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Nine Outstanding Electric Vehicles Cheaper than a Tesla in 2022

With consumer prices on the rise, from fuel to groceries to vehicles, more people are considering EVs. According to cars.com, electric vehicle searches were up 173% in March. The only problem is the prices of EVs are also rising. Tesla recently announced an increase of as much as 10% on all of its vehicles, with the base Model 3 now starting at $46,990 for the RWD. Teslas are also not eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit. The Model 3 was one of the cheapest electric vehicles when it was initially released, but now with the federal tax credit out of the picture and other manufacturers rolling out new models, there are many more affordable options.

If car shoppers are looking to save money by purchasing an electric vehicle, it’s hard to justify spending nearly $50,000. In general, EVs will cost more than gas-powered cars upfront, but you save throughout the life of the vehicle on maintenance and gas. Luckily there are still many EV options for cars and SUVs under $40k with tax incentives and rebates. Below is a list of the cheapest electric vehicles in 2022.

Nissan Leaf (Starting at $27,400)*

The Nissan Leaf tops our list of most affordable EVs, starting at $27,400. The 2022 Nissan Leaf comes in 5 different trim levels with ranging features, batteries, and performance, all available for under $40k. Nissan EVs are also eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, making it even more affordable amongst all of the cheapest electric vehicles. All Nissan Leaf EV trims are Front Wheel Drive.

TrimPrice StartingRangeHorsepower
Nissan Leaf S$27,400149mi147
Nissan Leaf SV$28,800149mi147
Nissan Leaf S Plus$32,400226mi214
Nissan Leaf SV Plus$35,400215mi214
Nissan Leaf SL Plus$37,400215mi214
*Prices don’t include a $7,500 eligible federal tax credit

Chevy Bolt Car and SUV (Starting at $31,995)

The 2022 Chevy Bolt is offered as a car (EV) or SUV (EUV), with prices starting at $31,995 for the EV 1LT. Aside from the slight difference in range and acceleration, both versions are very similar. Each vehicle seats five and has the same cargo capacity. The SUV can tow a bit more, weighs in about 100 pounds heavier, and offers more premium features. The Chevy EVs are not eligible for the federal tax credit, but if you are on a budget, all options are available for under $40k, making it still one of the cheapest electric vehicles in 2022.

TrimPrice StartingTypeRange0-60 mph
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT$31,995Car2596.5 seconds
Chevrolet Bolt EV 2LT$33,995Car2596.5 seconds
Chevrolet Bolt EUV LT$35,195SUV2477 seconds
Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier$38,495SUV2477 seconds
Chevrolet EVs are not eligible for a federal tax credit

2023 Mini Electric Hardtop (Starting at $29,900)*

The 2023 model year Mini Electric Hardtops are now available and come in three trim levels, Signature, Signature Plus, and Iconic. Each promise an estimated battery range of 110 miles with 181HP and 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. All Mini Electric Hardtops are eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, bringing the effective starting price down to $22,400 for the Signature model. The primary difference in trims comes down to features and cosmetic upgrades such as paint color, moonroof, or upholstery. If you include the tax credit, the Mini Electric Hardtop is one of the cheapest electric vehicles on the market today.

TrimPrice Starting*Panoramic MoonroofCustom PaintChoice of 16″ or 17″ wheels
Mini Electric Hardtop Signature$29,900
Mini Electric Hardtop Signature Plus$33,900Y
Mini Electric Hardtop Iconic$36,900YYY
*Prices not including $7,500 eligible federal tax credit

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV (Starting at $34,000)*

The Hyundai Kona Electric is the cheapest SUV on our list, with the base trim (SEL) starting at $34,000 and eligible for the federal tax credit, giving it an effective price of $26,500. The tax credit makes this SUV even more affordable and a great option for families. This SUV is cheaper than the Chevy Bolt EUV, even without the tax credit.

Both vehicle options offer all of the same battery and performance capabilities (range, charge time, acceleration, etc.) Other than some minor exterior differences like LED headlights, the biggest difference between the SEL and Limited is the Limited comes standard with more premium infotainment and interior features. This makes the Kona Electric SEL a great all-around electric SUV option at under $30k, without sacrificing performance or battery capabilities.

TrimPrice Starting*Range0-60 mphTop SpeedDrive Type
Hyundai Kona Electric SEL$34,000258mi7.6 sec104 mphFWD
Hyundai Kona Electric Limited$42,500258mi7.6 sec104 mphFWD
*Prices not including $7,500 eligible federal tax credit

Kia Niro EX SUV (Starting at $39,990)*

The Kia Niro EX SUV price starts just under $40k, but with the federal tax credit, it brings it down to $32,490. The Niro is Kia’s cheapest EV option and sacrifices a bit on performance compared to the EV6 models. One benefit is that it is AWD and gets a respectable 239-mile battery range with a top speed of 96 mph and 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds. The Kia Niro EX is definitely not the fastest or most powerful Electric SUV, but it still receives great all-around ratings for what it offers at a more affordable price range.

Volkswagen ID.4 SUV (Starting at $41,230)*

The Volkswagen ID.4 is offered in Pro and Pro S trims, with each available in RWD or AWD. As with most other EVs under $50k, you’ll get better performance with AWD but slightly less range. The Volkswagen EVs are still eligible for the federal tax credit, so the ID.4 Pro will cost only $33,250 if you include the rebate.

The Pro S offers more premium features like panoramic roof, power liftgate, interior ambient lighting, power-folding door mirrors, leatherette seating surfaces, and a 2″ larger display. If these features aren’t as important, then the Pro is a well-rounded electric SUV and one of the cheapest electric vehicles available.

TrimPrice Starting*RangeDrive Type
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro$41,230260miRWD
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro AWD$44,440249miAWD
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S$45,730250miRWD
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro AWD$48,940240miAWD
*Prices not including $7,500 eligible federal tax credit

Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV (Starting at $43,650)*

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the beginning of Hyundai’s new EV series. The Ioniq model is available in 3 trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. All 3 trims are available as either RWD or AWD. The Ioniq 5 SE is the entry-level trim, with an effective price after a $7,500 federal tax credit of $36,150. You can save more by opting for the RWD option that gets better range but sacrifices performance.

