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Angie's List: Analyzing Electric Vehicles

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Gas price fluctuation is one of many reasons people are looking to purchase electric vehicles. 

Soon the demand for energy-efficient cars may increase, as manufacturers prepare to debut new, affordable models that can go as much as 200 miles after charging. 

While many buyers can't afford a luxury, high-end vehicle, both Tesla and Chevrolet are promising new electronic vehicles ranging around $30,000 soon. That’s the average price of a new gas-powered car, but owners of electric-powered vehicles cite lower maintenance costs as their reason for making the switch.

"With a pure electric car, you don’t have oil changes, you don’t have radiator flush," Electric vehicle owner Eric Roland said. "You do have to check your brake pads, but the maintenance, in the long run, is significantly reduced.”

Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks suggests if you do decide to pull the plug on your gas guzzler, you may need a new plug at home.

“You want to make sure you have the proper outlet at your home or outside your garage so you can charge it," said Hicks. "A lot of times people will use a 120-volt outlet, but you really would want a 240-volt. It’s going to take less time to charge your car.”

Your home electric bill will certainly rise if you go with an electric car, so check with your utility provider on a discounted rate if you use off-peak hours to charge your car.

You can also receive federal tax credits when you buy an alternative fuel vehicle.

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