Sep 7, 2022
Did you know that the transportation sector is responsible for 27% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions—many of which come from passenger cars? If you currently drive a traditional gasoline-powered car, switching to an electric car is one of the best ways you could reduce your carbon footprint and help make a positive impact on the environment every day. Here are some of the top reasons you should swap out your gas-powered car for a fully electric vehicle:
1. They are better for the environment.
One of the main advantages of electric vehicles might seem obvious, but it’s far too important to overlook: the environmental benefits. Electric cars produce significantly fewer emissions than gas-powered cars—not just while in use, but also throughout the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. This can help reduce air pollution and mitigate climate change—especially for the most vulnerable communities who are disproportionately harmed by transportation emissions.
2. They’re just as safe—if not safer.
Research has increasingly shown that electric vehicles are at least as safe as gasoline- and diesel-powered cars. In fact, the president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) stated that “we can now say with confidence that making the U.S. fleet more environmentally friendly doesn’t require any compromises in terms of safety.” Several EVs were awarded the 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick, including the Audi e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4, and Volvo XC40 Recharge, so drivers who care about both safety and the environment have a variety of great options to choose from.
3. They are cheaper and easier to maintain.
With fewer parts, no internal combustion engine, no oil, less brake wear, and parts that require little to no regular maintenance, electric cars have lower repair and maintenance costs than their gas-powered counterparts—for an average of $4,600 of savings over the lifetime of the car compared to gas-powered cars! Fewer maintenance costs and requirements can save EV drivers lots of time, money, and headaches.
4. You’ll no longer have to pump gas—or spend gas money.
How nice would it be to no longer have to stand outside at a dirty gas station in the hot summer air, freezing cold, or pouring rain every few weeks? With an electric car, you can charge it overnight at your home (the same way you plug in your phone every night), and you’ll only need to stop and charge on longer road trips. Plus, you can save an average of up to $1,000 each year on gas money!
5. You can receive rebates and tax credits.
Electric vehicle purchases can qualify for federal tax credits of up to $7,500, and many cities and states offer additional financial incentives to choose an electric car. Check out this list from the Department of Energy of all the rebates, tax incentives, and other programs offered in each state—and see how much you could save by choosing an EV!
6. The total cost of ownership is lower than gas-powered cars.
Electric cars often have a higher sticker price than gas-powered cars. But between the lower fuel costs, the lower maintenance and repair costs, and the tax rebates available, the total cost of owning an electric car over the vehicle’s lifetime is less than the total ownership cost of a gas-powered car. Over the vehicle’s lifetime, EV owners can save up to $9,000!
7. More charging stations are popping up.
One reason some people might be hesitant to switch to an electric car is the worry that there aren’t enough charging stations around. But the number of charging stations in the U.S. has consistently grown in recent years to more than 46,000 across the country, and that number will only continue to rise as federal, state, and local governments invest more in charging infrastructure. Plus, there are a number of smartphone apps that have become valuable resources to help EV owners find charging stations, even in the most remote parts of the country.
8. More EV options are becoming available.
Whether you’re looking for a sedan, SUV, hatchback, or even a pickup truck, there are already several great electric car options on the market—and the number of options will only increase in the coming years, as nearly every major car manufacturer in the U.S. has announced plans to ramp up the production of electric vehicles. No matter what type of car you’re looking for or what your budget is, you’ll be able to find your ideal EV.
9. You can enjoy special perks.
There are many benefits that exist to incentivize and reward electric car ownership. For instance, if you drive an EV, you can enjoy perks such as access to restricted highway lanes, reserved parking spots, free metered parking, and free or reduced tolls!
10. You’ll support the electric vehicle industry.
By switching from a gas-powered to an electric car, you’ll support the growth of the EV industry and increase demand for electric cars and EV infrastructure—which will help make it easier for even more people to make the switch. Fewer gas-powered cars and more EVs on the road will ultimately lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment for us all.
Swapping out your gas-powered car for an electric car is a great way you can reduce your transportation emissions and help fight climate change. Once you make the switch, make sure your EV is charged with 100% clean, pollution-free energy from wind and solar sources—with zero dirty fossil fuels—by choosing Clean Electricity for your home. It’s one of the easiest and most impactful ways you can help protect our planet every day—without having to change your daily routine. Sign up today to help create a better environment for future generations.