For people who are changing over from a gasoline-powered vehicle, ownership of an electric car becomes a lifestyle change. One of the first differences is adapting to the typically limited range of electric cars. Depending on the battery, maximum driving range for an electric car is roughly one-quarter that found on gasoline-powered automobiles. Replenishing the battery is often performed at home or at a sparse amount of electric charging stations found in urban areas. For most electric vehicles, a sufficient full charge can be performed through overnight in a garage or driveway. New rapid charging solutions available on some electric cars (such as the Mitsubishi I-MiEV) dramatically feds up to 80 percent of a battery’s capacity in as little as 15 minutes. While electric cars can be charged through a 110-volt power outlet, faster charging requires the purchase and installation of a separate power management unit. When comparing the cost of electricity used to travel to the price of gasoline for the same distance, an electric car is cheaper to operate. In many areas, fully electric vehicles may be eligible for both state and federal tax credits on the purchase price. To research electric car options such as the Nissan Leaf or Smart fortwo electric drive, please refer to a collection of specifications, prices and reviews.
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