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Is it Expensive to Switch from Gas to Electric?

Learn about the costs and possible expenses when changing from gas to electric appliances and vehicles

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If you’re like us, you’ve noticed that electric vehicles (EVs) have been in the news a lot, as of late. Is it a popular new trend or a smart financial choice? EVs are typically more expensive than a gas-powered car, but that’s not the whole story. Read on to learn if an EV might be the right next car for your lifestyle and for your bank account.

Initial Investment vs. Long-Term Savings: Unveiling the True Costs

While an EV sticker price may be higher than a traditional gas-powered car (more than $11,000 on average, according to Kelley Blue Book), experts predict that the difference in purchase price may close significantly within the next year.

But the sticker price does not tell the whole story. We all know that we don’t stop spending money on our cars the day we drive it out of the dealership – if only that were the case! Gas, maintenance, insurance…it all adds up.

When it comes to maintenance, EVs typically cost a lot less. With fewer moving parts and no need for oil changes or emissions inspections, your annual visits (or more frequently in some cases) to the mechanic could become a thing of the past. This translates to between $6,000 and $10,000 in savings over the lifetime of an electric vehicle compared to a gas-powered model.

And now let’s talk about fuel. The cost of electricity per mile is lower than gasoline, which means you can save up to $1,000 per year on fuel expenses with an electric car. And we all know that gas prices can change! Imagine the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re not at the mercy of fluctuating gas prices.

Tax Credits and Incentives: Your Pathway to Savings

When it comes to making the shift to an electric vehicle, the financial advantages go beyond the savings on day-to-day expenses. The federal government offers a range of excellent incentives like tax credits that enhance the appeal of going green with your wheels.

These credits reduce the federal income tax you owe, effectively putting money back into your pocket. For eligible electric vehicle buyers, this means potential savings of thousands of dollars.

The federal tax credit for electric vehicles generally applies to new and used electric cars.

Claiming the federal tax credit for your electric vehicle is a straightforward process. When you file your federal income tax return, you must complete IRS Form 8936 for the Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit. This form allows you to calculate and claim your electric vehicle purchase credit.

Charging Infrastructure: Navigating the Convenience Factor

One concern potential buyers often raise about electric vehicles is charging infrastructure. The good news? Charging stations are becoming more prevalent, especially in suburban areas. Many workplaces, shopping centers, and public spaces offer EV charging, making it convenient to top up your vehicle’s battery while you go about your daily routine.

You also have the option to install a home charging station that provides the ultimate convenience, ensuring your vehicle is ready to go every morning. The average cost to install an EV charging station at home is between $1,000 and $2,500, which is offset by the savings you’ll see in your car’s energy consumption compared to a gas-powered vehicle.

Resale Value: Future-Proofing Your Investment

When it comes to the value of your investment, electric vehicles have historically not had great resale values. However, as more individuals prioritize sustainability and energy efficiency, the demand for EVs is expected to rise. This increased demand could translate to a higher resale value for your electric vehicle than traditional gas-powered alternatives.

By making the switch now, you’re not only positively impacting your finances today but also setting the stage for a potentially lucrative resale in the future.

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