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What are electric cars?

Electric cars, or electric vehicles (EVs) to be more inclusive, are fully electric and rely on batteries for their power. There are plug-in hybrids that act like EVs but can also operate like gas-electric hybrids when the charge is depleted, and
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Are electric cars more efficient than gas-powered cars?

Technically, electric motors are more efficient than gasoline or diesel engines and can provide cheaper operation per mile — but it depends on the cost of electricity and gasoline (or diesel) where you live, and EVs tend to cost more up front. EVs
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Can I use public chargers to charge my electric car?

Public charging should be viewed as an occasional convenience or means to venture past one’s own region. That’s because it’s often more expensive (or can become so without warning), and because even fast charging is usually timed in hours, not
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How do cold temperatures affect electric cars?

Cold is the Achilles’ heel of EVs regardless of make or model. Range can plummet as the battery pack cools, and the occupants sacrifice range further to heat the cabin electrically. According to a AAA study, EVs can lose more than 40% of their range
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Which EVs are eligible for the federal tax credit?

The federal EV tax credit program was overhauled in the summer of 2022 and is much less straightforward than the old plan. While the government still offers a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for EVs and plug-in hybrids, much has changed about
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How long does it take to charge an electric car?

When thinking about buying an electric car, one of the most important things to know is how long it will take to charge. The answer: It depends. Charging an EV could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 hours — or more due to a lot of variables
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