Know what an EV needs before buying one

Getting started into owning an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid vehicle can seem intimidating, especially when there are so many factors that go into charging your vehicle.

Here are a few ways to avoid common mistakes:

• Know the incentives before you buy. This tip applies to purchasing incentives as well as charging incentives. Knowing your final (post-incentive) price will make your decision easier.

Factor in the reduction in fuel and maintenance costs as well to cover the cost-of-ownership over the upcoming years. Many incentives started phasing out in 2018, and the 2019 national automotive policy is still pending.

• Make sure your home electrical system is ready. Amperage is important when installing a charging point, so make sure that the area in which you plan to put the point can handle the power needed. Check around with electricians to find out how much installation will cost.

• Find charging stations near work and other regular stops. Knowing you have charging options near your job, favourite park (like Desa Park City), or another regular stop (BHPetrol station) will make it easy to get a fast charge.

• Know where the free chargers are. In addition to the many fee-based public stations, there are numerous free options available. Find out where they are in your area and take advantage when the circumstances make sense.

In some cases, car dealerships (Volvo, Mercedes, BMW and Renault) selling your EV model, allow customers to charge for free.

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