The higher-end trims start to become more expensive and above our ideal affordable price range, but are included for comparisons. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE RWD is a great electric SUV option, especially for families, with its ample cargo space, a 300+ mile range, and under $40k after federal tax credit.

TrimPrice StartingRangeDrive Type0-60 mph
Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE$43,650303miRWD7.3 sec
Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE$47,150256miAWD5.1 sec
Hyundai Ioniq 5 SEL$45,900303miRWD7.3 sec
Hyundai Ioniq 5 SEL$49,400256miAWD5.1 sec
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited$50,600303miRWD7.3 sec
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited$54,100256miAWD5.1 sec
*Prices not including $7,500 eligible federal tax credit

Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD SUV (Starting at $43,895)*

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E price ranges all the way up to nearly $70k for the most premium models. But, if you are on a budget and still want a piece of the brand-new Ford Mustang EV, the entry-level model Mach-E Select – Standard Range – RWD can be purchased for just $43,895 before federal tax credit. The $7,500 federal tax credit would bring the effective price under $40k, at $36,395.

Performance rates as average, with a 0-60 mph acceleration at 5.8 seconds and 266 Horsepower. The battery range is similar to the Polestar 2, with an estimated 247 miles EPA. The effective price tag under $40k allows the Ford Mustang Mach-E to make our list of cheapest electric vehicles in 2022.

Polestar 2 Single Motor (Starting at $45,900)*

The 2022 Polestar 2 comes in Sigle Motor or Dual Motor, both All-Wheel Drive. Polestar is the EV branch of Volvo, so its branding may be familiar to fans of Volvo’s performance division. The Polestar 2 Single Motor is the entry-level version with a 265-mile range, starting at $45,900 and eligible for the $7,500 federal tax rebate. This gives it an effective price of $38,400, making it one of the cheapest electric vehicles in 2022. The dual-motor version offers better performance but less range at 249 miles and a steeper price at $49,900.

TrimPrice Starting*Range0-60mphTop Speed
Polestar 2 Single Motor$45,900265mi7 seconds99 mph
Polestar 2 Dual Motor$49,900249mi4.5 seconds127 mph
*Prices not including $7,500 eligible federal tax credit

Conclusion

It is an exciting time in the electric vehicle industry, with more and more models coming out every year. As a result, that means more options for buyers to compare and research. If you are still unsure of where to start in your EV search journey, give our Vehicle Search tool a try, and we’ll offer personalized EV recommendations based on your specific needs.

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Polestar is Turning Heads with Exciting Lineup of Electric Vehicles Ahead

Polestar is the independent Swedish premium electric performance car brand founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding. Polestar takes advantage of its partnership with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result.

The electric vehicle manufacturer is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and retails its vehicles in ten global markets across Europe and North America and in China.

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Polestar
Founded:1996
CEO:Thomas Ingenlath
Employees:800
Headquarters:Gothenburg, Sweden
Manufacturing:Chengdu, China
IPO:TBD
Models:Polestar 2
Federal Tax Credit Eligibility:Yes
Polestar Facts

Polestar Mission Statement

We aim to improve the society we live in by accelerating the change to sustainable mobility.

Polestar commitment

History of Polestar

The history of Polestar goes back to 1996, where a company called Flash Engineering competed in Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) as a Swedish racing team. Polestar Racing later purchased and rebranded the team and began engineering their own racing Volvos in the late 2000s. Eventually, Volvo bought the company and brand in 2015, when Polestar became the performance team for Volvo.

A History of Performance and Racing

Up until 2009, Polestar was heavily involved in racing. But, in 2006, Polestar began to branch out from racing and began helping Volvo train their new mechanics. They also created training equipment for mechanic schools. In 2007, Polestar began supplying Volvo cars to schools and helping introduce new business methods to dealers.

In 2008, Volvo asked Polestar to develop the model C30 into a race-worthy vehicle. The vehicle didn’t break any records in the STCC season, but this marked the beginning of a new era for Polestar’s relationship with Volvo. Polestar officially left the race scene in 2009 and shifted its focus to performance upgrades for civilian Volvos.

Polestar 1 – A New Beginning

Polestar got its start in the electric vehicle space with its plug-in hybrid luxury sports car, named Polestar 1. The hybrid was based on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe and is Polestar’s first production model as a car company. It entered production in 2019 after being announced in Beijing in 2017.

2021 will be the last year for the luxury hybrids as Polestar looks ahead to a future of all-electric vehicles for the Swedish manufacturer.

Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China

polestar production centre
Chengdu, China

The Polestar Production Centre opened in August 2019 in Chengdu, China. The manufacturing plant aims to achieve Gold status in the internationally recognized LEED ratings.

Designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, the facility depicts the next level of automotive manufacturing. The plant focuses on energy-efficient buildings, efficient land usage, as well as employee wellbeing.

Where did Polestar get its name?

The team owner, Christian Dahl, changed the name to Polestar to “represent the frozen north of Sweden with the pole star and also playing on the connection to pole position and star of racing.”

Polestar Current and Future Vehicles

Polestar 2

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The Polestar 2 is a worthy competitor to the Tesla Model 3

The Polestar 2 is Polestar’s first fully electric model. Revealed in February 2019, Polestar 2 is a premium electric vehicle that brings a Swedish style to the compact electric segment.

Polestar 2 Notable Features

  • Price: Starting at $45,900* before Federal Tax Credit Applied
  • Towing Capacity: Up to 2,000lbs
  • Long Range Single Motor: up to 270 miles, 231 hp, 0-60 mph in 7 sec
  • Long Range Dual Motor (+$4,000): up to 249 miles, 408 hp, 0-60 mph in 4.5 sec
  • Infotainment: Google built-in
  • Autopilot: Safety Assistance driver aids

What else is coming for Polestar?

Polestar product range to include 5 EVs by 2024

Polestar O₂

Star in your own movie with the deployable drone in Polestar O₂

The Polestar O2 is an all-electric, performance hard-top convertible that continues on from the Precept concept. It comes with its very own deployable moviemaking drone to capture all your experiences as a driver.

Polestar 3 SUV

Polestar 3 teaser December 2021 | Source: Polestar

The Polestar 3 will be Polestar’s first all-electric and is expected to hit the US market in 2022. The vehicle will be manufactured alongside other Volvo vehicles in Charleston, South Carolina. This shows Polestar’s competitive advantage with significant industrial and financial synergies with Volvo. Polestar COO Dennis Nobelius explains:

Production in the USA reduces delivery times as well as the environmental impact associated with shipping vehicles around the world. It will even have a positive impact on the price of Polestar 3. All of this makes the brand even more competitive in the critical American sales market.

