TUCSON, Ariz. - A new survey by Consumer Reports says 36% of prospective car buyers would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next new car.
“A lot has to do with pricing,' says Consumer Reports Auto Expert, Jon Linkov. "The price points are much lower, with some of them starting as low as $29,000 before the federal tax credits that are available.”
Two electric vehicles recommended by Consumer Reports for safety, affordability and cruising range - the Kia Niro and the Chevrolet Bolt. But what about distance? How far can electric cars go between charges?
“Many of these newer models have batteries that allow them to travel 200 miles or more on a single charge," says Linkov.
Like the new Tesla Model 3 or the Nissan Leaf. But keep in mind, battery range in electric vehicles decreases when energy is used to run the heater. And consumers will have to recharge cars overnight in order to maximize mileage. Still, Helen is unfazed.
Consumer Reports says overall, consumers will save on maintenance and fuel over a comparable gas-powered car. And about those tax credits most electric vehicles also qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, in addition to some local and state credits.