The Dollars and Cents Around Electric Vehicles

10 Sep


Electric vehicles (EVs) are awesome. They aren’t for everyone – range anxiety, at least in all-electric models, is still the most common concern, and most driving enthusiasts have a hard time getting excited about a silent, efficient car. The reality is, for a significant part of the population, a plug-in hybrid would fit the bill to a ‘T’, allowing 20-or-so miles of free or very inexpensive electric range for errands around town while also offering the extensive range and incredible fuel economy of a hybrid.

While you may have heard these things from us before (when you drive about 6,000 miles a year without paying for gas, you like to brag about it,) it bears repeating for a reason that anyone who’s shopped for a car can relate to: dollars and cents.

EVs and plug-in hybrids are really inexpensive right now, compared to their hybrid competition. Why is this? There are several reasons, and all of them make sense for manufacturers while saving cents for consumers. Who doesn’t love a win-win?

Car manufacturers are constantly working to meet federal standards for fuel efficiency. One incredibly effective way to make a vehicle lineup compliant with federal emissions and efficiency standards is to make a portion of your lineup, and a large portion of the cars you actually sell, electric or hybrid.

Since most people have never owned an EV, though, carmakers still have a difficult trust barrier to break through. One way to accomplish that feat? Use government incentives in combination with special offers to offer impressive bargains on EVs and PHEVs.

And that, in a nutshell, is why a lineup of Butler’s employee cars would look like a snapshot of manufacturers’ electric lineup. The cars we love are available at a price we love because they are more environmentally friendly and less expensive to fuel.! It’s a no-brainer for us!