“We will build in America for Americans,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “Polestar 3 is planned to be launched in 2022 as a premium electric performance SUV that will define the look of SUVs in the electric age. It will also be the first Polestar vehicle to be built in America.”

Polestar 4

The Polestar 4 will be the company’s second electric SUV released. It is expected to rival the Tesla Model Y as a higher volume coupe-SUV. The Polestar 4 is not expected to reach dealers before late 2023. The expected price is set to begin at around $63,000 USD.

Polestar Precept (Polestar 5)

Polestar Precept and Thomas Ingenlath at Beijing motor show 2020

The Polestar Precept, announced in early 2020 as a concept vehicle, is planned to launch in 2024. We don’t know much about the futuristic concept car, but it will compete with the Porsche Taycan, the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS.

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Lucid: The history and future of the luxury EV Tesla competitor

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Lucid Motors
Founded:2007
Founders:Bernard Tse and Sam Weng
Employees2,000+
Headquarters:Newark, California
Manufacturing:Casa Grande, Arizona
IPO:July 26th, 2021
Models:Air
Federal Tax Credit Eligibility:Yes
Lucid Facts

Lucid Mission Statement

To inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, centered around the human experience.

History of Lucid

Lucid began back in 2007 under the name Atieva, and originally focused on developing battery systems and powertrains for various types of electric vehicles.  As Atieva, Lucid valued high performance, safe, and durable batteries for motorcycles, sedans, vans, and buses.  Eventually, it had amassed over 50 patents related to is core battery systems in the US alone.

Formerly Atieva

By 2013, the well-established battery company set its sights on larger goals… building a complete electric vehicle.  Shortly after, in 2014, Lucid secured a 9-digit funding round to push them toward their dream.

Two years later, in 2016, the company officially rebranded itself as Lucid Motors.  That same year, plans were announced to construct Lucid’s $700 million AMP-1 manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. 

Throughout the next few years, Lucid focused on building their factory, acquiring additional funding, and engineering and testing of their first vehicle, the Lucid Air. 

Lucid’s AMP-1 Manufacturing Factory

Lucid AMP-1 Factor

Lucid names their flagship factory AMP-1 after the acronym for Advanced Manufacturing Plant. The factory is planned to be developed in phases, where phase 1 completed in November of 2020.  The phased approach and design of the manufacturing plant allows Lucid to scale their factory as demand and production increases, allowing the EV company to meet future demands. 

Planning for phase 2 of the AMP-1 facility is already in progress.  The expansion will provide more real estate for Lucid to build its upcoming Gravity SUV and increase production capacity to 90,000.

Eventually, Lucid plans to have four total phases for its facility in Casa Grande totaling an estimated 5.1 million square feet with an eventual output of 400,000 vehicles per year. 

Lucid Manufacturing

In addition to AMP-1, Lucid also has a powertrain factory a few miles away.  This is where the automaker manufactures other components such as modules, battery packs, inverters, drive units, and wunderboxes (Lucid’s proprietary charging units.)

Production of the all-electric Lucid Air luxury sedans began at AMP-1 in September 2021, with deliveries starting in late October.  Lucid planned to produce 20,000 vehicles in the first year, but that was cut nearly in half due to supply chain issues following the COVID pandemic.

Where did Lucid get its name?

When the EV company began working with Lexicon branding to help find a name to replace former company name Atieva.  The mission was simple: “We don’t want it to sound like a car.” 

Lexicon worked with their internal teams to find the right name for a company whose mission was to “amaze customers through outstanding performance, beauty, space, and intelligence.”  Finally, after reviewing dozens of potential names, the one that stood out the most was Lucid. 

According to Eric Jackson of Lexicon, “The name does everything we wanted… It certainly does not sound like a car, but gives you a sense of innovation and intelligence which is what Atieva is all about.”

Lucid’s Vision

Lucid aims to develop cars that inspire both the heart and the mind, removing the compromise between an extraordinary experience and responsibility for our planet. 

With their first vehicle, the Air, the electric car company is focusing on the high-end electric vehicle category, with luxury features and long-range battery technology.

How many employees does Lucid have?

In 2022, Lucid has over 3,000 employees, according to reports, with that number expected to double by 2024.

Notable Investors

Tsing Capital, Misui, Venrock, JAFCO.

Lucid Current and Future Vehicles

Lucid Air

Lucid Air 2022 Exterior

The first prototype of the Lucid Air was first unveiled in 2016, with production scheduled to being upon completion of the Casa Grande factory.  Eventually, the Air prototype began to turn heads when it beat a Tesla Model S head-to-head in a quarter-mile race, clocking in at 9.9 seconds. 

After years of engineering, the Air earned MotorTrend Car of the Year award in 2022, recognized by its unrivaled combination of efficiency, performance, and luxury with EV powertrain technology developed and manufactured entirely in-house.

Lucid Air 2022

Some notable features that come standard or are optionally available for most Air models:

Design
  • Largest frunk and glass canopy
Performance
  • Up to 1,111 max power
  • Up to 520 miles range
  • DreamDrive advanced driver assistance system
Connectivity
  • 34-inch 5K Glass Cockpit display
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • 21-speaker Surreal Sound system
  • Alexa-enabled voice commands
Charging
  • 20 minutes approximately for 300-mile charge
  • Ultrafast 900V+ charging system
  • 2,400+ chargers through Electrify America
  • Bi-directional charging capabilities
Lucid Air Interior

The Lucid Air will eventually be available in 4 model trims: Dream Edition, Grand Touring, Touring, and Pure. 

Lucid Air Dream Edition

Lucid Motors is no longer taking reservations for the exclusive Dream Edition.  These were limited edition models that came in Performance and Range versions. 

These limited production models celebrate the launch of the Lucid Air — and the start of the Lucid vision for advancing luxury electric vehicles. Lucid claims they may never produce another Lucid Air quite like it but are still accepting reservations for the waitlist.

Lucid Air Grand Touring, Touring, Pure

The Grand Touring is the next highest end version of the Air, followed by the Touring and Pure as the base model.

