The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here to stay. This past January, Plug’n Drive celebrated a significant milestone, the sale of Canada’s 10,000th EV, by hosting EV 10,000. It may seem that 10,000 is not a “significant milestone” when compared to the number of gas cars on the road. But when you consider that at the end of 2013 there were only 5,000 EVs in the country, the picture becomes clear.
In just one year the number of EVs in Canada doubled and EV sales are far outpacing the sale of hybrids when they first came out (Article: World Resources Institute). Every auto manufacturer in the world has an EV model on the road right now or is close to releasing one. Canada’s public charging infrastructure is expanding rapidly and advancements in battery technology are giving drivers more range at lower cost. It’s safe to say that EVs are no longer an “if”, but a “when” and Canada’s movement to a clean and sustainable transportation sector is well underway.
Lots of people realize that EVs are the cars of the future. Here are Plug’n Drive’s top seven reasons why they’re the cars of right now.
1. The Cost to Drive
Even with low gas prices, EVs can still save drivers between $2,000 and $2,500 per year on fuel costs. We’ve done the math! Over the typical seven year lifespan of a car, that’s over $14,000 in fuel savings.
2. The Environment
Transportation is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and EVs can reduce a driver’s emissions by as much as 90% when compared to a gas car. The burning of diesel and gasoline also contributes heavily to air pollution. Thankfully, Canada’s electricity sector is one of the cleanest in the world (Source: CEA).
3. The Economy
Electricity is made locally, whereas oil is usually imported. This means billions of dollars per year leave the country. By switching to an EV, you’re helping to support energy infrastructure and jobs that are close to home.
4. The Maintenance… or lack of
Gas cars are very complex. Electric motors have one moving part. That’s it! Fully electric cars don’t require oil changes, transmissions or exhaust systems and plug-in hybrids have greatly reduced wear and tear saving you thousands of dollars in maintenance fees.
5. The Convenience
No more trips to the gas station! By installing a charging station at home you plug-in at night and wake up every morning to a full “tank” of electrons.
6. The Performance
Electric motors don’t have gears like gas engines, meaning you get full torque and horsepower from the get-go. Furthermore, EVs provide a smooth and steady ride while making zero noise..
7. The Choice
Do you prefer a high performance sports car, a compact utility or a luxury sedan? With more than 15 models available from 10 manufacturers and more on the way, there’s an electric car for everyone. (See Plug’n Drive: EV Models)
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