When Nissan introduced the world’s first all-electric LEAF car nearly 10 years ago, the Japanese automaker not only launched a brand new car segment, but may have unknowingly revolutionized the automotive industry. We had to wait a little before seeing the electrified car take its place on the market, but today we can say that we are at the heart of an electric revolution. Or at least at the beginning of this revolution.
The electric car has never been so popular. LEAF is still one of the main players in the EV segment, but there are more and more models available to consumers as well. Those who are thinking about electrifying their transportation have more options than ever before, and more and more buyers are turning to the electric car as their next car. If you are part of the lot, this article aims to help you better understand what is involved in the purchase of an electric car cover and how to proceed.
Reconcile autonomy and our needs
Autonomy is perhaps the most important element to consider when buying an electric vehicle. As you know, an electric car uses a battery to power an engine and this battery must be charged to drive. Not so long ago, the range of an electric vehicle rarely exceeded 175 kilometers. Today, there is a variety of models with more than 250 kilometers of reach. There are even models with more than 300 and 400 kilometers of autonomy. We no longer have to make concessions with our travels and this is probably what explains the growing popularity of electrified cars.
That said, we still need to take the time to determine our needs for autonomy. Will your electric vehicle be used solely for your travel to work or around the house? You may not need an electric vehicle at 400 kilometers of range.m”The range of electric vehicles varies greatly from model to model. At Nissan, there is the Nissan LEAF 242 kilometers of autonomy, but we also recently received the Nissan LEAF Plus with 363 kilometers of autonomy. When a customer hesitates between the two, we ask how many kilometers he or she travels per week on average and the answer dictates the final choice of version, “says a sales consultant at Nissan Plainville.
Before finalizing our choice of EVs, we must determine our needs for autonomy by calculating the average distances we travel on a regular basis. The result of the exercise will help us better target our choice.
It will be necessary to install a charging station at home to recharge our electric car. Make sure that your home can accept the addition of a terminal, that you have a safe and weather-proof place to install it and like any product that you store your terminal. Also note that government discounts are available on the purchase of a charging station.
The discounts, precisely
In Quebec, it is possible to obtain up to $ 13,000 rebate on the purchase of an electrified vehicle thanks to the Quebec government’s incentive programs and the Government of Canada’s recent size program. The full rebate applies to the purchase, but we can also get generous incentives for renting. That said, the purchase is probably the best solution to get more for our purchase, but if you prefer to try the electric experience without attaching too much, renting can be a good option. In the end, as with autonomy, it is enough to properly analyze our needs. One thing is certain; the increased range of modern electric cars no longer imposes a compromise with the purchase of an electric car. The moment is excellent to switch to electrification.
How to make sure your vehicle survives the heat of summer
The majority of motorists know that winter has a very negative effect on our vehicle. That said, many are unaware that summer can be as difficult on the mechanical components of your car as cold temperatures. We must therefore make sure to check certain important components of our vehicle that can be damaged by periods of heat wave. “The battery, in particular, is put to the test in the summer. We must therefore ensure that it will be able to hold on, just like our tires and of course air conditioning. We must also think about the interior of our vehicle that can be damaged by the sun’s rays, “said a member of the service team at Kia des Laurent ideas. So, before the intense heat of summer arrives, see to have your vehicle inspected and also see to protect your fabric against the sun.
According to CAA-Quebec, the battery of your vehicle can fall 33% faster flat in summer than in winter. It is therefore wise to perform a load test to be certain that it will be able to survive the summer period. It should also be inspected visually regularly to find cracks and swelling that may indicate that she is about to let go.
With a constant impact from the sun, the paint on your vehicle could lose its luster. We must therefore be careful to protect it if we see that it is less brilliant, and try as often as possible to park in the shade.
Like the paint of our vehicle, the sun has a particularly negative effect on the fabric of our seats and our dashboard, especially the leather. In the long run, the sun dries out the leather, which can then crack more easily. We must therefore be careful to moisturize our leather frequently, and avoid exposing it to the sun too long.
It is important that the tires on our vehicle are in good condition because the heat can accelerate wear and increase the risk of punctures. We must also make sure that our tires are well inflated.