 Dream PerformanceDream RangeGrand TouringTouringPure
MotorsDual Motor, AWDDual Motor, AWDDual Motor, AWDDual Motor, AWDSingle Motor, RWD
Optional Dual Motor, AWD
Power (Total)1,111 hp933 hp800 hp620 hp480 hp
Torque (Total)1000+ Nm1000+ Nm   
0-60 MPH2.5 seconds2.7 seconds3.0 seconds3.2 secondsN/A
Top Speed168 mph168 mph168 mph  
TiresSpecially developed Pirelli P-Zero:
245/35” (F) and 265/35 21” (R) 19” optional
Specially developed Pirelli P-Zero:
245/45 19” (F&R)
21” optional
21” Aero Blade
20” Aero Lite 19” Aero Range
21” Aero Blade
20” Aero Lite 19” Aero Range
20” Aero Lite 19” Aero Range
System Voltage924V924V   
RangeUp to 471 milesUp to 520 milesUp to 516 milesUp to 406 milesUp to 406 miles
Price$169,000$169,000From $139,000From $95,000From $77,000
*Prices do not include fees, taxes, rebates, federal tax credit, or local/government incentives

Project Gravity

Project Gravity is Lucid’s future luxury SUV and is scheduled to arrive in 2024. Currently, not much is known about the future SUV, but some prototypes and teasers have been released. You can join the waitlist here.

Lucid Project Gravity

What else is Lucid working on?

Batteries

As earlier mentioned, Lucid got its start as a high-performance battery company, helping to give it a head start on the claim for longest range battery for all EVs. 

The Lucid Air is the first electric vehicle to break the 500-mile barrier for EV range, with the EPA giving the official certification in September 2021.  The EPA officially certified ranges of 516 and 520 miles for two “Dream Edition” versions of the 2022 Lucid Air.  

Using a 900-volt battery, while the industry standard had been 400 volts, allowed Lucid to eventually reduce the size and weight of many electrical components, and propel it to the industry leader in range. 

Lucid battery

Charging

Lucid Motors partnered with Electrify America to use their nationwide charging network for recharging Lucid’s electric vehicles.  The Lucid Air can add an impressive 300 miles of distance on a 20-minute charge.  In January 2022, Lucid pleased its customers when it announced an additional 3-year unlimited free charging offer for new Lucid customers, on the Electrify America network.

Lucid History with Saudi Arabia

Going back to September of 2018, when Lucid Motors was still seeking funding to get production going, they announced that they were in talks with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) regarding a funding investment of over $1 billion.

Lucid used this funding to help complete the final engineering and testing of the Lucid Air model, fund the phase 2 of AMP-1, begin commercial production of Lucid Air, and build out their retail strategy.  The deal was completed in April of 2019.

Lucid Motors HQ

The long-term relationship between Lucid and PIF finally materialized into an agreement to begin operations in Saudi Arabia.

Agreements were announced by Lucid in February 2022 to eventually bring their advanced automotive manufacturing to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia to address global demand, after years of rumors surrounding Lucid building a plant in Saudi Arabia. 

Lucid plans to establish operations at KAEC for re-assembly of Lucid Air vehicle “kits” that are pre-manufactured at the company’s Casa Grande facility in Arizona, and over time, for production of complete vehicles.  The company plans to manufacture up to 150,000 vehicles per year at the KAEC facility.  Construction is expected to start in early 2022. 

“The U.S. government welcomes Saudi Arabia’s effort to diversify its economy and fight climate change,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong, the head of the U.S. Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “This announcement shows it can do both, through partnership and engagement with innovative American companies.”

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Who is Rivian? Everything You Need to Know About the EV Company

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Rivian
Founded:2009
Employees:11,500+
Founder:RJ Scaringe
HeadquartersIrvine, CA
Plants:Normal, IL
*Atlanta, GA coming 2024
IPO:Novermber 10, 2021
Models:R1T
R1S
Rivian Facts

History of Rivian

Rivian

Rivian Mission Statement

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. We believe there is a more responsible way to explore the world and are determined to make the transition to sustainable transportation an exciting one. We designed our emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles to challenge what’s possible.

Who Founded Rivian?

The electric vehicle company, Rivian, was originally founded in 2009 as “Mainstream Motors” by CEO Robert “RJ” Scaringe.  Scaringe, born in 1983, grew up a car enthusiast, restoring cars in his neighbor’s garage.  His father, also Robert Scaringe, is an engineer and founded Mainstream Engineering Corporation.

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe
Rivian Founder RJ Scaringe

RJ grew up in Melbourne, Florida, graduated college with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.  After that, he received a master’s in mechanical engineering at Masachusetts Institute of Technology and then a doctorate in mechanical engineering at MIT’s Sloan Automotive Lab. 

RJ had a passion for the outdoors, as he would drive for miles out into nature to hike. Eventually, he realized he was only contributing to the pollution of the environment he was so passionate about preserving, which resulted into his pursuit into a new EV company, Rivian.

Where did Rivian get its name?

The name Rivian is a play on words, derived from the Indian River in Florida, where RJ spent much of his youth in his rowboat. 

Rivian’s Story

Rivian Cars

Rivian aims to electrify trucks and SUVs, claiming they are often the most-polluting vehicles on the road, and would like to cater to a market who enjoys being active and outdoors, and requires a ride that can handle all types of terrains while hauling gear and loved ones effortlessly.

In 2011, Rivian unveiled it’s first prototype, a sporty coupe, but shortly afterwards, decided to pursue a larger impact on the automotive industry, As a result, they scrapped the coupe.

After that, Rivian began working exclusively on electric autonomous vehicles in 2015 after receiving a large investment from backers.  In 2017, Rivian acquired former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, Illinois. 

Rivian Plant Normal IL
Rivian Manufacturing Plant in Normal, IL

Rivian unveiled the R1T truck and R1S SUV at the LA Auto Show in 2018 with production set to begin in 2020.

How many employees does Rivian have?

Rivian Employees

the EV company Rivian had 250 employees at the start of 2018. Then, that number jumped to 750 by February 2019. In 2022, Rivian employs more than 11,500 employees across facilities in Michigan, Illinois, California and the UK, and is continually looking to bring on new talent.

Notable Investors

Ford Motor Company, Cox Automotive, T. Rowe Price, and Amazon, along with Amazon through its Climate Pledge Fund, a fund that manages their investments for the Climate Pledge Initiative.

