An EV Christmas? Maybe it’s a bit ambitious to want to give the gift of a multi-thousand $$ EV to celebrate the holiday, but wouldn’t it be fun if we could? We’d be sharing a significant piece of a sustainable collective future with someone we love. The idea of a crackling fire, aromas of cinnamon and cider, and glow of a sparkling new fossil fuel free EV outside the window is certainly enough to create a festive holiday spirit!
Having an EV in the yard wrapped with a bow on Christmas morning is still a relatively new phenomenon. When we look at the consumer EV market with an historic lens, we see that the 2011 Nissan Leaf and the 2012 Tesla Model S changed the traditional auto business. Nissan came to represent the needs and wishes of the average car buyer, while Tesla understood that the high-end luxury segment required a nontraditional, manufacturer-direct-to-consumer format. Each company took a different design approach as well. Nissan built a limited range city car that had a moderate price point and restrictive, long charging times. Tesla opted for a combined city/touring car with range, charging capabilities, and the associated premium pricing.
But today, range costs are dropping, and what was once a contingent of strictly combustion engine-powered vehicle manufacturers are now joining the EV momentum. Indeed, it is common to hear daily announcements of new EV commitments, with entire fleets due to be released at the beginning of the next decade.
So we turn to our EV Christmas theme this week. What benefits would you be offering if you were able to give the gift of an EV for Christmas? There are so many ways you’d be making a loved one happy! Let us count the ways:
- lack of particulate exposure;
- freedom from the filmy dirty feeling of gas in the car and in the air;
- no more tedious trips to the gas station;
- low maintenance due to fewer moving parts and less demand for consumables;
- a $50 or more cost for a tank of gas becomes a thing of the past; and
- saving enough money each year to cover the average family’s £645 Christmas expenditures.
Not so sure about that last benefit– the increased savings? Well, click through to the GoUltraLow cost calculator and see for yourself. The new cost calculator tools uses the latest official (NEDC) vehicle test data and points to how electric and hybrid car drivers pay the lowest rates of VED – with no first year rate for an 100% electric vehicle.