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Your 101 Guide to Choosing the Right Electric Vehicle (EV)

By Daisy Emah-Emah Posted: 07/12/2021

Do you want to contribute to saving the environment? Then, it’s time to consider buying an Electric Vehicle (EV)


Choosing the right Electric Vehicle (EV) is important if you want to switch to a cleaner and more desirable driving experience. There is a broad range of available options for you to choose from, which are built to suit your budget, driving style, and style. 


When choosing an EV, it is important to note the various advantages of each vehicle so that you can make the best choice for yourself.


A major win when choosing an EV is savings on fuel. Electricity is much cheaper than gas or diesel, so your annual savings can be from hundreds to a couple of thousands of dollars – especially if you choose a fully electric vehicle. 



There are various types of electric cars on the market. They are more fuel-efficient than traditional vehicles and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The three major types include: fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and non-plug-in hybrid cars.


To help you with choosing the right EV for you, here are three factors to consider…


1. Type

Each type of EV has its own unique characteristics and it’s important to find the one that fits your lifestyle. You need to answer these questions before choosing your EV. Do you need the car for convenience? Are you big on how your driving or car impacts the environment? Or do you want a car that is cost-effective? 


Fully electric/Battery EVs are powered by batteries and do not rely on gas/diesel. They are ideal for drivers who are conscious of reducing their fuel consumption and desire a cleaner driving experience.


Plug-in Hybrid EV’s are fully electric and fully gas/diesel-powered. It is a good option for drivers who want the best of both worlds. Plug-in EVs require daily charging if you want to save that extra buck on fuel cost. Also, if you are big on cleaner energy you will need to charge daily to power your car electrically and use less fuel.   



Non-Plug-in Hybrid EVs make use of traditional engines with a small battery attached and are powered by gas/diesel with support from the battery. It is advertised as a self-charging hybrid car, and it covers short distances at low speed when powered electrically.  



2. Battery Range

Once you have chosen the right EV that suits you, the next thing to look out for is the battery range. A few things to note are: modern EVs can travel 130 miles plus in one charge, if you travel long distances, pick an EV with a longer range, and if short distances any EV can do. 


Battery EVs are fully powered by batteries, so it is really critical to think about batteries with long-range before picking a car.  High-end EV’s like Tesla can travel 400 miles before needing a recharge.  


Plug-in Hybrids have a battery range of 20-40 miles but this is dependent on the model. Since Plug-in Hybrid EVs use gas/diesel, you can always fall back to these to power your car when the battery runs out.  If you want to save a few bucks on fuel, choose a Plug-in Hybrid EV with a longer battery range. 


Non-Plug-in EVs are on a different level because they are primarily powered by gas or diesel, all you need to do is fill up your fuel. The battery range is not an issue here.  



An important thing to remember is when it is cold, the battery range drops. For example, if the manufacturer’s guide says the battery range travels 290 miles, in the cold it drops to 200 miles.  


An Electric Vehicle with a good battery range helps you save but if the battery has terrible range and is less efficient, you will spend more annually. You will charge it more with electricity to go the same number of miles as an efficient battery which uses less electricity. 


Further Reading

  1. Is Buying a Used Electric Vehicle a Good Idea?
  2. Used Electric Cars: 5 Solid Reasons Why You Should Buy One
  3. What You Need to Know about Buying Used Electric Vehicles
  4. Hybrid Vs Gas Vs Diesel Cars: Which is best for you?



3. Performance

When driving a conventional vehicle with manual or automatic transmission, there is usually a delay when changing gears while accelerating. 


A lot of EVs have amazing acceleration and instant torque for safe overtaking and pulling into busy roads. Battery EVs have no gear which means no delay in acceleration. The application of power from the battery is instant, constant, and smooth. 


If power and acceleration are what you enjoy when driving, a Battery EV is the best option for you. 


Electric motors in Plug-in Hybrid and Non-Plug-in Hybrid EVs are used to give a performance boost to the engine. It is important to check the acceleration statistics of EVs before making your choice. 


Get Yourself an Electric Vehicle (EV) Today

EV’s are a wonderful option for individuals and families that are huge on saving the environment while driving and/or saving some dollars on gas/diesel. 


There are a ton of models to choose from and the tips shared would help you in choosing the right one for you. Before buying an EV you need to identify charging points for your car for easy recharge. 


EVs are the future and a lot more auto manufacturers are making more EV models that suit user’s tastes. Whether it is a fully electric, plug-in, or non-plug-in hybrid, you can explore our vehicle auction to find out more about how to to get started on your purchase.  


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