Electric Vehicle Facts
Explore everything about Electric Vehicles (EVs), from their history to facts, comparisons, and more. Discover the truth about electric vehicles from a realistic and unbiased perspective. Learn about the pro and cons of EVs and whether they are right for you.
Get answers to some of the most common questions about EVs. This FAQ section covers everything you need to know.
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Electric Vehicles By The Numbers
Electric vehicles are a great alternative to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
Below are average statistics showing some of the benefits.
About Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles (EVs) are a type of vehicle which run on battery powered electric motors rather than internal combustion engines. Modern EVs are practical, affordable, and fun to drive. They also help to reduce emissions caused by transportation. While they aren’t perfect (just like any vehicle), they are suitable for most drivers. They also have a positive impact on our environment when compared to other options. EVs can be powered by any source of electricity, so over time, as the grid gets greener, they become even cleaner to drive.
For decades, the oil industry has consistently pushed EV misinformation and tried to block their development. We’re here to set the record straight with EV Facts. We are an unbiased source for electric vehicle information – good and bad. We have no relationships with any EV-related companies or investments. We are simply car enthusiasts who have taken the time to research and test electric cars. If you have doubts, don’t worry – we did too. If you take a look at what electric vehicles have to offer, you will see the benefits too.
EVs are cleaner than ICE vehicles when directly compared. They are significantly more efficient, use recyclable batteries, and can be powered by cleaner sources of energy (Read our comparison of the environmental impact of EVs versus ICE vehicles for more in-depth information). They require significantly less maintenance and cost less to own and operate over the life of the vehicle. Fuel savings alone can easily add up to over $1,000 per year for most drivers (based on average savings). Want to see how much you can save? Check out our savings calculator. Interested in purchase incentive information? Check out our article on tax credits.
Charging can be done at home, allowing owners to drive each day without the need to stop to recharge on the go. In fact, typically most charging is done at home. For longer road trips fast-charging networks are available and can quickly charge your vehicle’s battery. 0-80% charge times vary from about 20 to 60 minutes depending on the vehicle and charging equipment. At home, you can add around 25-45 miles of range per hour with a level 2 (240v) home charging system.
EVs are safe and reliable vehicles. Many of the rumors of various safety and practicality issues are inaccurate. For example, many people mention fires as if this is a common issue – it’s not. While they can catch fire like any vehicle, they are much less likely to catch on fire than an ICE vehicle. 1,530 ICE vehicles per 100,000 catch fire versus 25 EVs per 100,000. Because of the heavy battery pack in the bottom of the car, EVs have a very low center of gravity which makes them very stable and less likely to roll over than an ICE vehicle. The lack of an engine in the front of the vehicle also allows for better crash impact absorbtion.
Is an electric vehicle right for you and your needs? Check out some of our articles or our EV answers (FAQ section) for more information. For more information on available and upcoming vehicles check out our model comparison.