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Time To Plug In

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Electric car manufacturers seek expansion in the new decade BY JOSEPH WOLKIN

jwolkin@antonmediagroup.com

Get ready to cruise in the HOV lane. Believe it or not, you don’t even need to have passengers during rush hour to pass the insane traffic that everyday New Yorkers are accustomed to. Meet the electric car, which is seeking a major expansion as the new decade just kicked off. The electric cars, comprised of revolutionary technology, can last anywhere from 100 to almost 400 miles on the road. While the electric car is nowhere close to overtaking the traditional gas-powered machines, there are plenty of benefits for those who want to feel environmentally-friendly. But at

the same time, consumers need to understand that these vehicles are far from perfect. “The market share of electric vehicles on Long Island is .068 is the latest number I looked at in the beginning of December,” Rosemary Mascali, chair of Drive Electric Long Island’s education and outreach subcommittee, told Anton Media Group. “It’s still not a large adoption, but there’s reasons for it. For years, there weren’t a lot of models, there was a big price differential and there weren’t a lot of incentives.” Electric cars are complex, and organizations like Drive Electric Long Island, which is run by the

United States Green Building Council, aim to have consumers understand how they work. Unlike plug-in hybrids, which have a split electric motor and a regular gasoline-based one, electric cars run solely on a battery. The lithium-ion batteries are expensive, which drives the overall cost up. The cars, though, can now be charged at home. It will take several hours, preferably overnight, to fully charge and it add to your electric bill. There is no need to purchase a high-voltage charger. “Owners can use a standard outlet, which takes a

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ELECTRIC CARS from page 17A while, or install a wall charger for a much quicker charge,” a July 2019 study by Consumer Reports stated. “All electric vehicles come with a 110-volt-compatible, or Level 1, home connector kit. It’s essentially a fancy extension cord that allows your car to be plugged into a standard outlet on one end and into the car on the other end.” But these cars are not meant for long trips. This is for the daily commuter, going to and from work, plus maybe a little extra driving. The battery life of these cars means that they’re perfect for those who drive about 100 miles per day, with some leeway depending on the car’s capability. A Tesla Model S can last for 373 miles without having to be recharged, while the Ford Focus Electric will need some extra juice after 115 miles. Audi’s first electric SUV, called the e-tron, lasts about 250 miles and can be recharged in an astonishing time of just a half-hour. “Every electric car that goes on the road today is going to get greener over time,” Mascali said. “Ford seems to be picking up the pace.” Within the next decade, manufacturers, led by Tesla’s innovation, will not only last longer, but they’ll be the optimal choice for consumers. “If you’re one that drives 20 to 30 miles a day, the plug-in cars are pretty attractive,” she explained. “The hybrids can kick into gas if you need it.” A study conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance states that by 2040, electric cars might be out-selling the traditional internal combustion vehicles, with sales nearing 50 million cars. However, this is a major challenge that is befalling this industry. “There are already 630,000 public charging points installed globally, and utilities, oil and gas companies, automakers and pure-play operators are currently all active in this area,” the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report states. “But much more will be needed to serve the growing EV fleet.” Some companies, as Mascali pointed out, are even adding electric vehicle charging stations for their employees. Among them are local companies on Long Island, as well as universities in the area, making it easier and cheaper for people to charge their cars. That’s not all, either. New York’s Clean Pass program actually enables drivers of electric vehicles to hop onto the HOV lane and avoid traffic. Yeah, it’s perfect for commuters who frequently travel on the Long Island Expressway.