What electric vehicles does Rivian produce?

Ford initially invested heavily in Rivian and planned to co-develop an electric vehicle, but that plan ended in 2021, partially due to the pandemic fallout.  Meanwhile, Ford announced they would still retain a 12 percent stake in Rivian.

In comes Amazon

In 2021, Amazon announced that it owned a 22% stake in Rivian.  Additionally, they are working together to build a fleet of electric delivery vans. 

Amazon Delivery Vans

Amazon and EV company Rivian agreed to partner on a contract to produce 100,000 electric vans by 2030.  These vans, with an estimated 200+ mile range, are set to be built exclusively for Amazon.  Amazon expects to have 10,000 electric delivery vans on the road by the end of 2022.  Some have already been spotted out in the wild.

Rivian R1T Pickup Truck

Rivian R1T Pickup Truck
Rivian R1T Truck

The Rivian R1T pickup truck is one of the first electric pickup trucks on the market, with deliveries beginning in 2021. The truck earned Motor Trend Truck of the year honors for 2022.

Battery range is estimated at between 260-400+ miles depending on the battery packs (large or standard) and motor (dual or quad).  

The AWD R1T seats 5 and can tow up to 11,000 lbs, with a 0-60 mph time as quick as 3 seconds depending on configuration

The R1T is made from aluminum alloy, ultra high-strength steel and carbon fiber to give it enhanced safety features and ratings. 

The truck also offers a range of driver assistance features that come standard on every Rivian vehicle. It is also known for it’s ample storage and features, including the much publicized gear tunnel.

Rivian R1T

The truck currently comes in 3 packages, Explore, Adventure, and Launch Edition. But, the Launch Edition reservations are currently closed.  Prices range from $67,500 for the Explore package up to $85,000 or more for the Launch (Price increases announced in March 2022).

Rivian R1S SUV

Rivian R1S
Rivian R1S

The Rivian R1S SUV shares the same proprietary skateboard platform chassis as the R1T, but offers more room for seating and cargo than the R1T.

Battery range is estimated at between 260-320+ miles depending on the battery packs (large or standard) and motor (dual or quad).  

The AWD R1S offers 3 rows of seating for up to 7 passengers, and can tow up to 7,700 lbs, with a 0-60 mph time as quick as 3 seconds depending on configuration

The R1S is made from aluminum alloy, ultra high-strength steel, and carbon fiber, giving it enhanced safety features and ratings.  It also offers a range of driver assistance features that come standard on every Rivian vehicle. 

Rivian R1S

The SUV currently comes in 3 packages, Explore, Adventure, and Launch Edition. But, the Launch Edition reservations are currently closed.  Prices range from $72,500 for the Explore package up to $90,000 or more for the Launch.

What else is Rivian working on?

Rivian is not only focusing on developing vehicles, but also software, charging solutions and services “designed to help increase uptime and lower operating costs while helping businesses achieve ambitious sustainability goals.”

In 2021, the EV company Rivian announced plans to develop a network of public charging stations across the US and Canada by 2023 to compete with Tesla’s supercharger network.  They plan to offer a combination of fast chargers, slower destination chargers, and home chargers.  They are also targeting chargers at various state parks and recreation areas, with some installations already complete in Moab, Utah and Radnor Lake State Park in Tennessee.

Is Rivian planning to expand?

In December 2021, Rivian announced its next manufacturing plant will begin development in Morgan and Walton Counties, east of Atlanta.  Construction begins in summer of 2022, and start of production is slated for 2024. 

Rivian IPO

There have also been rumors in the past of Rivian building a factory in the UK, but those talks have yet to substantiate.  However, it does seem likely a deal will eventually be struck for the EV company Rivian to start a plant in Europe, with multiple countries vying for the EV maker’s factory

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Buying New vs Used Electric Cars – Everything You Need to Know

The choice to buy new vs used is one of the biggest considerations you’ll make when shopping for your next car.  But, what about the choice to buy used electric cars? Are there additional considerations to factor in? What about a used electric car vs used gas powered vehicle? 

We’ll address these questions, plus some pros and cons for buying a used electric car.

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Used Electric Car vs Used Gas Powered Vehicle

If you are shopping for a car, and haven’t decided between electric vs gas powered, there are many great reasons to consider electric for your next vehicle.  First, owning an electric vehicle can save you time with less trips to the gas station, and to the repair shop

You can also save money by not paying for gas, and with less frequent maintenance visits.  But, you’ll first want to research charging costs in your area to find out how much you can save.  Also, consider various electric car charging methods and options by checking out our in-depth guide on all electric car charging options.  If you are concerned about the environment, you may consider the benefits of electric car emissions vs gas powered vehicle emissions.

Used Electric Car vs New Electric Car

If you have already decided that you want an electric car for your next vehicle, but are now debating between new vs used, we will go over some pros and cons of each, and some additional considerations and tips for buying used electric cars.

Pros and Cons to Buying Used

Used Electric Cars – Pros

Save More by Buying Used Electric Cars

The primary reason to buy used generally comes down to cost savings. How much value you can get compared to what a new vehicle will cost.  Electric cars usually have higher depreciation rates than gas powered cars, according to a recent report from iSeeCars.  This can provide a great value opportunity for certain used electric vehicles. According to their research, electric cars lose about 52% of their value after 3 years, compared to 39.1% for gas powered sedans, 39.7% for gas powered SUVs, and 34.3% for gas powered trucks.  An exception is Tesla, which depreciate much less than all other electric vehicles.

Used Electric Vehicle Average Depreciation
Car(s)% 3-Year Depreciation
Electric Cars52%
Gas Powered Sedans39.1%
Gas Powered SUVs39.7%
Gas Powered Trucks34.3%
  
Tesla Model S36.3%
Tesla Model X33.9%
Tesla Model 310.2%
Source: iSeeCars

Electric vehicles depreciate faster over other vehicles because resale value factors in the $7,500 federal tax credit that was used to purchase the vehicle as new.  This may start to change, as the tax credits begin to phase out. 

Also, the technology is still changing rapidly and can get quickly outdated.  Consumers are also worried about lack of charging infrastructure for used electric vehicles that aren’t Teslas. 

