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Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Why Go Electric?

Besides not paying for gas, there are many perks to owning an electric vehicle. One major perk? Helping the planet.

4 Main Reasons Why Your Next Car Should Be Electric


1. You'll do the planet good.

By moving to an electric vehicle, you’re helping to create a better world thanks to cleaner emissions. EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, which means lower smog and greenhouse gases. Learn more about clean energy below.

Clean Energy Plan

2. You'll save money.

Electric vehicle charging on average costs less than refueling a car. In addition, you could also earn a tax credit depending on the model of the EV you purchase. For more information, visit our Incentives & Rebates page.

Incentives & Rebates

3. You’ll need less maintenance.

Since electric vehicles don’t have engines and have far fewer mechanical parts, they need a lot less maintenance. You can also forget about needing to replace certain parts too. See how much you could potentially save by switching to an EV below.

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4. You'll absolutely love driving it.

Driving an electric vehicle is fun, fast and quite an electrifying experience! But don’t just take our word for it. Why don’t you see for yourself at one of our Ride-and-Drive events? Book your next ride below.

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Total Cost of Ownership for Electric Vehicles


What to Expect with Maintenance Costs


  • Since electric vehicles don’t have an engine, they don’t require oil, so you can eliminate oil changes — which average between $20 to $100.

  • While EVs generally have longer lasting brake pads, as compared to gas-powered cars, tires are a different story and an important cost consideration. Since EVs are generally heavier than their gas counterparts, the tires tend to wear our faster and can be expensive to replace.

  • Similar to gasoline powered cars and their engines, the battery and motor(s) of an EV are expected to last the lifetime of the vehicle.

  • Some maintenance costs still carry over to an EV such as tire rotations, replacing your windshield wipers, filling up your washer fluid, and replacing air cabin filters.

  • On average, you’ll save around $4,500 on maintenance costs over the life of an EV!*

*Save even more with our Bring Your Own Charger program where you could earn up to 2,500 free miles based on 3 miles/kWh, at $0.132/kWh. Actual results will vary.

Fuel vs. Charging Costs

Currently in the U.S. (as of 2022), gas costs around $5 a gallon, while electric rates are around 16¢ kWh (kilowatt per hour). Let’s plug in these numbers and see how much it would cost for a gas-powered vehicle and an electric vehicle to go 100 miles.

On average, most gas-powered vehicles have a fuel economy of 25.7 miles per gallon. Electric vehicles use an efficiency rating called MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) with 33.7 kWh being the closest measure to one gallon. Most electric vehicles using 33.7 kWh on average will go 97 miles of range.

If we were to take a gas-powered vehicle and an electric vehicle going 100 miles of range, the gas-powered vehicle would use around 3.9 gallons of gas, while an electric vehicle would use around 34.7 kWh.

To calculate the cost of this we’d do the following:

For gas cost: Take 3.9 gallons of gas and multiply by $5.00 For charging cost: Take 34.7 kWh and multiply by 15¢

To see which would be cheapest to go 100 miles of range. Here’s what we’d find the costs to be:

Gas would cost $19.45
Electricity would cost $6.03

What we can determine from the calculation above is that charging is substantially cheaper than gas.

It’s important to note that costs vary with electric charging. For example, charging at a DC Fast Charger station will be the most expensive way to charge an EV because of its convenience to charge quickly. Whereas if you do home charging during nighttime hours, you’ll save the most as most energy companies offer discount rates during this time.

How Insurance Rates Work

Typically, car insurance rates are based on the following:

  • Total cost of the vehicle
  • How expensive repairs might be
  • How the vehicle stands up against accidents

As compared to gas-powered vehicles, electric vehicles are more expensive to buy overall, and they are built with specialized parts that need to be replaced in whole rather than fixed. As a result of this, most electric vehicles are more expensive to insure with costs averaging around $1600 per year, while gas-powered vehicles costs average around $1200 per year.

EV Events: Take a Spin & Ask Questions


Ride-and-Drive Events

Want to try an electric vehicle without the pressure of a salesperson? Now’s the chance! Test drive an electric vehicle free at our Ride-and-Drive events.

EV Coffee Shop Meet Ups

Meet and speak with an EV specialist at our EV Coffee Shop Meet Ups to fully understand what there is to know about electric vehicle ownership.

Other EV Events Coming Soon

Throughout the year, we’ll be putting together more events. Keep an eye out below to find the next upcoming event near you.

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All Upcoming Events Happening in Michigan

Find EV events coming soon to your area below.

Event Description Date/Time Location
Grand Rapids Int’l Auto Show Michigan International Auto Show (showspan.com)

This is the greatest annual opportunity to view your "next new car!" Car manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles - including sedans, vans, SUV's, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show the BEST place to shop and compare options for every day vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or "soon to be released" models! Presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association.
2/2/23
11AM-9:30 PM

2/3/23
11AM-9:30 PM

2/4/23
11AM-9:30PM

2/5/23
10AM-5PM
DeVos Place 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
2023 Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration Celebrate Earth Day 2023 at Central park in Grand Haven at the great Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration. 4/29/2023 Green March 12:30, Earth Day Fair 1-4:00 pm Central Park, Grand Haven 421 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI 49417
Clean Fuels Michigan Capitol Ride & Drive EV Technology Showcase and Ride & Drive - Clean Fuels Michigan

With the goal of educating and promoting EVs to legislators, vendors across the entire electric vehicle supply chain will display their part in the EV revolution. This event will include exhibitor tables and a ride and drive, where legislators will get the chance to drive an electric vehicle and learn more about the industry.
5/9/23
11AM-3PM
Michigan Capitol, 100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI, 48933



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