Five Things You Should Know About Driving an EV

Doing some information-gathering on driving electric? Check out these facts from a current EV driver -- but only if you want to be convinced you need an EV, too!
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1. You can charge at home…and it’s pretty easy.

One big fear non-EV owners have is “where will I charge?” For about two-thirds of American households, the answer is “you already live there!” According to the US Census, 66 percent of homes—single-family houses, condos and rental units alike—have a garage or carport. And if there’s a 110-volt outlet there, it’s just a matter of plugging in the charger that comes with your Flux electric vehicle. That’s called “Level 1” charging, and it adds about 3-to-5 miles of range per hour, enough for most commuters to charge up their daily drive overnight. If you burn more juice than that, a 240-volt “Level 2” charger will replenish most EVs in 8-to-10 hours.

Qualified Flux customers can opt to have a Level 2 home charger included in their plan for a small up charge, or an electrician can install a circuit for a 240-volt connection, usually for $1000 or less.

2. Charging away from home is easier than you think it is.

If you can’t install a charger at home, or have to park on the street, EV ownership is less convenient—but far from impossible. If you drive an average amount (about 1,200 miles each month), you’ll need to fully charge every five days or so. That’s roughly how often most folks go grocery shopping, and there are fast-charge stations at many Walmarts, Whole Foods, and other big chains. These ‘DC fast chargers’ can fill your battery to 80 or 90 percent while you get your shopping on—and it’s still cheaper than gasoline!

3. Gas stations are less convenient than you think.

Sure, you can “charge” a gasoline tank in a fraction of the time it takes to charge an EV, but do you have a gas station in your house? Chances are the closest one isn’t even within 10 minutes of your abode, and is that the cheapest option? It rarely is, which means you have to drive even further out of the way to save a few bucks. And when you’re late for work is when you’re always out of gas, a phenomenon that can only be explained by Murphy’s Law.

EV home charging is great because not only do you wake up every morning with a full “tank,” you can charge during off-peak hours and save even more money. Oh, and while oil companies can raise gas prices twice a day, electricity rates are set by government commissions and rarely increase as fast as the rate of inflation. 

4. You spend a lot of time talking about your car.

Owning an EV makes you a mini-celebrity, at least among those interested in driving an EV. You’ll get peppered with questions (most of which you’ll be able to answer after reading this article) and all of your friends and family will want a ride.

5. You’ll never want to get in an ICE vehicle again.

When it comes to EVs, you hear a lot about sustainability, cost savings and reliability, but you don’t hear much about EV drivers’ little secret—EVs are fun to drive, with their instant acceleration, low centers of gravity, and stealthy demeanor. Everyone knows that a Tesla is quick, but most EVs are also surprisingly fast! What’s better, all of this driving fun comes in a quiet and environmentally-friendly package. There are other perks too, like preferential parking, access to carpool lanes, and bridge toll discounts. After a few weeks of driving an EV you’ll wonder why you’d ever want to go back.