Electric SUVs are becoming popular in the automotive market, thanks to their eco-friendliness, advanced technology, and performance capabilities. However, the infrastructure required to maintain the EVs is not as developed in the country as the gasoline infrastructure. There are still several benefits to owning an electric SUV, especially with the rapid development in this sector. But before buying one, here are some of the mistakes to avoid that may otherwise cost more.
Ignoring federal incentives
The government offers some federal tax credits for EV users to promote EV use since these are more eco-friendly choices. For example, the new EV users get a credit of up to $7,500. Cash rebates, reduced vehicle taxes, and single-occupant carpool-lane access stickers also exist. However, these benefits may vary from state to state. Not looking into these benefits means one may miss out on bringing down the overall expense related to the vehicle.
Not considering commute
Traditional gasoline cars have more refill options during long journeys and are preferred for this purpose. On the other hand, although highly efficient and environmentally friendly, electric SUVs may face challenges related to charging infrastructure and range limitations.
Not considering the local climate
Electric SUVs may be negatively affected in cold weather. The batteries may not charge well, and it may also impact one’s range and SUV performance. So, this is another factor to consider when evaluating the suitability of an electric SUV for one’s needs.
Not evaluating needs
It’s important to factor in the drive time before buying an electric SUV, whether one requires it for towing or hauling, needs more interior space to accommodate more passengers, or needs a compact but robust SUV for off-roading. These varying needs may also impact one’s choice of SUV.
While range matters, one needs to evaluate one’s daily commute and not spend extravagantly just to extend the range of one’s SUV. For example, research shows that an average person drives about 40 miles in one day, which most electric SUVs can reach. So avoid shelling out more money than necessary for upgrades one may not need.