Are electric cars the right choice for you?

Posted at 6:38 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 10:45:09-04

(WXYZ) — Electric vehicles have come a very long way. But are they right for your next car purchase? Consumer Reports has what you need to know about the more affordable options, so you don't waste your money!

Electric cars are still far outnumbered by their gasoline-powered cousins, but they're becoming more common and more affordable. Does that mean they're right for you?

When you think of electric car, you may think of Tesla, but as Consumer Reports finds, the alternatives are wider and more competitive than ever before.

A new survey by Consumer Reports says 36-percent of prospective car buyers would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next new car.

Two electric vehicles recommended by Consumer Reports for safety, affordability and cruising range - the Kia Niro and the Chevrolet Bolt.

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

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.

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