Electric vehicles (EVs) are a major part of adopting a net zero lifestyle. Automobiles powered by gasoline account for a huge portion of a family’s C02 emissions and are very expensive to operate and maintain. Electric vehicles powered by solar electricity offer both tremendous environmental and financial benefits, are quieter than gas-powered vehicles, and offer smoother drivetrain performance.
Electric vehicles cost about 50% - 80% less to operate than gasoline-powered cars, even when they’re charged with grid power at the most expensive rates. Environmentally speaking, EVs emit drastically less CO2 per mile, even when they’re powered by non-renewable electricity. And when they’re powered by rooftop solar electricity, the savings are multiplied, and the CO2 emissions are eliminated.
EVs are also much easier to maintain. Some of the unexpected perks of switching to an electric vehicle include:
All of this maintenance comes with a substantial price tag, not to mention the owners’ time and significant amounts of toxic waste that ends up in landfills. Tires, windshields, and wiper blades are the few components that require regular replacing on an EV. Furthermore, EVs come with regenerative braking systems that recharge the batteries during the breaking process, which means that brakes experience much less wear-and-tear.
Many people are hesitant to switch to an EV due to “range anxiety.” While EVs offer less range than gas cars, the vast majority of drivers rarely take trips beyond 150 to 300 miles—the standard range of most EVs today. Additionally, many EVs can be completely recharged in about 30 minutes, meaning that recharging an EV while on longer road trips is still a viable option.
As a sort of stepping stone, we often see multi-car households replace one car with an EV while keeping one gasoline-powered car for long-distance trips.
Ask around! Most EV drivers will happily tell you that having made the switch, they have no intention of going back to a gas powered car ever again.