With the new U.S. tax regulations supporting purchase of electric vehicles (EVs), there will be many new first-time EV owners in the near future.

What are considerations for someone planning to buy their first EV? Are there any distinct situations that an EV is not a good fit for?

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    Don't forget the other side of the scale: situations where walking, public transport or cycling are better. Sustainably speaking, cars/trucks are very much the fallback position when none of those can be used.
    – Móż
    Jan 6, 2023 at 6:37

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They are a non-starter for me. One trip I make is 80 miles ( 160 round trip), much of it in Houston, so chance of getting struck in traffic with need of AC. You will find the AC ( or heat) needs about as much power as moving the car.

  • I agree, intense weather is a concern. Also the availability of charging stations in the area. And your trip length is significant, I understand where you're coming from! I'm a fan of EV's still myself, but I know they won't be a fit for everyone.
    – 4dcndn
    Jan 4, 2023 at 20:57
  • Where did you get the data on AC? Jan 14, 2023 at 22:09
  • Internal reports from Amoco engine lab . Speeds like 40 and 50 mph with little wind resistance require only low horse power. Jan 16, 2023 at 15:42

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