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hould your next car be an electric vehicle (EV)? The answer depends on your lifestyle. EVs account for just


1.2 percent of the U.S. vehicle market, but sales are booming, growing 25 percent last year. And they’re getting better and cheaper as researchers improve the batteries that power \PMU <PM ÅZ[\ \PQVO \W ZMITQbM IJW]\ electric cars is they can drive more than enough miles for you on a single charge, even if you live out in the country.


If you’re considering an EV, try keeping track of your actual daily mileage. A typical range for an EV today is over 100 miles, and ranges of 150 to 250 miles are becoming common. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American drives 25 miles a day, and for rural areas, that average is 34 miles a day.


Another reason it’s worth thinking realistically about your daily mileage comes from the most likely way an electric car would be refueled. Over 90 percent of EV charging is done at home. When an electric car is done driving for the day, you simply plug it in to recharge W^MZVQOP\ -[[MV\QITTa aW]¼ZM \WXXQVO Wff the gas tank while you sleep, giving you a fully-charged battery every morning.


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