Eight Perks of Owning an Electric Car

Early Adopter Fringe Benefits

There are now a baker’s dozen electric cars for sale in the U.S., but many people are still learning about them.

This is understandable as they’re yet a relatively new type of car, for now only the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV are sold nationwide, and the rest are available to limited markets.

But despite tepid automakers and consumer concerns of range anxiety, it’s notable that all-electric vehicle (EVs) are vying well against plug-in hybrid (PHEVS). There are only eight PHEVs compared to 13 EVs on the U.S. market – although Toyota’s RAV4 EV and Honda’s Fit EV are going away, and new EVs are pending.

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This year through October, EVs have sold just less than 50,000 cars, PHEVs were a bit below 48,000, and in September, Americans bought their 250,000th plug-in car since their inception.

According to Tom Saxton, chief science officer of Plug In America, the salient points he likes to observe can be boiled to a simple message.

“Plug-in electric vehicles are more fun to drive, more convenient to fuel, and less expensive to operate than gas cars,” says Saxton.

To add details to these points, and include a few more while we’re at it, following are eight perks to going EV.