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EV 101 Series: Learn about electric cars

Sit back and let our EV 101 videos walk you through everything you need to know before buying an electric vehicle. We’ll answer common questions about what it means to own an electric car and what to focus on while shopping.

Electric cars FAQ: What they are and how they work

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 also can operate like gas-electric hybrids when the charge is depleted.
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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 a way to go farther from home. That’s because it’s often more expensive (or can become so without warning). Additionally, fast chargers that can recharge a mostly depleted battery in
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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 heating the interior further reduces range. According to a study by AAA, EVs can lose more than 40% of their range at 20 degrees compared
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Which EVs are eligible for the federal tax credit?

Some new EV and PHEV buyers can receive a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, and used EV buyers can for the first time claim a tax credit of up to $4,000. Better still, you no longer have to wait until you file taxes to claim that credit; instead,
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How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The answer: It depends. Charging an EV could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 hours or more due to numerous variables, such as the EV’s charging capabilities, its battery capacity, the charging equipment’s capabilities and the ambient
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