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In 2020, New York added the following vehicles to the HOV lane access list: • 2020 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV • 2020 Ford Fusion Special Service PHEV • 2020 Honda Insight and Insight Touring HEV • 2020 Jaguar I-Pace BEV • 2020 Kia Soul BEV • 2020 Toyota Corolla HEV • 2020 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV • 2020 Toyota Prius AWD HEV Overall, there are approximately 80 types of vehicles that are eligible for Clean Pass stickers, according to the New York report states. Every electric car that State Department The price differgoes on the road today of Transportation. ential, thanks to is going to get greener While the cost the cheaper batterof electric cars are over time. ies, will greatly help indeed expensive, —Rosemary Mascali consumers who want there is hope for to move away from the the future. Battery standard gas-powered prices, as the technology vehicles. increases, are expected to “The cost of the battery is steadily decline. That would mean the cars are coming down,” Mascali said. more affordable. Eventually, elecAdditionally, the government if tric-based vehicles will take a toll on offering ways to assist consumers in the oil industry. purchasing the green machines. “Despite the rapid uptake of elec“The federal government and tric vehicles across many different ve- a number of states offer financial hicle segments, direct CO2 emissions incentives, including tax credits, for from road transport continue rising lowering the up-front costs of plug-in for the next 10 years before peaking electric vehicles,” the Office of Energy in 2030, mainly due to a growing Efficiency and Renewable Energy internal combustion vehicle fleet,” states on its website. “The federal the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax

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credit is for $2,500 to $7,500 per new EV purchased for use in the U.S.” The upfront cost of an electric car is immaculate, with the lowest being the Nissan Leaf, with a MSRP of $29,990. The inconvenience of charging your car each night might be bothersome at first, too. However, you will save a significant amount of money by using electricity in your home, rather than frequenting a gas station each week to fill up your tank. “The government policy will make a difference,” Mascali said. The benefits are certainly visible for the electric cars, but it costs a lofty price. In the future, the price will likely decrease significantly, a great sign for the industry and one step closer to making the world we live on a safer and healthier place to life.


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Top 5 Electric Cars Of The New Decade BY JOSEPH WOLKIN

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The new decade has arrived, and it’s the perfect time to go green with a brand-new electric car. While the upfront cost of an electric car is more than a traditional model, the amount of money consumers spend following the purchase of such a vehicle is significantly less given they will not have to visit the pump every week. But what cars are a must-purchase for the start of the new decade?

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Tesla Model S This Tesla might as well be a racecar. It has 518 horsepower, looks sleet and it is indeed fast. By looking at it, you’d never guess this Tesla is an all-electric vehicle. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, and its battery lasts up to 373 miles. This sporty Tesla also comes with all-wheel drive, making it perfect for icy conditions throughout the winter. Price: Starts at $75,000

Jaguar I-PACE This is the car everyone has been waiting for. Jaguar went all out, putting every piece of ingenuity they could into the I-PACE, and it paid off. The electric SUV has been a hit since it hit dealerships across the nation. It feature a driving range of 234 miles and fast-charging capabilities. The I-PACE comes with several driver assists, making the driving experience incredibly interactive. Though it’s an electric vehicle, it maintains 394 horsepower, making it the optimum eco-friendly choice to put into your garage. Price: Starts at $69,850

Ford Mustang Mach-E Imagine a Ford Mustang, but larger and electric. That’s literally what this stallion is. Not only is the Mustang turning into a SUV, but it’s going to be one of the fastest electric vehicles as soon as it hits the road. The all-new Mustang, which will debut later this year, will have 459 horsepower under the hood, which will last for about 270 miles. The GT version of the Mach-E will be available within the year, and this one will feature an actual grille, whereas the standard model won’t have one so it can focus on performance-oriented consumers. Price: Starts at $44,995

BMW i3 This is quite the expensive electric ride considering it only lasts for 153 miles. However, it includes all of BMW’s advanced technology, making it a must-buy. This sedan has a gorgeous metallic look to it, featuring a beautiful accent on the side skirts. The BMW machine looks futuristic, and it isn’t too large, which means it’s perfect for parallel parking. Price: Starts at $44,450

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Porsche Taycan This is not a toy. This is the real deal. Porsche just entered the future thanks to creation of the Taycan. It still features the same, gorgeous look of a Porsche. But this one is all-electric, and it lasts for about 200 miles for one charge. The Porsche goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, and it tops out at 160 mph. Get ready to fly out east with the turbo option, too. Price: Starts at $103,800

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