How Electric Vehicles Turn a Boon for Rural Drivers

Auto Tech Outlook | Friday, May 13, 2022

Drivers in remote locations sometimes have to travel farther to get to employment, medical institutions, schools, etc.

Fremont, CA: The rural heartland would benefit from an electrified lifestyle. Based on their state or the type of car they drive, rural drivers stand to profit the most by converting to an electric vehicle (EV). Rural areas around the country have distinct features. Still, certain similar traits, such as travel lengths, vehicle types are driven, and socioeconomics, contributes to this greater potential for benefit from car electrification.

Here are 3 reasons why switching to an EV will assist rural drivers the most:

Longer driving lengths in rural regions result in greater fuel and maintenance savings when converting to an electric vehicle.

When a motorist moves from a gasoline-powered automobile to an EV, they can save up to twice much fuel as an urban counterpart making the same changeover. Drivers in remote locations sometimes have to travel farther to get to employment, medical institutions, schools, etc.

Bringing clean car technology to rural regions would help rural drivers and the rural economy. In addition, savings on gasoline and maintenance may be substantial, so customers will have more money in their pockets when electric cars replace internal combustion engines on rural roads.

In rural locations, larger and older cars result in greater fuel savings when transitioning to an EV.

Rural regions have a larger proportion of full-size SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans than cities and a higher proportion of older automobiles. Larger and older vehicles are far less fuel-efficient; therefore, moving to a comparable-sized EV is likely to result in even higher fuel savings for drivers of such vehicles. Many rural residents cannot afford contemporary automobiles or trucks. Thus, regulations to encourage EV ownership are required.

Many rural drivers can charge their cars at home.

Home charging is a practical choice for many rural drivers because rural drivers are considerably more likely to reside in single-family houses than in multi-unit dwellings.

However, despite the increased availability of home charging, many families face a hurdle due to a lack of publicly accessible charging infrastructure. Across the country, efforts are made to install charging points in shopping malls and office garages, mostly along roads.

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