WHY CHOOSE EV?
So, what’s an EV anyway? “EV” may mean different things to different people. Generally, the first thoughts that come to mind are:
- Electric Vehicles
- Efficient Vehicles
- Economical Vehicles
- Environmental Vehicles
But did you know that EV's are becoming maintstream? In fact, most major car manufacturer's have committed billions toward efficient vehicle research and development? Many of these companies have diverted funds or have entirely stopped investing in the development of more efficient combustible engines. In addition to the well known major manufacturer's, many upstarts are gaining traction in EV development and sales.
As we're progressing forward at full charge, EV's are quickly becoming known as:
- Everyday Vehicles
- Excellent Variety
- Exceptional Value
- Exquisite Vehicles
Electric Vehicles (EVs), also referred to as battery electric vehicles (BEV), use a battery pack to store the electrical energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source at home, work or along your path. These vehicles are classified as zero-emissions, as no exhaust is created and there are no tailpipe emissions.
Here's an excellent link with graphics from the U.S. Deptartment of Energy to educate you about fully Electric Vehicles. (Link will open in a new browser window.)
According to CAR and DRIVER magazine, the most popular EVs of 2021 were:
- Tesla Model Y EV
- Tesla Model 3 EV
- Ford Mustang Mach-E EV
- Chevrolet Bolt & Bolt Crossover EV
- Volkswagen ID.4 EV
- Nissan Leaf EV
- Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback EV
- Porsche Taycan EV
- Tesla Model S EV
- Hyundai Kona EV
- Tesla Model X EV
- Hyundai Ioniq EV
At CAPITAL CITY EV OUTLET, we strive to offer more than just traditional EVs. For us, "EV" means "efficient vehicles," including Hybrid (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHEV). Read below to learn more!
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) are powered by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, which uses energy stored in batteries. A hybrid electric vehicle cannot be plugged in to charge the battery. Instead, the battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine. The extra power provided by the electric motor can potentially allow for a smaller engine. The battery can also power auxiliary loads and reduce engine idling when stopped. Together, these features result in better fuel economy without sacrificing performance.
Here's an excellent link with graphics from the U.S. Deptartment of Energy to educate you about Hybrid vehicles. (Link will open in a new browser window.)
Here are examples of popular Hybrid vehicles on the market or expected soon:
- Ford Escape Hybrid
- Ford Explorer Hybrid
- Honda CR-V Hybrid
- Kia Sorento Hybrid
- Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
- Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
- Kia Niro Hybrid
- Lexus NX350h Hybrid
- Lexus RX450h and 450hL Hybrids
- Lexus UX250h Hybrid
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid
- Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
- Toyota Venza Hybrid
- Toyota Prius Hybrid
Additionally, we often sell Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) which are another type of Hybrid.
Plug-in hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) use batteries to power an electric motor and another fuel, such as gasoline, to power an internal combustion engine (ICE). PHEV batteries can be charged using a wall outlet or charging equipment, by the ICE, or through regenerative braking. The vehicle typically runs on electric power until the battery is nearly depleted, and then the car automatically switches over to use the ICE.
Here's an excellent link with graphics from the U.S. Deptartment of Energy to educate you about Plug-In Hybrid vehicles. (Link will open in a new browser window.)
Here are examples of popular Plug-in Hybrid vehicles on the market or expected soon:
- Honda Clarity PHEV
- Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV
- Ford Escape PHEV
- Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV
- Kia Niro PHEV
- Audi A7 55 TSFI e Quattro PHEV
- BMW 530e & 530e XDrive PHEVs
- Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring PHEV
- Toyota Prius Prime PHEV
- Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
Major manufacturer's and startups are also investing billions into Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) which are powered by hydrogen. They are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles and produce no tailpipe emissions—they only emit water vapor and warm air.
- - According to the I.E.A., more than 6.5 million electric cars were sold around the world in 2021. That's more than double the number sold in 2020 and more than triple what sold in 2019
- - At the end of 2021, over 2 million EV's were on the road in the U.S.
- - In 2022 EV sales are projected to increase 70%
- - There are currently over 100,000 public charging stations with over 500,000 expected by 2030.
- - The Dept of Transportation is projecting that there will be public charging stations not more than 50 miles apart along major interstates and highways.
- - Most of today's electric vehicles have a driving range-per-charge between 50 to 330 miles. If your daily commute is under 250 miles per day, there is likely an affordable EV model that you can charge at home or work that will fit your needs, thereby entirely avoiding the need to charge at a public charging station (or fueling at a gas station!)
- - Service and Maintenance costs for EV's are substanitally lower than combustible engine vehicles, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles. EV's, for example, do not have fluids, filters, belts, hoses, oil, engine, transmission, timing chains, pistons, valves, pumps, differentials or transaxles to service or maintain. Additionally, due to the Regenerative Braking mechanism of EVs, brake pads are generally changed less often as the electric motor is providing stopping power to the wheels. During regenerative braking, the system is aiding in recharging the batteries while the car is slowing or coming to a stop.
More about Regenerative Braking:
Regenerative braking is an energy recovery mechanism that slows down a moving vehicle or object by converting its kinetic energy into a form that can be either used immediately or stored until needed.