Transport Evolved Tips: Living With a Limited-Range Electric Car (Video)

As high initial sales for the Chevrolet Bolt EV (the world’s first mass-produced electric car with a range-per charge in excess of 200 miles per charge on the EPA test cycle and an entry-level price tag of under $35,000 before incentives) show, there’s a significant demand for an affordable electric car that can travel more than 200 miles per charge.

There's plenty of life in used, limited-range EVs. You can even climb mountains with them!

There’s plenty of life in used, limited-range EVs. You can even climb mountains with them!

It’s a demand that’s substantially higher than it has ever been for an electric car with a range below 100 miles per charge, showing that many who previously did not view an electric car as viable will now consider one thanks to the reduction in range anxiety a larger-capacity battery pack offers.

But that doesn’t mean a limited-range electric car — one with a range below 70 miles per charge — can’t be a practical first electric car. Indeed, with prices of used electric cars now down to four-digit figures in some markets, it’s possible to pick up a used electric car with a real-world range of between 50 and 70 miles per charge for less than ever before.

And if you’re one of the majority of would-be electric car owners who live in suburbia (or perhaps even out of town in a more rural setting), the chances are just such a car could give you your first taste of driving electric, saving you money in the process that you can (should you choose) put toward that longer-range plug-in of your dreams.

Which is why we’ve come up with this short video explaining how to get the very best out of living with a limited-range, used electric car.

Watch the video above and let us know what you think of it in the Comments below.

 

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  • Phoenix Electric Car Driver

    We agree with the comments, but simply put, knowing the number of miles you drive per day is the key issue. We drive 30 miles a day, charge at home, and as a result rarely use the charging network. If you fit that profile, and most of Americans do, then a low mileage EV car will satisfy most if not all of your driving needs. If one needs to go further, then download Plugshare!

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