Charge it—Fill it up for a fifth of the cost
With soaring fuel costs, Howaida says she spends as little as one fifth on fuel costs to power her EV compared to gas cars. And with so few moving parts, there are fewer maintenance costs (and no oil changes!) associated with EV ownership.
Howaida and her husband installed two Level II chargers in their garage, one for each of their EVs, and every morning they leave home fully charged. Level II chargers are ideal for local trips, whereas Level III fast chargers are important for road trip planning.
Car buyers often say a lack of charging infrastructure is a factor holding them back from purchasing an EV, but in practice, Howaida’s experience has been that access to fast chargers along the highways is really important.
In the most recent Change for Climate Perceptions Survey, 21% of Edmontonians reported that they are likely to purchase an EV for their next vehicle purchase.
Whatever your motivation is for choosing electric, it’s important to do your research and understand your commuting needs, as well as charging availability.
According to Plug N’ Drive, there are over 70 different types of EVs, including both hybrid and battery electric models. And, right now, the federal government is offering point-of-sale incentives of up to $5,000 on new model EV purchases. Check to see if your EV match from the Plug N’ Drive webpage is on the list!