehicles qualify for a federal tax incentive (up to $7,500) which can be rolled into your finance plan.
The need to for oil changes also becomes eliminated, yet another cost related to car ownership dropped. Your brakes will also experience significantly less wear and tear, so that is another cost you will have to worry about less. Electric vehicles slow almost to a stop when you take your foot off the accelerator (they don’t coast like a conventional gas-powered vehicle), so you won’t be braking as much. Electric vehicles also use regenerative braking, which redistributes power to the motor that would be sent to braking in a conventional car. To bring it to a full circle, since you are braking less, you are creating less brake dust, further eliminating pollutants in the environment.
Visit Sheridan Nissan to test drive a 2019 Nissan LEAF and see the difference an electric vehicle makes.