Battery degradation is also a large factor in depreciation, as many used vehicles may see their range drop to 50-70 miles per charge.  Teslas depreciate much less, mostly due to supply and demand, more frequent software updates, trusted battery life, and their established charging network. 

If you are in the market for an electric vehicle, you may find great value from buying used.  And, if you buy a used Tesla, at least you’ll know it should hold its value well compared to other vehicles. 

Buying Used Electric Cars is Better for the Environment

While electric vehicles have been shown to produce less CO2 emissions over their lifecycle vs gasoline cars, it is no secret that the production or a new electric vehicle still requires about the same (or slightly more) carbon footprint as a new gas powered vehicle.  Buying a used electric car can help limit emissions from new car production.

Easier to Evaluate Used Car Condition

The battery in an electric car is like the engine for a conventional vehicle.  The only moving part in an electric vehicle is the rotor, while the gas-powered car has a gas tank, gas pump, gas engine, alternator, transmission, carburetor, etc. 

Teslas electric motors, for example, have 2 moving parts and single speed transmissions that have no gears.  Teslas says its drivetrain has about 17 moving parts compared with about 200 in a conventional internal combustion drivetrain. The battery health is an important factor to assess when buying a used electric car, but besides the battery, there isn’t much left to consider other than typical brakes, tires etc.

Used Electric Cars – Cons

Electric Vehicle Battery Degradation

As with most batteries, they degrade over time, and that is not any different with electric car batteries.  Remaining battery life is something to consider when buying a used electric car and can generally be checked by running a diagnostic to see the distance the vehicle will get on a full charge.  Battery degradation varies drastically based on many situations, so it is best to check the battery life on the used vehicle before purchasing.

Technology Rapidly Changing

The electric car technology is rapidly advancing year by year, with improving batteries, infotainment and other features, sensors, software updates, etc.  Electric cars are more susceptible to technology getting outdated more quickly, and many consumers want the latest and greatest.    

More Limited Choices

As most auto manufacturers begin ramping up production of new electric vehicles, consumers will have many more choices than they had five years ago.  But until some of these newer makes and models start to hit the market, used electric car choices remain limited.  Also, you’ll likely have to make a few sacrifices with customizations if you choose to buy used.

Not Eligible for Electric Vehicle Federal Tax Credits

Other than Tesla, most manufacturers are still eligible for the $7,500 EV federal tax credit, for now.  But, this only applies to new vehicles, and is not applicable to second hand vehicles.  This is a rapidly changing situation, however, as many manufacturers begin to use up their credits.  Also, Congress continues to propose bills that would alter or eliminate the federal tax credits for many consumers in the U.S.   

Depending on where you live, you may be eligible to local government rebates and other tax incentives.  For example, New Jersey offers a point-of-sale incentive of up to $5,000 on electric vehicles with over 200 miles that cost under $45,000. There are many state and local incentives, so check your local regulations to see if you can save even more money.

Ready to Buy a Used Electric Car?

Here are 9 tips to prepare you for your used electric car shopping journey.

  1. Decide where to charge it and how much range you will need.
  2. Understand that not all electric cars charge at the same rate, and that there are various charging methods.
  3. Check the title from a source like Carfax or AutoCheck for any accident or damage history.
  4. Run a battery check to get a detailed report on charging capacity, battery health and use the estimated range as a bargaining chip.
  5. Ask if the battery has been replaced and if there is any remaining battery warranty.
  6. Ask about maintenance history.
  7. Research government and utility incentives
  8. Look for all charging accessories for the vehicle.  Most electric vehicles come with the charging cables, so check to make sure those are included.
  9. Negotiate to include charger.  If the previous owner is upgrading, or won’t be needing their old charger, see if they would be willing to include that for a discount as well.

Still not sure what electric car to buy?  We can show you how to narrow down your list and how to find the right electric vehicle for your lifestyle.

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How to Find the Electric Vehicle that Fits Your Lifestyle

So you’ve decided to buy an electric vehicle for your next purchase, and don’t know where to start?

If shopping for a new car wasn’t difficult enough, now we need to learn about everything that goes into owning an electric vehicle (battery distance, charge time, electricity costs, etc.) and may not know where to start. Follow these steps to find the electric vehicle that fits your lifestyle.

Buying a new electric car doesn’t have to be daunting.  For many, buying a car is one of the largest purchases you will make, so understanding how to shop for your next vehicle is important to help save you time and stress throughout your shopping journey.

“Narrow down your shopping list”

How to Buy a New Car in 10 Steps | Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com)

In a KBB article listing 10 steps to buying a new car, they list “Narrow down your shopping list” as a key step, which may be the most important step to save you time and prepare you for your next vehicle purchase. 

But, how do you narrow down your list when there are thousands choices, and new cars coming out every month?

Luckily we’ve created a better way to research the best electric car for you.

In this article we discuss…

The Problem

The problem with most car websites is they don’t really help you narrow down your list unless you already know the make and model you are looking for. You’ll usually start with a body type or two, that still leaves thousands of vehicles to search through. Also, most car websites rely on ads revenue, so their goal is to get users to increase clicks, not save time. Finally, most car websites haven’t fully adopted electric vehicles as the future.

Car searches don’t help you find the electric car to fit your lifestyle

Many of the big-name car sites we turn to have several shortcomings that do a poor job of meeting our needs as consumers.

The first shortcoming is the search. Whenever you turn to buy a product, you are looking to fulfill a need. In my case, our family needed a safe, reliable, seven-seat electric car with a 200-mile range.

Today, car sites prompt you to search for a car by body size or vehicle model. You are forced to look through pages of content searching for electric cars that best fit your needs.  The search by body style or model works well if you know what car you are looking for but is of little help if you want to find the right electric vehicle that fits your lifestyle.

If you have not settled on a vehicle, searching through countless pages of information is time-consuming, and unless you look at every vehicle, you may miss out on a vehicle candidate that meets your needs.

Electric Driver collected feedback validating 61% of people considering a car are looking at more than one option.
Electric Driver validated that most shoppers do not know what specific electric car to buy.

Display Ads lead to Poor Experiences

Part of the reason car sites make you look through countless pages is financial. Most publishers make money by displaying advertisements on their websites. Therefore, the More pages car sites show you, the more money they make. As a result, they have an incentive to show you as many pages as possible when you visit their website.  Any feature that will reduce the number of pages you will consume makes these car websites less money. Therefore many of these car websites place a gauntlet of pages in front of their visitors. 

