Driving Electric NYC Does an electric car work for me?

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Owning: Does an electric car work for me?

Owning a car in New York City is different than anywhere else on the planet: challenges like parking and congestion and alternatives like bicycling and public transportation mean that New Yorkers use their cars for unique patterns of travel. Some New Yorkers will be a better match for electric cars than others. The sections below can help you evaluate whether your home is a good candidate for adopting an electric car.

Will an electric car go everywhere I need it to go?

Despite its population, New York covers a relatively small area an electric car could travel the 45 miles across the five boroughs and back again within a single charge. While extended range and plug-in hybrid electric cars can travel farther by refueling with gasoline, they provide the most benefits when operating gasoline-free.

When you get to where you re going you can either plug-in using a normal outlet or find a nearby fast charger. A fast charger takes half as long as using a wall outlet.

Electric cars are designed to recharge every night at home rather than needing to travel to a gas station. Because of this, most drivers will start each day with a full charge. Electric cars also provide plenty of warning before their batteries are fully depleted. When the battery is nearly empty, many electric cars feature a low power mode that allows you to travel at a reduced speed to get to a safe place.

To help you understand whether an electric car would match your lifestyle, we asked real New Yorkers how an electric car would work for how they travel:

Only short trips

Lisa lives in Flushing and uses her car almost every day . She drives to shop for groceries, visit friends, and babysit her grandchildren.

All of these trips are less than thirty miles roundtrip.

She and her husband use their other car for their occasional longer trips.

Lisa s match:

For her a pure electric car works well. The car s 100 mile range is enough that she ll practically always only need to charge at home. Because Lisa drives frequently, driving electric instead of gasoline will mean a big reduction in gasoline use.

Both long short trips

Christina lives in Manhattan with her husband Kevin and uses their car around town for work and for pleasure trips outside of the city. Sometimes she goes to the Catskills and other times to New Jersey.

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Christina s match:

In terms of specific models, Christina is most interested in the electric car with gas backup. Her city driving and a large number of her weekend miles will be electric. Yet, she and Kevin will still be able to use the car for their regular weekend trips.

Only long trips

Ben lives in Bedford Park and loves road trips. In an average week he ll drive three miles or less. However, when he does drive, he usually travels far, going to the Adirondacks or to visit family in Pittsburgh.

On those long trips he travels for several hundred miles and when the tank is nearly empty, he easily finds a nearby gas station. He rarely drives in the city or takes trips less than 75 miles.

Ben s match:

Because he takes mostly long trips, he s better off driving a gasoline vehicle or hybrid that gets good mileage. In five to ten years electric vehicles with greater range and lower cost may be an option for Ben.

Affordability Availability

Compared to conventional vehicles, electric cars cost more upfront but cost less to operate. For an example affordability calculation, see below:

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