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[by Ilya Tataurov]

If you’re thinking of buying an Electric Vehicle, you may want to take some things into consideration.

Firstly, I’d like to tell you why electric cars aren’t always the best choice for the environment. For starters, if you have a gas powered vehicle with acceptable mpg (30 or higher) you should definitely stick to it until you absolutely need to get a new car. If you think that getting that new Tesla is a good idea, think twice. For one, producing the car itself releases incredible amounts of CO2 into the environment and could account for more than half the CO2 emissions of a regular car’s lifespan. So, in short, you should NOT give up your car straight for an electric.

The next problem is the electricity that powers the car. You may think that cars that run on electricity are better for the environment that gas. But, while green energy is good, where do you suppose that electricity comes from. The truth is that more than 68% of our electricity comes from burning coal which arguably is worse than gas. So until the world switches to green energy, you should stick with your good old gas powered car.

To sum up, electric car production is harmful to the environment. This means you shouldn’t buy one unless you need it. And secondly, electricity is mostly coal burnt, so while you may think you are using electricity instead of gasoline, in reality, it’s almost as bad as coal and gas.

Here’s where you decide what’s best for you and the environment.

Do you already have a car that works fine?
Do you have a car that is reasonably efficient?
Do you already have a hybrid that partially uses electricity?

If you answered yes to any of those questions I recommend you rethink buying a new electric car, but if you have valid reasons to switch to that new electric, absolutely take it.

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Electric cars are getting cheaper and cheaper and now you can buy new ones for 30k and under. For example, the new 2017 Nissan leaf cost $30,000 MSRP. And here are some cars that I recommend you take a look at:

Tesla Model 3


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Cost: $35,000
The Tesla Model 3 is a sensation in the electric car scene. Getting 400,000 pre-orders all while just showing a pre-production model, no other automaker has ever pulled off anything quite like this. Previous versions of similar models cost upwards of $100,000 and now a new car with incredible attributes now at a base price of $35,000. It guarantees a range of 215 miles per charge, this alone can make the car incredible. Despite its aggressive sporty look, its all electric engine outperforms many gas cars, with a zero to 60 of less than 6 seconds and while not released, we know this is no slouch at speed and performance.

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The technology packed into the electric is also on par. With one of the most advanced autopilots in the industry, it really changes the fundamentals of a car. It can independently from human interaction switch lanes, read speed limits, and navigate off ramps and even stop by itself if it feels like a collision may occur, all without human input. It has a large TV like display in the front with basic controls and navigation. maxresdefault
This is a highly respected company which uses no money whatsoever on advertising and a product most definitely worth a look.2f0d63f22973f288f107d2a12984858e.jpg

Nissan Leaf


hmgyfn.jpgCost: $30,680

Is a car with a nice interior that is a good all rounder with a decent mileage per charge for the price. It features a 107 HP engine with a fully electric drivetrain which means no sound from the engine. Here are some specs:

  • 30kWh Li-ion Battery
  • Start-stop
  • 107 Mile charge
  • Heated seats
  • Spacious interior

As you can see this vehicle is a good family car with its nice interior and all electric drive train. With the relatively small range, its most effective in a city but can work on road trips if you have charging stations available to charge up.

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Electric cars Charging in Iowa City

Location: 1914 8th St., Coralville, IA 52241 (Right by Hy-vee)

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Notes:
This is an exclusive High power station and the closest next one is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This was a set of 8 superchargers built as an official “Tesla Supercharger”.

Even though there are no other superchargers in the area, there are still plenty of ways for you to charge that new Model 3. For example, you could obviously set up a charging station in your own garage. Another option is to use publicly accessible outlets found all over the city to charge your car while you are at work, school, of just out for coffee. Here is a map of some outlets:

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