Financial Incentive

The last but vital reason car sites do a poor job of covering electric cars again is financial. Gas-powered cars make up 98% of the automotive market. As a result, car sites focus most of their resources and mindshare to make money off the gas-powered auto market. As a result, electric cars are not a major priority for most car websites at this time.

 


A Better Way to Find the Best Electric Vehicle that Fits Your Lifestyle

Having experienced difficulties researching what right electric vehicle best fits our lifestyle, we decided there had to be a better way. Electric Driver is my opportunity to create a better way to research and find the right electric car for you. We believe electric cars are the present and the future. Therefore Electric Driver’s only focus is electric cars. Focusing exclusively on electric cars allows us to create an experience completely dedicated to addressing the unique needs and questions that arise from electric car shopping.

Helping Shoppers Transition to EV owners

Electric cars can save you time, money and reduce your emissions, leading to a healthier environment. Our goal is to help show you the benefits of owning an electric car. We feel once you experience these benefits electric cars provide, you will have a hard time going back to a gas-powered car. Before we go on, I won’t ask for your help. When visiting Electric Driver, if you do not see an answer to an important question you have, please let us know. We want to create a better experience and need your help creating this better way to research electric cars.

How to better research and shop for electric cars

  • Research Starts with Your Needs
  • Comparison Shopping Helps Make Decisions

Research Starts with your needs

When you look to buy a product or service, you search for a solution to your problem. In our case, when we wanted to buy an electric car, we needed a vehicle that could seat seven, travel at least 200 miles on a charge, be safe, reliable, and we wanted to cut our monthly gas bill. We wanted to find the right electric vehicle that fits your lifestyle. Our list of needs served as a checklist to evaluate which electric cars were contenders. Whenever you shop for a high-priced item like a car that will stay with you for years, spend the time determining what is important to you. Your needs are what will guide you to a better purchase decision. 

Electric Driver's survey feedback of biggest concerns car shoppers have when buying an electric car.
Electric Driver compiled the top concerns car shoppers have when considering a vehicle.

 

Any shopping journey begins with knowing what needs are important to you. Our solution is what we call a needs-based search. After you tell us what matters to you, we ask for your price range, how many people you need to transport, and how far you need to drive on a single charge.

Electric Driver needs-based search matches you with the top three vehicles that fit your needs.

Electric Driver then goes to work and matches you with the vehicles that most closely match your needs. The specific needs we use on Electric Driver result from countless interviews and feedback from people like you. 

When We Shop We Compare 

When considering a purchase, you make decisions, evaluate between multiple imperfect options, and find the solution that best meets your needs. Whether it’s deciding which college to attend, what movie to watch, or what car to buy, our nature is to compare and evaluate trade-offs between available options. In our example, our search at the time had us selecting between two choices, a Tesla Model X or Tesla Model Y. When using our list of needs to evaluate each vehicle, the seating was the tiebreaker for us. The Tesla Model X won out in the end because the seven-seat option was roomier and had more interior space.

You want to know what is important to you going into the shopping process in order to make better decisions.  Make sure you do your homework and leave no stone unturned when looking for suitable options to evaluate. The worst feeling is purchasing a high-priced vehicle only to find out your search overlooked a better option. 

How We Help You Compare and Evaluate to find the best fit for your lifestyle

Once you enter your information into Electric Driver’s needs-based search, we go to work. First, our website goes through all available electric cars to find which ones best meet your needs. Then Electric Driver presents you with the top three electric cars that most closely meet your needs within your budget. The search helps find the right electric vehicle that fits your lifestyle, Next, based on your needs Electric Driver shows you evaluate all three vehicles and shows you the trade-offs between all three options. Furthermore, Electric Driver also identifies which vehicle is the closest match. If for some reason, you do not like a specific vehicle, you can replace it with another electric car of your choosing. Once you have identified a potential candidate, you are ready to learn more about that specific vehicle.

Electric Driver's comparison page
Electric Driver’s comparison page helps you evaluate between vehicles to determine which one best fits your needs.

Vehicle Overview with Pros and Cons

While most have heard of electric vehicles, a small percentage admit to being knowledgeable about them. According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, approximately 98% of drivers say they’ve heard of electric vehicles, but only 30% say they’re knowledgeable about them. 68% say they have “heard of” plug-in EVs but “don’t know much about them.”

Our goal is to help give you a better picture of what it would be like to switch from your gas-powered car to an electric vehicle. Most people want to know how much money they would save by switching to an electric car. Electric Driver can estimate how much you could save by switching to an electric car. In the background, we use gas and electricity prices in your state to give you a local estimate.

The image below is the overview section for a 2021 Tesla Model 3 to illustrate what you can expect. We also share with you some benefits and drawbacks of owning an electric car.

Electric Driver 2021 Tesla Model 3 Overview
Electric Driver’s overview shows you how much you can expect to save in electricity costs versus gas plus other essential information.

 

Estimated Cost To Own an Electric Car

Another question you may have is how much does it cost to own an electric car. Specifically, how much can I expect to pay for maintenance, electricity, and insurance? Electric Driver provides estimated costs for maintenance, insurance, and electricity based on each specific electric car. In addition, electric Drive estimates cost based on what state you live in and what electric car you are considering. We also provide an estimate of what a gas vehicle would cost to own to help you visualize what you can expect to save by switching to an electric car.

Electric Driver Cost to Driver displaying insurance, electricity and maintenance estimates
Electric Driver Cost to Drive provides you with electricity, insurance, and maintenance cost estimates based on your location.

 

Electric Car Environmental Impact

Understanding what kind of environmental impact switching from a gas to an electric car is not clearly understood by many people. You know electric cars are better for the environment, but probably don’t have a deeper understanding. Electric Driver set out to find out more about the environmental impact. We show the environmental benefits of owning an electric car. We also created an electric car model-specific feature that shows how much carbon emissions you will save.

Electric cars are a good choice for the environment, but they do not eliminate emissions. Specifically, when you buy electricity from your electric utility, you may be creating some emissions in the process. Each state has various means they generate electricity including, coal plants, petroleum, hydroelectric, nuclear, or renewables. For example, electricity from coal creates more emissions than electricity from renewable resources. Electric Driver gives you insight into where your electricity is coming from and how much emissions you create.

