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Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Battery electric vehicles or (BEVs) are what are typically come to mind when thinking of an EV. BEVs run on electricity from batteries charged by an outlet or charging station. Having no gasoline engine BEVs do not produce tailpipe emissions.

Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs)

A PHEV is what you would call a vehicle when referring to a plug-in hybrid. PHEVs rely on both battery and gas. Plug-in hybrids differ from conventional hybrids by having a much larger battery and being able to plug into the grid to recharge.

How electric vehicles compare to conventional gas vehicles.


So how does the performance of EVs and Plug-in hybrids measure up to conventional gas-powered vehicles? The answer might surprise you. Acceleration and torque may be the first thing you notice when riding in an EV. The majority of fully electric vehicles have all of their available torque at 0 RPM giving the feeling of instant power. EVs also do not lack in the acceleration department. For example, the New Ford Mustang Mach E Gt Performance edition has a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. The base model is not far behind with a time of 5.5 seconds which is quick for SUV standards. Combining torque with acceleration makes for an exciting driver experience.


Safety is not a concern when deciding to make the switch to electric. Electric vehicles tend to be even more equipped with safety technology to protect passengers than gas-powered vehicles often surpassing them in safety test measures. EVs and Plug-in hybrids tend to have better lighting, fewer parts, and more rigid frames which could make a difference in a dangerous situation. This stands true with plug-in hybrids as well. The Volvo XC 40 Recharge (EV) and the Chevorlet Bolt (Plug-in hybrid) are just two examples of electric vehicles to win an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.


A common concern when comparing EVs and Plug-in hybrids to conventional gas vehicles is range. The typical gas-powered vehicle has on average 300 miles per tank. This is positive news for the world of electric vehicles as most can expect to float around the 200-300 mile range per charge. To put that in perspective a trip from Raleigh to Asheville should be easily achieved as a trip would run 250 miles, putting to rest the theory that gas-powered vehicles have the advantage when it comes to range. Over the next 5 years, we can expect the range of EVs and Plug-in hybrids to improve at a rapid rate.


Less moving parts equals less maintenance. EVs do not have as many parts as conventional gas vehicles providing less of a chance for parts to break. This lowers the average cost of maintenance of an electric vehicle down throughout the course of its life. Dealerships are vigilant in producing warranty packages for customers especially for those purchasing EV's. Plug-in hybrids require similar maintenance to a conventional gas-powered vehicle.


Think about the last time you saw a gas pump in your neighbor's garage. An advantage of owning an EV or Plug-in hybrid is the ability to charge your vehicle from the comfort of your own home. Do not worry if that isn't an option there are more than almost 113,600 charging outlets in the US with North Carolina accounting for 2,554 of them. These numbers will only increase in years to come. Charging electric vehicles takes between 30 minutes to 12 hours for a full charge and it varies between vehicle and charger models.

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