A few weeks ago our family had the awesome opportunity to test out an electric vehicle! Our version was hybrid, which means it runs on both electric and fuel. This was perfect for an “electric car newbie.”

When I got to the dealership the van–yes, van {GASP!} was waiting for me. Gabe walked me through the entire car and showed me how to work each nifty gadget inside and out.

It’s pretty amazing how much vehicles have transformed since the last time we purchased, which was 10 years ago. I didn’t need insert the key to turn on the car, there was a knob to put the car in different gears, but most importantly, this van was running on ELECTRIC. That gas tank was staying full for 29 miles.

I know you’re all thinking–well, what the heck happens after that 29 miles?!

The car will automatically switch to fuel and then you can charge your car as soon as you come to a charging station, or even home! Charging stations can be found by using a simple app. You can search for charging stations closest to you! Hybrid makes like a little less stressful because if you can’t get to a charging station right away, fuel is your back up.

Is it cheaper, in the long run, to use electric? I mean, we still have to plug it in and that costs us with our electric bill, right??

Cost per mile will always be cheaper with electricity. An Ohioan who drives 12,000 miles per year and charges exclusively at home would spend approximately $30 per month on electricity. Initial cost for a plug-in electric vehicle can be offset by fuel cost savings, lower maintenance costs and a federal tax credit.
Fuel costs—in the form of electricity—for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles are lower than those for similar conventional vehicles. Electric drivetrains are mechanically more efficient than internal combustion engines; EVs convert about 59% to 62% of the electric energy from the grid to power at the wheels, while conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17% to 21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.
Additionally, electricity prices are less volatile than gasoline and diesel fuel prices, so you can reasonably forecast your fueling expenses over longer periods of time.

Why Electric?
No more fill-ups or oil changes, instant acceleration, a growing number of charging stations and expanding vehicle range, there are lots of reasons to make your next vehicle an EV.

Charging your EV isn’t as hard as you might think. Plug it in when you get home and it’s ready the next day or tap into one of the many public charging stations appearing around Columbus.

Electric vehicles require very little maintenance—there’s no oil to change or transmission that can blow.

Electric Vehicles are the only car on the road that will get cleaner over time.

Electric vehicles out-accelerate comparable gas engines.
Just plug it in when you get home and forget about it until the morning.

Electric vehicles undergo the same rigorous testing and safety procedures as any other vehicle—in addition to EV-specific requirements, like special protections for the battery and electrical system. And as the electric grid gets cleaner over time, so does your electric vehicle.

I’ll be honest, I was super excited about the opportunity to try out a new car, but was not too thrilled about a van and had NO INTENTION of purchasing a van or electric vehicle.

Guess what, guys? I literally influenced myself. We are in the process of purchasing the Pacifica Hybrid van–the exact one we test drove.

Have you thought about driving electric? What’s holding you back?

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