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Pros and cons of owning an EV in Canada

Pros and cons of owning an EV in Canada

If you are thinking about taking the plunge and getting an EV, kudos to you for being proactive. The world, at least in North America, is trying to reduce the amount of gasoline it consumes, and to reach that goal, most drivers need to get behind the wheel of an EV.

Slow adoption of EVs

There is a considerable amount of resistance to the adoption of EVs; this can be attributed to misinformation being distributed by parties that stand to benefit from a slow adoption of EVs.

The two most common arguments on why a person should not get an EV were price and range anxiety.

With the first-generation EVs that were on the road in Canada, the median price was in the $60,000 range, but that was due to a limited number of vehicles being produced.

With the big carmakers now producing EVs at a rate comparable to their gas-powered counterparts, the unit price for an EV is now competitive when compared to a gas-powered vehicle.

The other issue with range anxiety is going away with the latest generation of EVs, which can average over 400km of driving on a single charge.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of charging stations, both public and private, being installed throughout Canada.

Selecting the EV that is right for you

While Tesla is synonymous when mentioning EVs, they are not the only game in town or even the best option. The big carmakers like Ford are rolling out their latest EVs, and these vehicles are worth a look.

When you buy an EV from a well-established carmaker like Ford, you benefit from the EV technology and have peace of mind knowing that Ford is going to be there to service your vehicle in the future. (This is something that new EV start-ups cannot offer prospective buyers)

How to find the EV that is right for you

We could talk about features and functions, but the only way you will be able to determine which EV is the right one is to go for a test drive.

Contact your nearest EV dealership and book a test drive; this will give you an opportunity to get to meet the individuals at your local dealership (they will play a critical role in getting you approved for financing) and to test drive the EV.

You should prepare yourself mentally for a totally unique driving experience; these EVs have more torque than gas-powered cars, and one-pedal driving is something that will make most drivers happy.

Once you have identified the EV that you really want to take home, you will need to work out your financing.

The average starting price for an EV is easily over $30k, so you will need a competitive car loan.

By working with the local dealership, they can get you approved for a competitive car loan; even if your credit rating is less than stellar but you must contact the dealership and get things moving, switching to an EV will help you save money on gas and do your part for the environment.

If you need help or advice on anything to do with electric vehicles, contact Car Nation Canada today, we can help!

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