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What are electric cars?

Electric cars, or electric vehicles (EVs) to be more inclusive, are fully electric and rely on batteries for their power. There are plug-in hybrids that act like EVs but can also operate like gas-electric hybrids when the charge is depleted, and
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Are electric cars more efficient than gas-powered cars?

Technically, electric motors are more efficient than gasoline or diesel engines and can provide cheaper operation per mile — but it depends on the cost of electricity and gasoline (or diesel) where you live, and EVs tend to cost more up front. EVs
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Can I use public chargers to charge my electric car?

Public charging should be viewed as an occasional convenience or means to venture past one’s own region. That’s because it’s often more expensive (or can become so without warning), and because even fast charging is usually timed in hours, not
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How do cold temperatures affect electric cars?

Cold is the Achilles’ heel of EVs regardless of make or model. Range can plummet as the battery pack cools, and the occupants sacrifice range further to heat the cabin electrically. According to a AAA study, EVs can lose more than 40% of their range
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Which EVs are eligible for the federal tax credit?

Though a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500 for longer-range electric cars remains for some EV automakers, Tesla and GM hit their sales caps in 2019 and are no longer eligible. The Biden administration has proposed more generous incentives, for
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