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As battery technology advances, range increases, and consumer comfort level grows, more drivers than ever are intrigued by the unique benefits that come with owning an electric vehicle (EV). A recent Consumer Report Survey reports that 71% of American adults with a valid driver’s license are interested in owning an EV at some point []. Convenience is a key factor; there are more public charging options available now from networks like EVgo that EV owners can plug into. [] []
Breakthroughs in technology and engineering continue to change EVs for the better, and many drivers are weighing the pros and cons of owning an EV compared to its fueled counterpart. But, it can be difficult to keep up with all of today’s benefits of owning an EV. []
From potential tax credits [] and minimal maintenance to lower ownership costs, here are the electric vehicle benefits that you need to know about.
6 Benefits of Electric Vehicle Ownership
Owning an electric vehicle comes with many real-world benefits. Compared to gas-powered vehicles, EVs:
1. Are energy efficient
2. Require less standard maintenance compared to gas-powered vehicles
3. Are quieter than gas-powered vehicles
4. Are eligible for potential tax credits []
5. May be allowed in HOV lanes and potentially designated parking spots depending on which state you live in. []
6. Offer Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo Charging Credit[]
Gasoline — a fossil fuel created from crude oil — is not a permanent resource, which means gas-powered vehicles are dependent upon an inefficient fuel source that cannot be easily replaced.
Many EVs also provide unique energy-efficient features like regenerative braking. This process utilizes an EV’s motor as a generator, converting the kinetic energy lost while decelerating into stored energy within the vehicle's battery.
EVs require less maintenance than gas-powered vehicles
Compared to internal combustion engines, all-electric motors feature fewer moving parts —which can mean less maintenance and lower routine maintenance costs [*]. These motors do not require starters, fuel pumps, and exhaust systems, so drivers don’t have to worry about these components wearing out over time.
Additionally, EV owners avoid the maintenance costs that come with using an internal combustion engine.
Internal combustion engines are loud and require an entire exhaust system to reduce their decibel levels. All-electric motors, however, produce very little sound while operating. This allows an EV driver to enjoy a quiet ride while reducing noise pollution.
While EVs are much quieter than gas-powered vehicles, they don’t fall short on power or performance. With the ability to generate 100% torque from 0 revolutions per minute (RPM) due to the immediate transfer of electrical energy, EVs get up and go.
EVs are beneficial for potential tax credits
Owning an EV comes with many financial perks, but one of the biggest is the ability to qualify for additional potential tax credits, rebates, and discounts. Depending upon where you live and your personal tax situation, you could receive up to thousands of dollars in potential tax credits amongst incentives from the federal government, your state, and your city. Discover what potential EV tax incentives are available in your area. []
EVs are often allowed in HOV lanes and may enjoy premier parking spots
Depending upon what city you live in, driving an EV could qualify you for an all-access pass to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (lanes typically reserved for vehicles with a driver and one or more passengers), regardless of your vehicle size or the number of passengers. []
In some locations, EVs can also provide you access to premier parking options. Where available, these oftentimes green-painted parking spots can be found in convenient locations and reserved exclusively for EVs. Parking fees have even been waived in certain areas for hybrid or all-electric vehicles[]
Get a complimentary charging credit with Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo
Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo is exclusive to customers purchasing or leasing a new qualifying Nissan LEAF. Join the program and receive a complimentary charging credit to use at an EVgo or EVgo roaming partner charger. Restrictions apply. []
When it comes to modes of transportation, electric vehicles are becoming more noticeable on roads all across the country — and for good reason. EVs require less maintenance, and can earn owners unique perks like charging credits and HOV-lane access.[][]
Nissan helps you experience the benefits of these battery-powered vehicles firsthand.
If you’d like to learn more about the impact electric and hybrid vehicles are having on the automobile industry, check out other related electric articles.
Interested in learning why the Nissan LEAF is our EV flagship? Discover the unique range of electric-only features and benefits of the Nissan LEAF today.
Or, preview new benefits on the horizon and go on a virtual drive with the not yet available Nissan ARIYA []— our new and upcoming innovative electric crossover.
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