Consider your model criteria:
Crossover, Sedan, Truck, or SUV? Battery electric or Plug-in hybrid? How much cabin and trunk space do you need? Which special features do you require (AWD, adaptive cruise control, etc.)? Compare models.
Decide on your timeframe for purchasing/leasing:
If you are currently leasing, when does your contract end? Is your timing flexible or is there a set time when you’ll need a new car? Can you time your purchase with a DCBA EV Preferred Pricing Campaign?
Estimate your budget:
What monthly payment are you comfortable with? Remember, you’ll save money by fueling your EV at home with electricity compared to gas! Explore potential EV incentives and tax credits.
Explore lease vs. purchase:
Compare new vs. used:
With a new car you’ll benefit from tax credits and incentives and the latest technology. There are plenty of used EV options with a variety of battery ranges. When purchasing a used car, be sure to test the battery health by charging it to its maximum capacity.
Determine your battery range needs:
Evaluate home charging:
If you drive less than 40 miles a day, consider plugging your EV into a standard 120V outlet. It’s ample for most drivers. If you have a longer commute and cannot charge at work, use the Home Charging Advisor to research faster charging options.