Rest assured, the emissions from electricity in most cases, will be much less than what a gas-powered car creates. Ideally, the better option is to buy your own solar panels and further reduce your environmental emissions. Below is a rendering of our environmental impact feature, which should be available in August 2021.

 

Electric Driver provides environmental impact by model
The image shown is a rendering of our environmental feature that should be released in August 2021. The feature will show you how much emissions are saved and where your electricity comes from within your state.

Understanding your Electric Car

Once you have a leading contender, the next step is to learn more about the specific electric car and how it fits your lifestyle. Specifically, you want to see how the electric vehicle could fit into your life.  Now looking beyond your core needs is acceptable because you are trying to figure out how this vehicle can fit into your life. Understanding the warranty, reliability, and other features will help you visualize what owning this electric vehicle would look like.

 

Electric Driver vehicle specs of a Tesla Model 3
Displayed are safety, reliability, warranty, and charging information for a Tesla Model 3.

 

EV Charging In Your Area 

An Important yet overlooked question people may not consider is an electric vehicle charging in their area. Your electric vehicle will do most of its charging at home overnight, but there may be times you need to charge away from home. Therefore, you will need to have electric vehicle charging infrastructure in your area.

Electric car charging for Tesla Model 3 in Orange, CA shown.
Electric Driver also shows you a map of available chargers in your area.

 

Electric Driver – No Ads, Electric Vehicle Centered

No Display Ads on Electric Driver

We want to create a better way to research the right electric car, and display ads will get in the way. By skipping display advertisements, Electric Driver can remove unwanted distractions. By having Electric Drive be display advertisement free you are free of influence allowing you to be clear-headed when selecting the electric car that is right for you. 

An Electric Car Centric Experience to Help You Find the Best Electric Vehicle for Your Lifestyle

Electric Driver wants to help you find the right electric vehicle that fits your lifestyle. So Electric Driver created a unique electric car research experience designed to help you identify and select the right electric car with ease and no distractions. If you encounter a question on your electric vehicle journey that we don’t answer yet, let us know. We aim to get more people to save time, money and reduce their emissions by owning an electric car. 

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How to Own an Electric Car and Live in an Apartment

Considering buying an electric car, but Not Sure how to charge an electric car at an apartment?

Living in an apartment certainly presents more challenges with charging an electric vehicle, but don’t be discouraged.  There are many solutions to charge an electric car at an apartment with no charging stations.

It is estimated that nearly 39 million people in the United States call apartments home, and demand for apartments continues to rise across the globe.  But, many apartment complexes still do not offer charging stations for electric vehicles as demand grows and commitment from governments and auto manufacturers to produce more electric vehicles increases.

Now, if you’re really serious about buying an electric vehicle, it’s time to get creative to make your dreams come true.

Charge at Work

If you still work at a physical office and commute to an office, this is the easiest (and one of the cheapest) solutions. More and more companies are providing EV charging for their employees, so if your company provides chargers, you can charge up all day and leave work on a full charge.

If you commute to work, but your office does not provide EV charging, there is still hope. Many companies receive incentives for providing EV charging to their employees.  Why not ask and see if they are open to it? It’s likely you won’t be the first one, so the more interest they have, the more likely they would consider providing this perk to their employees.

Find Public EV Chargers Nearby

Find public charging stations near your home or office or any other place you visit frequently like a mall, restaurant, or gym.  There are many apps like Chargemap, Chargepoint, and Plugshare that show EV charging stations nearby, with photos, reviews, and real-time availability.  Even Google Maps lets you search for “EV charging stations“.

Plug Into a Wall Outlet

With a heavy duty extension cord, it is possible to charge your vehicle by running it from an outlet in your apartment to your vehicle.  This would be considered Level 1 charging where you are plugging the vehicle into a standard 120-volt outlet. If this is an option for you based on your parking, you will generally get a few miles of charge per hour or about 20-50 miles of charge over 10 hours.  If you commute less than 50 miles per day, you could plug your EV in every night and have close to a full charge the next morning.

Ask Your Landlord or Property Manager to Install an EV Charging Station

If you haven’t struck up a conversation yet with your property manager about EV charging stations, now may be a better time than ever.  As more and more people start to consider electric vehicles, apartment complexes will eventually have no choice but to install charging stations.  It is possible that your landlord has been considering this, but is waiting for more tenants to request EV charging.

Installing EV charging for tenants benefits both the tenant and property.  It would allow the apartment to advertise EV charging as an amenity and potentially charge higher rents.  Much of this would depend on the parking situation and the type of complex you live in.  It could be in the best interest of the property to consider this sooner rather than later.

Companies like Chargepoint and EverCharge work with your property to install EV charging stations on site.  ChargePoint even offers a template letter you can send to your landlord.  The apartment may pay for installation, but ask tenants to pay a small monthly maintenance fee.  This is in addition to all usage costs from charging your vehicle.  So, this may not be your best choice.

Look for Apartments Nearby with EV Charging Stations

If all else fails, it might be time to search for apartments in your area with EV charging stations.  If your lease is expiring soon and you were already considering moving, this could be your opportunity.  Find a place that offers EV charging, so that you can finally purchase that electric vehicle you’ve been eying.

Owning an Electric Vehicle while Living in an Apartment

Consider purchasing an electric vehicle with a longer-range battery, even if you don’t plan on taking long road trips.  The extra cost upfront could make up for the time spent charging.

All electric vehicles have different battery ranges, but most use the same charging methods.

Charging Types

  • Level 1 charging uses a standard 120V outlet, the same you’d plug your toaster into.  This gives about 3.5 to 6.5 miles of range per hour or up to 60 miles in 10 hours.
  • Level 2 charging uses a 240-volt outlet, the same you plug your oven or clothes dryer into. This gives about 12 to 35 miles of range per hour or up to 350 miles in 10 hours. Likely a full charge.
  • Level 3 charging, or superchargers (DC fast charging), gives about 90 miles in 30 minutes. These are typically only found in public charging stations.

Understanding the  different types of EV charging may also be helpful so that you can make an informed decision on how best to charge.

Charging electric vehicle

Owning an electric vehicle, even if you live in an apartment with no chargers, doesn’t have to stop you from purchasing your first electric car.  You may need to get creative and use multiple methods of charging listed here, but if you are really set on buying an electric car, you can make it work!