Over the past few years, demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has skyrocketed throughout the state of New York and, indeed, across the entire country. Transitioning to the use of an electric vehicle is a tangible way to make a positive impact on the environment, lowering your carbon footprint and making NY a cleaner, safer place for all its citizens.
Entities like the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are encouraging the adoption of EVs, as they offer a number of impressive benefits on an individual level, while also supporting the state’s nation-leading climate targets—outlined in New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).
Transportation is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in New York, making up a staggering 42% of the overall total. With this in mind, it’s clear that the transition to electric cars from gas-burning cars will make a significant dent in the state’s total emissions, pushing us towards a cleaner, safer future powered by renewables like solar.
Top 4 Reasons to Get an Electric Vehicle in 2021
Of course, switching to an electric vehicle is a big decision and it’s understandable if you have some reservations. As you research and learn more about EVs, you’ll gain a better understanding of the benefits they offer. For now, we’ve outlined the 4 biggest reasons to get an electric vehicle in 2021.
#1. Electric Vehicles Save Time & Money
Compared to gas-burning vehicles, EVs are just all-round more efficient—in terms of both time and energy. Electric vehicles are, of course, more energy efficient than their gas counterparts, and, on average, they cost about 50% to 70% less to operate per mile. Additionally, EVs don’t require oil changes, meaning fewer trips for maintenance and repairs. Perhaps best of all, since your EV runs on electricity, there’s no need for any trips to the gas station!
#2. Electric Vehicles are Clean, Quiet, and Fun
Electric vehicles offer fast acceleration and satisfying pickup—without the loud engine. These cars are exceptionally fun to drive and they come with a host of innovative features and technologies. You can preheat your car in the winter months without worrying about emissions, or crank up the bass on your speakers without engine distortion interfering with the sound.
#3. Charging an Electric Vehicle is Quick & Easy
Electric cars come with a charger provided by the manufacturer, meaning it’s as simple as plugging the car into a standard home outlet to charge it up. You can also upgrade to a Level 2 charger if you’re seeking a faster charge time for your EV. This upgrade does require an electrician to carry out the installation, but it increases charging speed by up to 10x more than that of a standard outlet. Of course, you’re not tied to your house for all your charging needs. If you’re out and about you’ll find thousands of charging stations dotted around the entire State. These EV charging stations are everywhere and you can easily locate them using resources like mobile apps or the NYSERDA website.
#4. Tax Credits & Rebates are Available to Purchase an Electric Vehicle
Going electric is a smart financial move too, as there are both tax credits and rebates available for the purchase of an electric car in New York. With the Drive Clean Rebate you can take up to $2,000 off the price of your EV at the time of purchase. Furthermore, you can combine the Drive Clean Rebate with the existing federal tax credit for electric cars, which offers up to $7,500 for the purchase of a new EV.
So, with all these reasons— and more—to get an electric vehicle in 2021, why wait? An electric car is an energy efficient, cost-saving, time-saving, fun way to drive, with generous rebates available for purchase, and charging stations all across the state of New York.
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